2019 Event program

5th Quechua Alliance Meeting, November 16th, 2019 – The Ohio Union
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Friday, November 15, 2019

*Pre-event activity: free and open to the public*

7:00 PM: “Ukamau y ké” Documentary Screening

This documentary screening will be in the presence of director, Andrés Ramírez, with a Q&A afterwards. The documentary will be in Spanish with English subtitles. Light refreshments will be served.

Location: 165 Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH

Saturday, November 16, 2019

*All events will be in the Ohio Union (3rd Floor Cartoon Room, 1739 N High St, Columbus, OH 43210). Lunch will be in the MLK Lounge, Hale Hall (154 W 12th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210)*

9:00 – 9:20 AM: Registration & Check-In

Coffee,  Light Breakfast, and Introductions

9:20 – 9:45 AM: ¡Imaynalla!

Welcome Remarks by Dr. Terrell Morgan, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Latin American Studies and Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at The Ohio State University

9:45 – 10:15 AM: Parlanarikuy (Conversatorio)

“International Year of Indigenous Languages and Beyond” by Diego Tituaña
Maurice R. Greenberg Fellow at Yale University

Introduction by Santiago Gualapuro Gualapuro, Graduate Student in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at The Ohio State University

10:15 – 11:15 AM: Qhapac Qhatupi/Gran Feria

11:15 – 12:15: Presentations

12:30 – 2:00 PM: Lunch Break and Potluck: Peña Andina

Served by the OSU Quechua Community group

Location: MLK Jr. Lounge, Hale Hall – 154 W 12th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Rap Workshop

featuring Ecuadorian rapper and director, Andrés Ramírez

3:00 – 3:30 PM: Parlanarikuy (Conversatorio)

by Devin Grammon, Assistant Professor of Spanish Sociolinguistics at the University of Oregon

Introduction by Dr. Anna Babel, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at The Ohio State University

3:30 – 3:45 PM Break and Group Photo

3:45 – 4:15 PM: Recognition of Quechua Lifetime Achievement awardee

Awardee: Luis Morató Peña

Remarks by Américo Mendoza-Mori, University of Pennsylvania

Awardee introduced by Dr. Fernando Unzueta, Associate Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs and Professor of Literatures and Cultures of Latin America

4:15 – 5:15 PM: Presentations

5:15 – 6:00 PM: Imarayku/Why? Closing Activity

Group discussion and creative writing closing session

6:00 PM: Closure/Announcement of QA 2020

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


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2019 Call for Proposals


Deadline to submit a Call for Proposals: September 20, 2019.

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 5th edition will be held at the The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on  November 16, 2019. Check the 2019 Call for proposals in Quechua, Spanish and English.