Larry Torres

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Larry Torres
OccupationAssociate Professor

Larry Torres is an Associate Professor of Foreign Languages at the University of New Mexico in Taos, New Mexico and has taught Russian, French, Spanish, English, Bilingual Education, and Ancient Languages for 32 years. As of 2003 he was the head of the university's Fine Arts and Culture Department. He is regularly recognized for his expertise in the culture and folklore of northern New Mexico. He is also the cofounder for the Governor's School for International Studies in Tennessee.[1][2]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Torres has received a number of awards for his work in the field of education. He was a recipient of the Walt Disney Corporation's Outstanding National Foreign Language Teacher of the Year Award in 1992.[3] In 1993, he received the National Educator Award.[4] He was also a recipient of the Golden Apple Award[5] for which he received a scholarship and sabbatical to continue his research.[6] Torres has been named Outstanding New Mexican of the Year twice.[7] He is also a founding member of the Tennessee Governor's School of International Studies with which he has worked closely for 24 years.[7] Torres is the author of Six Nuevomexicano Folk Dramas for Advent Season[8] and has contributed to a number of other works.Mr. Torres was given the Camino Real Award as one of 15 Outstanding New Mexicans for 1996. In 1998 his radio talk show "Cafecito y Cultura" won first place for best public service from the Associated Press and in 1999 his radio show "Paso a Paso" won a first place for best documentary on the airwaves also by the Associated Press of New Mexico. In his most recent coup in 2003, Larry Torres received a grant through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to work with New Mexico State University in the development of material for the teaching of first generation Hispanic students at the university level. Its focus is on cultural sensitivity training and enhancement.

Public appearance[edit]

In 2005, he was featured on the television show Good Morning America and in 2008 he appeared on NBC's The Today Show to discuss the Taos Hum.[9] He has also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno[10] and the national radio show America Tonight.

Recent publications[edit]

  • In the Footsteps of the Hermit.[11]
  • Cruising the Camino Real.[12]
  • "Habla Usted Spam-glish?" weekly column in The Taos News.[13]
  • "Growing up Spanglish" weekly column in The Santa Fe New Mexican.[14]
  • Four entries in the Encyclopedia of Hispanic American Religious Culture.[15]
  • Multiple entries in the Sacred Places of Taos.[16]

Recent interviews and citations[edit]

  • Mellott, David M. I Was and I Am Dust: Penitente Practices as a Way of Knowing. Liturgical Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-8146-6225-0
  • Nathanson, Rick. "Character Driven: Taos' history, allure linked to personalities who have called it home" in the Albuquerque Journal Summer Guide, May 9, 2010[17]
  • Headerle, Michael. "In New Mexico, parishioners keep their church immortal" in the Los Angeles Times, June 20, 2010[18]


  1. ^ Carol Mell (2003-01-17). "Keeping the Culture Alive". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  2. ^ Masco, Joseph (2006). The Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico. Princeton University Press. p. 165. ISBN 0691120773.
  3. ^ Hispanic Link Weekly Report. Hispanic Link News Service. 1983-11-21. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  4. ^ "Larry Torres". Milken Family Foundation. 1993. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  5. ^ "Noted Teacher to Discuss Penitente Brotherhood". Albuquerque Journal. 1997-04-11. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  6. ^ "Top Educators Finish Sabbaticals". Albuquerque Journal. 1997-01-05. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  7. ^ a b "The Governor's Schools of Tennessee: Student Handbook" (PDF). The University of Memphis. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  8. ^ Torres, Larry (1999). Six Nuevomexicano Folk Dramas for the Advent Season. University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 978-0-8263-1963-0.
  9. ^ "El Mitote". The Santa Fe New Mexican. 2008-02-16. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  10. ^ "Press Release Taos: Hidden Culture Revealed in Mystic Secrets". Taos Vacation Guide. 2009-07-07. Archived from the original on May 12, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-07.
  11. ^ "NMSU: Home". 2005-09-01. Retrieved 2011-03-16.
  12. ^ "NMSU: Home". 2005-09-01. Retrieved 2011-03-16.
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  14. ^ "Santa Fe Breaking News, Santa Fe Weather, Santa Fe Business, Santa Fe Sports, New Mexico Politics, Santa Fe Travel, Santa Fe News". 2005-01-01. Retrieved 2011-03-16.
  15. ^ Hispanic American Religious Cultures - Google Books. Retrieved 2011-03-16.
  16. ^ The next generation of Blakes. "Places: Taos Pueblo, Ranchos Church, The Taos Hum | Taos Sacred Places | Taos New Mexico". Taos Sacred Places. Retrieved 2011-03-16.
  17. ^ "Albuquerque Journal Online v2.01 tab Albuquerque and New Mexico State and Local News, Sports, Weather and Jobs, Cars, Real Estate and Classified Advertising". ABQjournal. Retrieved 2011-03-16.
  18. ^ "Council pay in Vernon, Inglewood, Compton is high, but Bell is still No. 1". The Los Angeles Times.

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