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Lecture Series Schedule

Join us for a series of live online lectures with our experts as we take an in-depth look at Peruvian history and culture. From the days of the Inca to modern-day traditions, these conversations cover a variety of compelling aspects about Peru.

Our specialist hosts are award-winning authors, educators, and scholars that bring extensive knowledge of the country’s history, culture, and economy.

Mystic Motifs of the Ancient Andes

Presented by Samantha Encalada, Director of Institutional Relations at the Larco Museum
Wed, February 3, 2021 - 8 PM EST

Larco Museum is one of the most important museums in South America and is responsible for turning more than 5,000 years of civilization into a beautiful story by the use of the visual motifs that adorn their impressive collection. This session explores the intimate bond that existed between pre-Columbian societies and the natural world, and how they were represented in pottery, metals, stone, and textiles for posterity, open for us to explore.

Artisan Traditions of the Sacred Valley

Presented by Kennedy Leavens, founder of Awamaki
Thu, February 11, 2021 - 8 PM EST
Duration: 60 min.

In this session, Kennedy will discuss life in Quechua villages and how women are building sustainable futures for their families through the work of Awamaki, a non-profit that helps Andean artisan women start their own businesses. She will also discuss the rich artisanal and textile traditions and the role they play in Quechua culture and the modern economy.

Past Lectures

  • Lima's Melting Pot by Javier Puente, PhD - Peru’s capital is currently home to more than a third of the country’s population. This session recounts the trajectories of Lima from its pre-Columbian origins through its re-foundation as a major Spanish American outpost and from its twentieth-century dynamics of demographic explosion to its position as one of the world’s foremost megalopolis.
  • The Nature of the Andes by Javier Puente, PhD - This session explores how mountains and dramatic altitudinal variations have shaped the landscapes and peoples of Peru, from ancient times to present. We will explore the Andes “paradoxical” role as both a pivotal feature of Peru’s diverse cultural, political, and social developments and an alleged obstacle against the contemporary ideals of progress.
  • The Peruvian Culinary Boom by Javier Puente, PhD - Within the last decade, Peru has acquired a privileged place in the global culinary landscape. This session illustrates how thousands of chefs, hundreds of restaurants, and dozens of culinary schools have fully remade the cultural landscape of a country, showcasing the potential and challenges of cuisine as an element of twenty-first century nationalisms.
  • Machu Picchu’s Legacy by Javier Puente, PhD - Machu Picchu lies at the core of Peru’s archeological and historical heritage and is wielded as a symbol of the country’s place in the world. This session explores the making of Machu Picchu as convoluted history of neglect, forgetfulness, pillage, and cultural imperialism as well as the manifold preservation challenges ahead.
  • Land of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie, four-time Emmy winner and Peru explorer - This session, discuss the pre-Columbian period in Peru, including the rise of the mighty Inca Empire leading up to the Spanish Conquest.
  • The Conquest of the Inca Empire by Kim MacQuarrie, four-time Emmy winner and Peru explorer - In this session, four-time Emmy winner and Peru explorer Kim MacQuarrie will speak about the conquest of Peru by Spanish conquistadores, including the capture of Inca Emperor Atahualpa and the subsequent series of battles that led to Spanish victory in the following years.

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