2016 Quechua Student Alliance Meeting
2016 Quechua Student & Faculty Alliance Meeting
Saturday, November 5th, 2016
Greenfield Intercultural Center at the University of Pennsylvania
3708 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
This event aims to promote an exchange of ideas between college students and professors who share an interest and passion for Quechua language and Andean culture. We are working towards creating a space for students to become dynamic leaders in the academic context where there is an increasing interest in Indigenous languages and cultures of the Americas.
We want to foster the relations needed to build a strong network and community of Quechua students at the university level. The Quechua Student Alliance Meeting will have the format of a one-day gathering with cultural activities, lectures, games, debates and dialogue.
In 2015 we celebrated the first edition, which was the first of its type in the United States. About 40 people from Massachussets, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington DC, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Ohio participated. Remezcla, a latinX news website, posted a story about last year’s gathering.
The Quechua program at Penn is promoting this meeting in collaboration with the UMass – Amherst, Spanish and Portuguese Program.
What is Quechua?
Quechua is the most spoken Indigenous language in the Americas with 6-8 million speakers, mostly in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, and some regions of Colombia, Chile, and Argentina. We believe that languages are not just communication tools but knowledge keepers. Through Quechua we celebrate the cultures and knowledges of the Andes, therefore, dispelling the myth that Indigenous languages are a thing of the past.
Who can attend?
Speakers of all levels (Students and Faculty) are invited to attend this unique event. Please, fill out the registration form by October 23, 2016. No previous knowledge of Quechua is required, we only need your enthusiasm and good disposition. Maybe this is the opportunity you are looking for to get in touch with your heritage and/or to meet other people interested in Andean Culture.
Those interested may attend as individuals but we encourage students and their faculty to represent their institutions by attending as a delegation. (all participants, even if attending with a delegation, are required to fill out an individual registration form).
Gladys Camacho-Rios, University of Texas at Austin
Américo Mendoza-Mori, University of Pennsylvania
Carlos Molina-Vital, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Prof. Américo Mendoza-Mori: firstname.lastname@example.org