Indigenous Peoples of South America Series: Making Machu Picchu: The Politics of Tourism in 20th Century Peru

Millions of travelers have visited Machu Pichu, dubbed, the "Lost City" by Hyram Bingham in 1913. When Bingham first encountered Machu Picchu, the site was an obscure ruin. Now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu is the focus of Peru’s tourism economy. Mark Rice, assistant professor of Latin American Studies, Baruch College, CUNY, traces its history in the twentieth century--from its “discovery” to today’s travel boom--and it reveals how it was transformed into both a global travel destination and a powerful symbol of the Peruvian nation. The lecture will explore the contradictions and ironies of Machu Picchu’s transformation and will call attention to the importance of tourism in the creation of national identity in Peru, and in Latin America more generally.


Presented by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS)  

Co-sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center.

The Joseph G. Astman Cultural Events are presented in loving memory of Dr. Joseph G. Astman, founder of the Hofstra Cultural Center. Dr. Astman was a humanist, cultural comparatist and international scholar.

Date: Monday, November 5, 2018

Time: 4:30-6 p.m.

Location: Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit


This event is free, but advance registration is required. Please RSVP using the RSVP for this Event link.  







Monday, November 05, 2018





Cultural Center Theater - Leo A. Guthart
Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


Hofstra Cultural Center

Phone: 516-463-5669
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