F.A.Q. (Frequently asked Questions + transportation/accommodations)
2023 Quechua Alliance Annual Meeting – Location: Harvard University (Cambridge, MA – Boston Area)
- How long does the event last? Do I need to attend the whole gathering?
This is a one-day gathering (from 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM). Since the goal is to promote and build up an engaging community, you will be expected to accompany us throughout the whole event. Trust us, it will be worth it!
- Who can attend? Am I required to speak Quechua or Spanish?
The gathering aims to promote an intergenerational space where Quechua speakers, community leaders, college students and scholars can exchange ideas, activities, and passion for Quechua. But actually, anyone who is interested in Quechua languages is welcome, including non-speakers. We encourage anyone who shares a passion for Andean Culture to join us. Native speakers, Quechua students, and enthusiasts of Quechua.
As you might be aware, many native Quechua speakers also speak Spanish, therefore some of the conversations or interactions might be conducted in that language (in case you don’t speak Spanish: this aspect won’t affect your overall experience).
- Why is important that I sign up in advance?
The event was growing every year until the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that we are bringing it back, we want to make sure the venue will fit everyone. As meals are provided, advanced registration is important to ensure enough food is provided for everyone. Finally, knowing who is attending will allow us better to prepare a meaningful program of events. Registration for attendees is now open until March 12, 2023 or until all spots are taken. Thanks to a generous grant from Harvard’s Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities, we are waiving the registration fees for the 2023 edition.
If you didn’t register by the March 12th deadline, you can still come and sign up on the event day but we might not be able to provide lunch and event materials.
- How should college groups sign up?
If you are planning to be part of a group representing an institution (college, university, collective), you should contact your Quechua faculty, Center for Latin American Studies or Casa Latina/Hispana before signing up individually. It is always more exciting to participate and coordinate as a group, especially since your institution might allocate funds for your travel expenses!
- Is this event an academic conference?
No. The Quechua Alliance Meeting is primarily a gathering with different types of activities. Among the activities, we might have some discussions and presentations, games, and dancing. Participants will have the opportunity to submit a presentation in the form of interactive activities, workshops, open discussions, or interactive scholarly presentations during the Quechua showcase section of the event.
- I have kids, can I bring them to the event?
Yes, we will be happy if you come with your whole family. Keep in mind that we won’t provide special accommodations and you will be responsible for any minor you bring to the event.
- Is there any type of travel funding available or accommodations?
Please check out the call for travel awards for students at U.S. universities. In order to cover the event registration cost by making it free for participants, we are unable to offer additional funding.
- I am visiting the Boston area for the event. What hotels are available?
Harvard University is located in Cambridge, MA. You can look for accommodations near Harvard Square, but also in downtown Boston since the university is very accessible with the Subways’ Red Line (Harvard station).
- I am flying into the Boston Logan Airport (BOS) or arriving at Boston South Station (bus and train). How can I get to the Harvard campus?
You can take public transportation (MBTA) from the airport and from the South Station towards Harvard Square (Red Line). You can also request an Uber, Lyft, or taxi.
- I live outside the United States, can I attend?
We welcome anyone who registers in advance and is able to cover their expenses to attend this meeting in Boston. We are unable to provide support with visa applications, including invitation letters for attendees.
- I registered for the event. How will I receive the event details?
If you registered for the event (Form available until March 12th, 2023), you will receive by late March an e-mail with the final details of the event. IMPORTANT: Make sure to check your spam folder in case the message does not appear on your inbox.
Do you have any other questions?
Please, feel free to contact us at quechuaalliance @ gmail.com