Event program


Preliminar program

4th Quechua Alliance Meeting, November 17th, 2018
Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


9:30am: Check-in for participants
Coffee, Introductions and intro activity in Quechua (greetings)
Participants will be assigned a group that will accompany them during the event.

10:30 AM
Q’oa (Mother Earth offering)

11:00 AM

Interactive Workshops and roundtable discussion: parallel sessions

  • Jessica Huancacuri-Harlow (Quechua Collective of New York): Interactive Numbers Workshop
  • Marilyn Suzanne Manley (Rowan University): Interactive games in teaching Cuzco Quechua language
  • Carlos Molina-Vital (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): Quechua Linguistics discussion
  • Maria Luz Coca Lujan: Developing Bolivian Quechua podcasts
  • Jermani Ojeda (University of Delaware, Fulbright) : Short Radio Programs, microprogramas
  • Lis M Arévalo-Hidalgo and Florencia Orlandoni (St. Mary’s College of California): Narrative Strategies in Quechua Testimonio
  • Irma Álvarez Ccoscco: “Qillqay” Project on orality and writing
  • Emily Thompson, Trilingual Dictionary English-Quechua-Spanish
  • Santiago D. Gualapuro Gualapuro (Ohio State University): Presentation of the Kichwa English Shimiyuk Kamu /Dictionary
  • Guido Mamani (University of Notre Dame / Fulbright): “Qichwa Simi Qilqa Raphi” Quechua Language Textbook
  • Caroline R. Shipley (Ohio State University): Recent Hip Hop in Quechua
  • Julia García (Arlington Pubic Schools System): La práctica del idioma quechua, las costumbres, los ritos y rituales en EE.UU.


1pm, Lunch-time event

Liberato kani:  “Quechua & Rap, Urban and Contemporary Indigenous Culture”

Quechua Hip hop Concert


2:30 pm: Presentation of a community award to Elva Ambía, founder of the Quechua Collective of New York.


3:00 PM

Breakout groups – “Ima Rayku” (Why Quechua?)

Participants will discuss their interest in Quechua language study while mingling with others.

3:50pm Group Photo


4:10 PM. Snack break and presentation of “Huaylash” dance and Music
Andean Pan Flutes music by Noe Juarez.


4:30 PM

Panel: Relevancy of promoting spaces for Indigenous Languages and Peoples

Mirian Masaquiza, UN Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Prof. Liliana Sanchez (Rutgers University)
Prof. Serafín Coronel-Molina, GSE ’03 (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Moderator: Prof. Américo Mendoza-Mori (University of Pennsylvania)


5:30. PM Final integration activity with Inkarayku  and closing remarks.



Mirian Masaquiza, UN official, will join the Quechua Alliance in Philadelphia


A Kichwa-Salasaka from Ecuador, Mirian Masaquiza is currently the associate social affairs officer for the Secretariat of the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She will be one of the special guests during the 4th edition of the Quechua Alliance Meeting, November 17th in Philadelphia. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work in three fronts: as an indigenous activist; a staff member of the United Nations; and a diplomat/advisor at the Government of Ecuador.

Most of her work is related to rights of Indigenous Peoples as well as a range of issues such as gender, cultural and educational matters, climate change, inter-agency affairs, outreach, political analysis, non-governmental organizations.

The 4th edition of the Quechua Alliance Annual Meeting will be held at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. For more information to sign up, visit here.

Liberato Kani: Peruvian Hip Hop Artist will join the Quechua Alliance in Philadelphia


Liberato Kani (Ricardo Flores), one of the key figures of the Quechua Hip Hop movement in Peru, will be one the special guests of the 4th Quechua Alliance Meeting (November 17th, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia). His music challenges the stereotypes on Indigenous Languages, usually seen as outdated. He is an inspiration to many young people who want to reclaim their Indigenous heritage. As Liberato Kani states: “Quechua [now] means resistance”.

Liberato Kani’s work is influenced by Peruvian writer José María Arguedas. In his songs he incorporates Arguedas’ Quechua poetry. His first music album is “Rimay Pueblo” (you can listen to it here).

During the event, Ricardo will discuss and share his experiences on “Quechua & Rap, Urban and Contemporary Indigenous Culture”. 


  • More info on how to register for the 2018 Quechua Alliance Annual Meeting, here


[photo credit: 27 studio]

2018 Call for workshops and discussion proposals


The Quechua Alliance Meeting is a vibrant space for the exchange of ideas between Quechua speakers, community leaders, college students and professors who share an interest and passion for Quechua language and Andean culture. The event has the format of a one-day gathering with cultural activities, lectures, games, debates and dialogues. During the event we dedicate a section of the program to showcase engaging discussions or initiatives on Quechua teaching/learning/promotion. This 4th edition will be held at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) on November 17th, 2018.

Call for workshops and discussion proposals: 4th Quechua Alliance Meeting  Deadline: October 5th, 5pm, 2018 (U.S. Eastern Time)

We invite educators, community leaders, students and scholars to send proposals. Each presentation will last 10-20 minutes in total and can be presented by one person or a group. Priority will be given to presentations that include interactive content or activities.

Please submit a title and a 200-250 words abstract to Mr. Wesley Neal . Include participant names, organization (if applies) and contact information. Responses will be made available by mid-October to all who submitted. If you have questions, please contact Prof. Américo Mendoza-Mori:

Possible ideas for workshops or discussions:
Did you create a Quechua learning material you would like to share it with diverse audience? Is there an important topic you would like to discuss about the situation of Quechua?


  • Pedagogical strategies in practice: Games and Activities
  • Exploring Quechua and technology
  • Music, film, dance and art
  • etc


  • Highlighting Quechua-related initiatives
  • Quechua and Digital Humanities
  • Community outreach
  • Quechua linguistics and morphology
  • UN’s International Year of Indigenous Languages
  • etc

Last year’s discussions and workshops:

• Quechua language learning in a university setting
• Highlighting the Quechua Collective of New York
• Quechua linguistics and morphology
• Pedagogical strategies in practice: Games and Activities
• Exploring media with Quechua “Rimasun” podcasts


For attendees only,  please visit here.

The Runasimi Outreach Committee (ROC) and CLACS hosted 3rd Annual Quechua Student Alliance Meeting, 2017

On November 11, 2017, the Runasimi Outreach Committee (ROC) and Quechua at New York University hosted the 3rd Annual Quechua Student Alliance Meeting, an all-day gathering sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University, the Organizational Student Life Grant from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at New York University, the K-12 Outreach Program at the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University, and The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies of the University of Illinois. The Meeting offered educators and future educators, students, advocates, program administrators, and other community members the opportunity to exchange their knowledge of Quechua language and culture with each other. Through various presentations and interactive discussions, the Meeting engaged its participants in Quechua language and cultural activities while raising awareness of the growing Quechua communities across New York and the U.S. as well as the increasing importance of Quechua language and cultural education.

The event began with paying respect to Quechua culture and language through a traditional ceremony called Q’oa, led by Julia Garcia, a language partner for Global Languages Network and a middle school teacher. This cultural ceremony grounded everyone in gratitude and in the values of Quechua peoples.


Following the ceremony, presentations and interactive discussions took place, including:
– a roundtable discussion on Quechua language learning in a University context, presented by Quechua professor Américo Mendoza-Mori, from University of Pennsylvania as well as Quechua instructor, Carlos Molina-Vital, from the University of Illinois, Champagne Urbana. Américo Mendoza-Mori recently published an article on this very topic titled “Quechua Language Programs in the United States: Cultural Hubs for Indigenous Cultures” in Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures.
– a presentation on Quechua linguistics by PhD Student, Gladys Camacho, from the University of Texas, Austin
– a showcase on the community organization by the Quechua Collective of New York
– an interactive conversation on Quechua pedagogical strategies, involving games and activities, led by a New York University CLACS alum, Arleen Dawes
– a discussion and demonstration session of the New York-produced Quechua podcast, Rimasun, presented by Christine Mladic Janet, a PhD student from New York University
– a presentation on the digitization of Quechua, moderated by Diego Arellano, Undergraduate at the University of Ohio.

After supporting a local Ecuadorian restaurant Naño, who provided our lunch, all participants gathered to share “Ima Rayku?”(“For what reason?”), in which they discussed with each other why they are interested in, study, or teach Quechua. This activity shed light on a variety of reasons why Quechua education is of growing importance in the U.S. during this time of globalization and increased international migration. Beginning the afternoon session, ROC presented a community organization award recognizing the work of Kichwa Hatari, a Bronx-based radio program that aires in Kichwa/Quechua for the greater New York community.


Later, New York University Quechua professor, Odi Gonzalez, discussed his book on oral Quechua history and memories, followed by Bruce Mannheim, a linguistic anthropologist from the University of Michigan, who gave the keynote address. The event culminated with a book fair which ranged from a trilingual (Quechua, Spanish, and English) Quechua children’s books to more scholarly publications, including a bilingual (Quechua, Spanish) oral history book and a monolingual (Quechua) linguistics book.

Ultimately, the Meeting successfully brought together Quechua language and culture advocates, students and educators, connecting New York with the Andes. In fact, the day after the event, Daniela Del Alamo Garcia, a teacher in Cusco, Peru at the Language Heritage Institute published an article on the Meeting in El Diario, Cusco.


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