Carlos Fuentes and Gabriel García Márquez, both very renowned writers throughout the world, agreed in December of 1993 to donate the total amount of the scholarship they are given by the Mexican government as Creator Emeritus to fund the Chair of Latin American Studies “Julio Cortázar”, thus paying permanent homage to whom has been one of the greatest Latin American writers of the 20th century.
The University of Guadalajara, second leading academic institution in our country, had the honor of being the headquarters of this project. The Chair of Latin American Studies “Julio Cortázar” was inaugurated on October 12th of 1994, at the Enrique Díaz de León Auditorium of the University of Guadalajara. This important event was honored with the presence of Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel García Márquez and Mrs. Aurora Bernárdez, widow of Cortázar.
The formal activities within the Chair started on February 10th 1995, with an Inaugural Session by the Colombian statesman and General Secretary of the Organization of American states, César Gaviria. The session was entitled “Contradictions within the new worldwide order, a cortazarian vision” and took place at the Enrique Díaz de León Auditorium, with the presence of the members of the Honorary and Technical Committees of the Chair.
The wide coverage provided by the local, national and international press, as well as the numerous attendance of public, confirmed how it was a wise decision to institute this Chair, and having invited doctor Gaviria for a good start.