Hispanic linguist Juan R. Valdez '93 will present a lecture on Thursday, April 7 at 4:10 p.m. at the Days-Massolo Center. The lecture, titled “Feeling Spanish: The Linguistic Self-Image of Dominicans,” is free and open to the public.
Valdez holds a doctorate in Hispanic linguistics from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), a master’s in education from CUNY’s City College, and a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Hamilton. Valdez’s research deals with the construction of linguistic identities in Latin American communities, and his recent book, Tracing Dominican Identities, examines the linguistic ideology of Pedro Henríquez Ureña, a prominent 20th century Dominican philosopher and literary critic.
Valdez is currently assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Wyoming, and has taught Michigan State University, Stanford University, at New York University, and at several CUNY schools.
Valdez’s lecture is sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of Diversity.