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.

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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