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Passport to Peru

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.

Lecture Series Schedule

The Nature of the Andes

Presented by Javier Puente, PhD
Date TBA
Duration: 40 min.

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.

Lima’s Melting Pot

Presented by Javier Puente, PhD
Date TBA
Duration: 40 min.

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.

Past Lectures

  • 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.

Meet the Speakers

Kim MacQuarrie
Peru Explorer & Four-Time Emmy Winner

Kim MacQuarrie is an American-born Four-time Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker and author of 3 books on Peru. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a Master’s in anthropology.

He has spent several years in Peru visiting all the Inca ruins he has been able to find, and living with the Yora, a recently-contacted tribe of indigenous Amazonians. This experience was the inspiration for his book The Last Days of the Incas, which recounts one of the greatest epic stories in the Americas - the conquest of the 10-million-strong Inca Empire by 168 Spaniards.

Javier Puente
Ph.D. in Latin American history from Georgetown University

Javier Puente holds a Ph.D. in Latin American history from Georgetown University. His research focuses on twentieth-century agrarian, rural, and environmental history of the Andes.

He is a professor of Latin American and Latino/a Studies at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Javier’s extensive knowledge of the history of the Andean region and the know-how of the ins and outs of guiding is a significant piece of the puzzle in making our travelers genuinely experience the most out of their tours.

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