Luis García Montero will be awarded an honorary doctorate by two Peruvian universities

Luis Garcia Monterodirector of Cervantes Institutewill travel to Peru this Monday, where he will be invested doctor honorary cause by two universities. The poet from Granada will learn about the preparations for the next International Congress of the Spanish Language -scheduled for 2023 in Arequipa-, will meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the president of the Peruvian Academy of Language and will attend the Annual Assembly of the SICELE Association (International Certification System for Spanish as a Foreign Language).

Specifically, on Monday, April 4, Luis García Montero will receive the first of the two doctorates honorary cause with which he will be distinguished by two Peruvian universities. It will be granted by San Agustin National University, from Arequipa. Founded almost two centuries ago, in 1828, it is the second largest public university in Peru, with 24,000 students.



Arequipa, the city where the Hispanic-Peruvian Nobel Prize winner for Literature Mario Vargas Llosa was born, was chosen in 2019 to host the next International Congress of the Spanish Language (CILE)which is expected to take place next year. For this reason, Luis García Montero will hold various meetings in Peru to learn about the state of preparations and advance in the complex organization prior to this triennial meeting around Spanish organized by the Cervantes Institute, the Royal Spanish Academy and the Association of Language Academies (ASALE).

On Arequipa he will meet with the mayor of the city, Omar Candia Aguilar; with the culture manager of the Provincial Municipality, Nilo Cruz, and other heads of the prefecture, as well as with the regional governor, Kimmerlee Gutiérrez Canahuire.

On the second stage of the trip, in Lima, García Montero will meet on Thursday with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cesar Landa, in the Palace of Torre Tagle; and later with the director of the Inca Garcilaso Cultural CenterGuido Toro, and his curator (exhibitions), Gledna Landolt.

A meeting is also planned with Marco Martos, president of the Peruvian Academy of Language, an organization on which, as the host country, many of the organizational responsibilities of the International Congress of the Spanish Language will fall.

Second ‘honoris causa’

the second doctorate honorary cause that García Montero, who is also a poet and professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Granada, will receive will be the Ricardo Palma University, Lima, on Friday, April 8.

In the investiture act, headed by the rector, Iván Rodríguez Chávez, Luis García Montero will give the keynote speech A beggar poet and his illusions of miscegenation, title that supposes a wink or allusion to his condition as a poet and to the defense that Cervantes makes of the understanding between the peoples of the Spanish language.

In the same academic ceremony, the Ricardo Palma University confer the title of Honorary Professor to Carmen Pastor Villalba, Academic Director of the Cervantes Institute, who will accompany García Montero on this work trip. In addition, on Thursday the 7th, the Fifth Assembly of the SICELE Association will be held at the Ricardo Palma University in Lima, in which Carmen Pastor Villalba, as executive secretary, will present the annual report.

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Luis García Montero will be awarded an honorary doctorate by two Peruvian universities