Public Scholar


Public Talks + Lectures + Presentations

As a public scholar, for over two decades, Julián Esteban Torres López has proactively taken his work on the effects of systems of oppression and dominant cultures from within the academy and to the masses.

Decolonizing & Indigenizing Storytelling

Texas A&M University, San Antonio

Cultural Heritage Podcasting

Texas A&M University, San Antonio

Immigration & Border Crossing

California State University, Chico

Memoir As a Political Act

Mechanics' Institute Library, San Francisco

Narrative Storytelling & Social Justice

Academy of Art, San Francisco

Colombian Magical Realism

The Pearl Remote Democratic High School

Leveraging BIPOC Identities in Publishing

Women's National Book Association, Authentic Voices Program

The Insecurity of Security Policies in the Andes: An analysis of the U.S.-Colombian fight against narco-terrorism and its impact on Colombia’s neighbors

29th International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Toronto

Colombia, the Conflicts and Beyond: Perspectives on a Canadian Ally

Simon Fraser University

Pre-Columbian Colombia: The Indigenous Before Conquest

University of British Columbia Okanagan

The Colombian Centaur: A Gramscian approach to hegemony and transformation during Simón Bolívar’s Colombia

University of British Columbia Okanagan

The Other Colombia

University of British Columbia Okanagan

Marx's Humanism and Its Limits

University of New Hampshire

The Social Construction of the Taboo of Cannibalism: An Ethical Dilemma for Vegetarians and Meat-Loves Alike

University of New Hampshire

Curious vs. Certain Dispositions in Dialogue: Roadblocks and Pathways Toward Understanding and Clarity

University of New Hampshire

Diversity and Poetry

Seacoast African American Cultural Center, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Historical, Political, and Social Influences on the Poetry of Gil Scott-Heron and Saul Williams

University of New Hampshire


COnversations In the Media

Smooth Podcast episode: “Creating Community through Podcasting with Julián Esteban Torres López.” Ever wonder how to produce a podcast from scratch? How to reach an audience that benefits your business? Do you want to build a podcast but don’t know where to start? Julián joins Smooth Podcast host Daniela as to answer those questions using The Nasiona as his example and case study, Julián shares with Daniela the resources, tools, and hacks to creating community via podcasting.  This is the first of a 2-part special with Julián.

Smooth Podcast episode: “Creating a Space to be Vulnerable with Julián Esteban Torres López.” This is the second of a 2-part special with Julián. During the conversation he addresses some of the biggest mistakes he’s made and biggest lessons he learned while creating The Nasiona, he identifies some of the biggest life-changing hacks he intentionally employs every day, he openly discusses mental health, and speaks to where he currently is with The Nasiona movement. Julián joins Smooth Podcast host Daniela to answer those questions using The Nasiona as his example and case study, Julián shares with Daniela the resources, tools, and hacks to creating a space to be vulnerable via podcasting.

A 2011, Al Jazeera On-Air interview where Julián discussed the likelihood of the end of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) after the death of Colombian guerrilla leader Alfonso Cano and whether the FARC had completely divorced itself from its foundational ideology.

2AM Burrito Podcast episode: “A History of Colonization & The Struggle of Transformation.” As conflicts continue to arise all over the world between colonizers and the oppressed, filmmaker Luis Martinez of the 2AM Burrito Podcast reached out to Julián to discuss colonization, transformation, some of the ongoing struggles of the Latine community, colorism in the film In the Heights, and Julián’s personal journey.

Episode 4: “Author Interview: Identity and Activism through Poetry.” Poet Angela Rideau interviews Julián on Poems From My Heart Podcast about his poetry collection, Ninety-Two Surgically Enhanced Mannequins. They discuss identity, language, heritage, lineage, and craft. Julián reads from his poetry collection, touches on the political situation of the Great Colombian Uprising of 2021, and performs a passionate spoken-word piece on his hometown of Medellín; episode published in May, 2021.

Lit Mag Love Podcast episode: “The Nasiona—Persuade with Julián Esteban Torres López.” Dedicated episode profile on Julián, where he discussed his nonfiction storytelling organization The Nasiona, and how with it he amplifies the voices and experiences of the marginalized. Lit Mag Love (rebranded as Write, Publish, and Shine) is a podcast hosted by Rachel Thompson for creative writers who want to publish and which answers the question: What do editors want?

I do want to point out that, as a writer, I write for myself first and foremost. And, as my friend Jenzo DuQue says, “when I send work out, I’m looking for an editor who sees the potential, who wants to manifest and amplify my vision.” Keep this in mind as you listen, because when I say that you are also writing for the stranger, it’s ultimately that stranger who wants to take you under their wing and amplify YOU, without forcing you into something Other that coddles racists, sexists, xenophobes, and other bigots, because they want your piece to be more marketable. In the discussion, I want you to be aware that your ideal editor has certain evaluative criteria, so how can you find your available means of persuasion to get onto that editor’s radar and have them elevate you? That’s the competition, and that’s what I try to dissect in this interview, from my perspective as the senior founding editor of The Nasiona.

Public Conversations with Julián Esteban Torres López

Hosted, written, and produced by Julián Esteban Torres LópezThe Nasiona Podcast centers, elevates, and amplifies the personal stories of those Othered by systems of oppression and dominant cultures.

Julián has conducted dozens of interviews and conversations for The Nasiona‘s magazine and podcast. Some have already been published, while others are forthcoming. Julián is known for his engaging, in-depth, long-form conversations with experts, creatives, social justice activists, and culture leaders to critically analyze numerous topics, such as incarceration and prison abolition; institutionalized racism, sexism, xenophobia; immigration and diaspora; adoption; disability, chronic illness, and mental health; womanhood and trauma; systemic barriers of entry in storytelling industries; memoir writing; minimalism; being mixed-race; intersectionality; colorism; colonialism; conflict resolution; Third Culture Kids; Latinidad; multiculturalism; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and much more.

He’s currently developing a 10-part podcast series for the Women’s National Book Association’s Authentic Voices Program, as well as co-producing a series with journalist and author Nicole Zelniker on Disability, Mental Health, and Chronic Conditions. Both series will be out in 2022.

Julián’s interviews can also be found in culture and history archives and museums, such as the Fernando González Museum and Archives, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Smithsonian Latino Center.

Selection of Episodes