Hispanic Studies’ Faculty Focus for October 2020 is Yulian Martínez-Escobar.
Mr. Yulian Martínez-Escobar joined the Department of Hispanic Studies for the first time in 2011 and, since his arrival, has taught extensively in the Basic Spanish Language Program.
With respect to his professional formation, Mr. Martínez-Escobar’s experience has been both varied and impressive, with studies being undertaken in foreign language pedagogy (B.A. in Foreign Language Instruction from the Universidad Industrial de Santander-Bucaramanga, Colombia ; M.A. in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the Universidad de León—León, Spain ), as well as in film production (New York University School of Continuing and Professional Arts ; Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University ).
Activities undertaken in both fields of endeavor, to be sure, have given ample evidence of Mr. Martínez-Escobar’s considerable talents: in the former, by way of his success in the classroom and manner of inspiring his students; in the latter, with the enthusiastic reception of his recently produced documentary, Invisible Hands—a film which documents the experience of seasonal migrant workers in South Carolina.
For all of the above—and much else—Hispanic Studies is proud to name Yulian among its accomplished faculty.
In his own words…
At an early age I developed a passion for traveling, and with it a passion for learning other languages to help me communicate with and understand people from different cultures. As a teacher of Spanish, I love to challenge my students to experience cultures beyond their own, to promote a more peaceful and empathetic world, where nobody feels superior or inferior to others, and where nobody believes that other cultures are wrong simply because they are foreign. My motto is: “It’s not bad. It’s different.”