Rivera-Valdes Appointed Convocation Professor 2012

Dr. Sonia Rivera-Valdés, a full professor in the Department of Foreign Languages (School of Arts & Sciences) has been selected as the 2012-2013 Convocation Professor.

Dr. Rivera-Valdés holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from the Graduate Center (CUNY) and began to teach at York in 1978.  Since 1996 she has served as a full-time faculty member in her department.  She has worked for over thirty years promoting Caribbean and Latin American Culture in the United States, as well as establishing cultural links between Latin America, the Hispanic Caribbean countries and the United States.

In 1997, Dr. Rivera-Valdés won the Casa de las Américas prize, one of the most prestigious literary awards in Latin America, with Las historias prohibidas de Marta Veneranda (The Forbidden Stories of Martha Veneranda).  The book has been published in several countries and languages.  In 2003, she published Historias de mujeres grandes y chiquitas and its English version appeared the same year: Stories of Little Women and Grown Up Girls.  In 2011, her novel Rosas de abolengo was published in New York and it will be presented at the Book Fair of Havana in February 2013.  Dr. Rivera-Valdés is the president and a founder of Latino Artists Round Table (LART).  In 2000, the Daily News Magazine selected her as one of the New York Grassroots Latino Influentials.  In 2004, she was selected as a Distinguished Honoree Latino by the Comptroller of the City of New York and Hispanic National Bar Association (New York Region).  In recognition of her literary work York College awarded her the 2009 Presidential Award for Scholarship.

We are proud to have Dr. Rivera-Valdés among our distinguished faculty and are excited to have her as the 2012-13 Convocation Professor.