Hostos is a place where nations and cultures collide, and Distinguished Hostos Professor Isaac Goldemberg continues to make his mark across the world.
Earlier this year, Professor Goldemberg received yet another distinction as he was named an Honorary Professor by the Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru.
The ceremony was held in the auditorium of the Ricardo Palma University and attended by the Secretary General of the prestigious University, Dr. Andrés Enrique Maldonado, who presided over the ceremony.
Dr. Eduardo Arroyo, Professor and Advisor to the Presidents' Office, also spoke of Professor Goldemberg’s important works.
“The numerous books of Isaac Goldemberg constitute an essential reference in the Peruvian and Jewish literature and that like the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Goldemberg reveals the survival strategies of the two cultures expressed through him, and in doing so creates a new form of expressiveness," Dr. Arroyo said.
In a dissertation, entitled "The Eternal Return: The Jewish Presence in Peru," Professor Goldemberg proposed a link between the Incas and the Jewish people, based on both legends and historical facts. According to Professor Goldemberg, "Jews in Peru possess a Peruvian syncretic identity that incorporates Judaism or, if desired, a Jewish syncretic identity that incorporates Peruvian heritage, given the fact that Jews have been in Peru since the time of the Conquest and have contributed greatly to the nation's intellectual, political and economic life."
Isaac Goldemberg was born in Peru in 1945 and has lived in New York since 1964. A novelist and poet, he is a Distinguished Professor at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY), where he is director of the Latin American Writers Institute and Editor of Hostos Review. His novel The Fragmented Life of Don Jacobo Lerner (translated into several languages) was selected by the Yiddish Book Center of the United States as one of the most important 100 Jewish of the last 150 years. Also, a panel of writers and critics selected this novel as one of the best 25 Peruvian novels of all times.

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