Consul General of Peru Donates De la Vega Collection to KSU Library

November 2, 2016

The second annual Kennesaw State University Latin American Film Festival wrapped up in October with a visit from the consul general of Peru, who used the occasion to gift the University a commemorative collection of the complete works of the famous Peruvian author Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.

De la Vega Book Presentation

Left to Right: Peruvian Consul General Miguel Alemán Urteaga, Ana Guimaraes, director of collection development for the Sturgis Library, Dr. Ernesto Silva, associate professor of interdisciplinary studies and spanish

Peruvian Consul General Miguel Alemán Urteaga donated the collection to the Sturgis Library during a brief ceremony before the evening’s film screening. The collection was printed in honor of the 400th anniversary of De la Vega’s death on April 23, 1616, which is also the historically-accepted date for the deaths of renowned authors William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes. Because of this connection, each year April 23 is celebrated as World Book Day.

De la Vega wrote extensively about the histories of the Inca people and of Spanish exploration of the Americas, specifically Hernando de Soto’s expedition in Florida. As a child of an Incan mother and Spanish father, De la Vega offered a unique perspective on these two cultures, especially the Incan Empire. The collection donated to Kennesaw State includes Royal Commentaries of the Incas, the most thorough account of the Incan Empire ever written.

“This collection is a fundamental and vital compilation of economic, political, and cultural Incan Empire traditions,” Urteaga said at the presentation ceremony. “As far as we know, the Incans did not have their own written system, alphabet, or ideographs.”

Consul General Urteaga talks to class

Consul General Urteaga describing the importance of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega

The Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs printed the work in three volumes as the anniversary of De la Vega’s death approached. Urteaga gave the collection to Kennesaw State in recognition of the University’s partnership with the consulate that began in 2011 during the Year of Peru country study program.

“The Consul of Peru is a good friend to KSU,” said Dr. Ernesto Silva, the chief organizer of the Latin American Film Festival. “He has helped us be welcomed in Peru by the Peruvian government and in many other places. Now we are working on making even more connections between our University and Peru in order to have more incoming and outgoing students between us.”

Present at the ceremony to receive the gift was Ana Guimaraes, director of collection development for the Sturgis Library.

“The Kennesaw State University Library System is truly grateful for Mr. Miguel Alemán Urteaga’s donation of Obras Completas del Inca Garcilaso de la Vega,” she said. “Such donated items help augment our library’s holdings and advance our ability to support the teaching and learning activities of the greater University community.”

Historical literature was not the only gift Urteaga brought to the event. He also had several cases of Peru’s most popular soft drink, Inca Kola. Created in 1935, the Peruvian brand was purchased by the Coca-Cola Company in 1999. The students in attendance each received a can to enjoy with the evening’s film, La Prueba / The Trial, helmed by Peruvian director Judith Vélez in 2006.

Students Inca Kola

Students sampling Peruvian soft drink Inca Kola. The consuk general brought samples for all attendees.

The Latin American Film Festival is a partnership between the Kennesaw State Division of Global Affairs and the consulates of Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru. Held throughout September and October, it included films from each of the sponsoring countries as well as visits from their consuls general.

Learn more at the Latin American Film Festival Homepage

-Patrick Harbin