Award Year: 1993
Max Hernández is one of the leading intellectuals in contemporary Peru and a major personality in the Peruvian Psychoanalytic Society.
He has been a British Council Scholar, a Ministry of Overseas development (U.K.) Fellow, a Wilson Center Guest Scholar, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Spain) Fellow, Fellow of the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University and of the World Academy of Art and Science. A psychoanalyst and historian, Dr. Hernandez has also been actively involved in cultural and societal matters of his native Peru. He was present in 1974 for the founding of the Peruvian Center for Development of Psychoanalysis. He was among the training analysts who formed the new Peruvian Institute of Psycho-analysis which was approved as a member of the Peruvian Psychoanalytic Society in 1987. He has published and lectured widely. Since the 1990s he has tried, with others, to develop a shared vision for the future of Peru that provides needed direction for that impoverished country. He has studied Peruvian civil society and its relationship to its political system and used psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic techniques to enrich the results of this endeavor.