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Opening Night with Dr. Estevan Rael-Galvez: Mud to Mod through Memory


Thursday May 3, at 6:00 p.m.
Salt Lake City Main Library, Nancy Tessman Auditorium


Dr. Estevan Rael-Galvez speaks passionately about the importance of memory and history, recognizing that when it is truly alive, memory invites us to make history. For him, this incredible opportunity is most profoundly situated in places, both the built environment and the natural environment. This is where wisdom sits. Protecting those places, the stories, and the people that nourish them is something that he is dedicated to working on, and hopes to inspire others to do the same.  Click below for more information about Dr.  Rael-Gálvez.

Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez joined the National Trust for Historic Preservation in May 2011 as the Vice President of Historic Sites. The Vice President of Historic Sites provides leadership to staff and volunteer stewards of the National Trust's historic sites. The sites include museums and cultural centers, each dynamic in their own way, and collectively represent broad and significant elements of the American experience.

Prior to joining the National Trust, Estevan served as the Executive Director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center, a 51- acre campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico which includes an art museum, a performing arts center, an archive/library and a vibrant educational department.

Estevan also served as the State Historian of New Mexico, New Mexico's leading advocate for history, where he catalyzed the Office of the State Historian and his efforts included implementing initiatives, such as a student internship program, a residential scholar's program and an award winning multimedia, interactive website. In this capacity, he also served as the chairman of the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee, the advisory-policy making board that oversees the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division and establishes preservation policy for the State of New Mexico.

Estevan attended the University of California at Berkeley, earning a B.A. in English Literature and Ethnic Studies and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American Cultures at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, completing an award - winning dissertation on American Indian slavery and identity in the Southwest. Estevan is a native New Mexican, raised in both northern Taos county and the southern part of Colorado's San Luis Valley.

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The Utah Humanities Council enriches our cultural, intellectual, and civic life by providing opportunities for all Utahns to explore life's most engaging questions and the wonders of the human experience.