TITLE: Celebration of the 400th Anniversary of The Royal Commentaries of the Inca
SPEAKER: Luis Valdivieso, Raquel Chang-Rodriguez, Max Hernandez
EVENT DATE: 11/19/2009
RUNNING TIME: 93 minutes
"The Royal Commentaries of the Inca," by El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, considered by historians to be the earliest and most important literary work of the Americas, was published 400 years ago, in 1609. The book is a keenly observant account of the Inca Empire, its conquest by Spain and the first years of colonial rule in the Americas. The Library of Congress and the Embassy of Peru celebrate its 400th anniversary with a presentation by scholars.
Speaker Biography: Luis Valdivieso became the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Peru in the United States on February 17, 2009, after being Minister of Economy and Finance of Peru from mid-2008 until January 2009. During this period, he was also Chairman of the Board of the Andean Finance Corporation, the National Fund for the Financing of the Public Sector Entrepreneurial Activity, and the Peruvian National Retirement Investment Fund, the Private Investment Promotion Agency, and the Inter-ministerial Committee of Social Affairs. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the Catholic University of Peru, and a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Economics from Boston University.
Speaker Biography: Raquel Chang-Rodriguez (Ph.D., New York University) is Distinguished Professor of Hispanic literature and culture at the Graduate Center and the City College of the City University of New York. She has held visiting posts at Colgate University as Colgate Professor of the Humanities and at Columbia University, and has participated in seminars and courses in Spain, Peru, and Germany. Chang-Rodriguez is Honorary Associate of the Hispanic Society of America and was incorporated with the title of Profesora Honoraria to the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru.
Speaker Biography: Max Hernandez is one of the leading intellectuals in contemporary Peru and a major personality in the Peruvian Psychoanalytic Society. He has been a British Council Scholar, a Ministry of Overseas development (U.K.) Fellow, a Wilson Center Guest Scholar, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Spain) Fellow, Fellow of the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University and of the World Academy of Art and Science. A psychoanalyst and historian, Dr. Hernandez has also been actively involved in cultural and societal matters of his native Peru. He was present in 1974 for the founding of the Peruvian Center for Development of Psychoanalysis. He was among the training analysts who formed the new Peruvian Institute of Psycho-analysis which was approved as a member of the Peruvian Psychoanalytic Society in 1987. He has published and lectured widely. Since the 1990s he has tried, with others, to develop a shared vision for the future of Peru that provides needed direction for that impoverished country. He has studied Peruvian civil society and its relationship to its political system and used psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic techniques to enrich the results of this endeavor.