Cultural Historian Estevan Rael-Gálvez

Estevan Rael-Gálvez

Executive Director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center

Estevan Rael-Gálvez

Monday, December 14
6pm Tipton Hall
$5 General Public | $2.50 students/seniors/SFAI members

The Santa Fe Art Institute is pleased to bring you Cultural Historian and Executive Director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Estevan Rael-Gálvez as part of our 2009 Visiting Artist & Lecture season, Memory: Shadow and Light | Art as individual/collective memory. Join us for his lecture on Monday, December 14th when Rael-Gálvez will talk about art, history, and memory.

A native son of the Southwest, Rael-Gálvez was raised farming and ranching in the closely-knit villages of Questa and Costilla, New Mexico and Jaroso, Colorado. His ancestral connections to indigenous villages and communities also profoundly shaped his worldview. It was in these villages, where his imagination was nourished somewhere in between the delicacy of what was spoken by his elders and the strength of the written word. He continues to maintain his ancestral home in the village of Questa.

Rael-Gálvez attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned his B.A. in English Literature and Ethnic Studies, an education complimented by his work with labor advocacy in San Francisco. He went on to receive his M.A. and Ph.D. in American Cultures at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, with his training grounded especially in Cultural Anthropology, History and Literature. His dissertation, “Identifying Captivity and Capturing Identity: Narratives of American Indian Servitude” focused on the meanings of American Indian slavery and a unique legacy and identity in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Rael-Gálvez is currently working on the manuscript, The Silence of Slavery.

Prior to becoming the Executive Director at NHCC, Rael-Gálvez served as the State Historian of New Mexico. Rael-Gálvez also served as the chairman of the Cultural Properties Review Committee, the policy commission for historic preservation statewide. During his tenure as State Historian, he established several initiatives and programs, including the N. M. Scholars’ Program, the Internship Program and the New Mexico Digital History Project, an interdisciplinary, multi-media online resource of photographs, oral histories, documents, interpretive essays and virtual exhibits.

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