David Choquehuanca at Penn

Pending event

This year we commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and we are honored to invite Mr. David Choquehuanca, Secretary General of ALBA and former Foreign Minister of Bolivia, to speak at Penn.

Mr. Choquehuanca, a high-ranked Aymara leader who have played an internationally and national role on promoting Indigenous Rights will discuss about the challenges and goals on recognizing and respecting Indigenous peoples’s cultures, territory and citizenship.

His talk is scheduled for October 11th, 2017, 5pm as a preliminar special event of the “Penn in Latin America” conference.

More information will be available soon.


Quechua program Welcoming Event: guest-lecture by Prof. Rocío Quispe-Agnoli

Date: Thursday, September 21st, 6pm
Place: Greenfield Intercultural Center at Penn (3708 Chesnut Street)

This is our first event of the year. Enjoy some Inca Kola and snacks, learn about the Quechua program at Penn and join us for lecture by Dr. Rocío Quispe-Agnoli on the history of the Incas. Introduction remarks by Prof. Jorge Téllez.


Abstract: Texts and illustrations by Inca petitioners in eighteenth-century Mexico’s archives raise questions about hemispheric and transatlantic movement of the descendants of Incas kings after the Spanish conquest.
This presentation examines the long journey of the Uchu Tupac Yupanqui family in Peru and Mexico on their way to a desired, but never reached, destination: the court of the Spanish King.

Bio: Rocío Quispe-Agnoli is Professor of Colonial Latin American Studies in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University. She is the author of La fe andina de la escritura: identidad y resistencia en la obra de Guaman Poma de Ayala (2006), Durmiendo en el agua (2008, short fiction), Nobles de papel (2016) and Women’s Negotiations and Textual Agency in Latin America, 1500-1799 (2017, co-edited with M. Díaz). Her current project is tentatively titled: From Coyas to Doñas: Inca Women and the Gendering of the Colonial Archive.

Fall 2017: Register for Quechua at Penn

FALL 2017: Elementary Quechua & Andean Culture I

Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30pm-7:30pm

Course code: ROML 110

Prof. Américo Mendoza-Mori

Course summary

Quechua, the language of the Inca Empire and still spoken by approximately 8 million people throughout the Andes, is the most spoken indigenous language in the Americas. The program focuses on the development of written and oral communicative abilities in Quechua through an interactive activity-based approach. Course includes an introduction to Quechua and Andean culture. Students will participate in pair, small-group and whole-class activities. Assessment is based on both students’ ability to use the language in written and oral tasks and understanding the language and culture. This beginning level Quechua course is designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of the language.

Lectures will be delivered in English and Quechua.


[pdf]] Check out the course syllabus here: https://goo.gl/zDPsNi 

Learn more about studying Quechua at Penn , here: http://web.sas.upenn.edu/quechua/study-quechua/


*Students from Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore College can also register for this class. Penn graduate students  can also register for this class (for more details, please contact Prof. Mendoza-Mori).


Bronx Llaqtamanta: Screening and Discussion with filmmaker Doris Loayza


Join The Andean Repreqsentation and the Quechua Language program for our screening and discussion of “Bronx Llaqtamanta” with Peruvian filmmaker, Doris Loayza.

“Bronx Llaqtamanta” follows Segundo Angamarca from Ecuador, who runs a Kichwa language radio station two blocks from Yankee Stadium in The Bronx.

(Doris Loayza, USA, 2016, 5 min, Spanish / Kichwa with English subtitles)


Doris Loayza is a cultural educator and translator, specializing in Quechua language and culture. She is originally from Llamellin, Peru, in the Andes. She earned a Masters in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU, and holds a certificate in multimedia and folklore from the City Lore Documentary Institute. Her first video, “Bronx Llaqtamanta (“From the Bronx”), about a Quechua radio station in the Bronx, has shown at universities, museums and the United Nations.

Doris recently moved to Bloomington, Indiana, where she volunteers for The Language Conservancy, a non-profit working to help revitalize Native American languages, and is exploring opportunities to teach Quechua at Indiana University.


Facebook event link: https://goo.gl/IWZXfR

Thursday, April 17th, 2017

La Casa Latina, UPenn (ARCH Building)
3601 Locust Walk


Native American Language and Culture Night at the Penn Museum

Wednesday, April 12th, 6pm, 2017
Penn Museum, Philadelphia

Join us as we gather in the Penn Museum’s Native American Voices gallery to celebrate Native American languages and cultures. This event will highlight the Penn Quechua Initiative, a musical performance by Penn alum Bazille, dance performances by a Nahuatl group, and poetry readings from students in the Quechua language program.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Please enter through the Kress (Group) entrance.

Co-hosted by the Quechua Language Program at Penn.

[video] Indigenous Languages within the US immigrant communities

“Language is one of the first things that signals the assimilation of new immigrants. What is lost when we lose touch from our Native language or those spoken by our ancestors?”

The last episode of PhillyCAM”s Atrevete Philly hosted Ruben Chico, a cultural activist and Náhuatl speaker, and Penn Quechua Prof. Américo Mendoza-Mori. They discussed on how important is to preserve and celebrate Indigenous languages within the immigrant communities in the United States.

You can watch this episode here.

Atrevete Philly is produced by PhillyCAM. It airs once a month on Comcast TV channels 66/966, Verizon.

Learn more about the Quechua language program at Penn, here.


Can Universities Save Indigenous Languages? The case of Quechua

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
Time: 12pm
Place: Silverstein forum (Stiteler Hall, UPenn)
208 South 37th Street, Philadelphia, 19104

[talk] “Can Universities Save Indigenous Languages? The case of Quechua” by Prof. Américo Mendoza-Mori.

Please join us for the next Latin American and Latino Studies Internal Speaker (LALSIS) Series presentation. Lunch will be served.

The Latin American and Latino Studies Internal Seminar series (LALSIS) has the main goal of discussing work-in-progress by members of the Penn LALS community such that we can learn about and from the scholarship of our colleagues on campus. We hope that our interactions in LALSIS may lead to future collaborations in teaching or research, or simply to the solidification of an interdisciplinary community with interest in Latin America and Latin@s.


Kichwa Hatari at Penn: Running the First Kichwa-Language Radio Show in the United States

Kichwa Hatari is a weekly radio program, the first in the indigenous Kichwa language in the U.S, aimed at reaching the Quechua/Kichwa population in the United States, particularly in New York.

This initiative is blending radio and community work into a one-of-a-kind project that is as much about revolutionizing radio airwaves as it is about cultural/linguistic empowerment and grassroots social organizing.

Kichwa Hatari members will participate at the Andean Language and Cultural Advocates Roundtable, as a part of the “2017 Thinking Andean Studies Conference“.


Andean Language and Cultural Advocates Roundtable
February 11, 2017

12:15pm – 1:30pm  |  Widener Room (Penn Museum)

  • Gringo Kullki: Sucres to Dollars in Ecuador (Film and Presentation)
    Prof. Regina Harrison (University of Maryland)
  • Running the First Kichwa-Language Radio Show in the United States
    Kichwa Hatari


For the complete conference schedule, please click here.

Kuyayky celebrates Indigenous cultures at Penn

Andean Music Concert by Kuyayky celebrates the relevance and importance of Indigenous and Andean Heritage

Edda Bonilla and José Luis Hurtado, founders of the Miami-based Kuyayky Foundation, will be recognized for their life trajectory on promoting Andean Heritage around the world. This event will take place during the academic conference “Thinking Andean Studies” at the University of Pennsylvania.
Natives of Jauja, Junín (Central Peruvian Andes), Bonilla and Hurtado have educated generations of musicians, dancers and scholars in different ways: working on music revitalization projects in the Andes, partnering with organizations to support migrant communities in South Florida, starting children’s orchestras in Miami and Jauja, raising awareness on the relevance of Andean heritage in today’s world.

Along with some of the current Kuyayky members, they will be offering a music and dance presentation during Thinking Andean Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Event is Free and Open to the Public

Kuyayky at Penn
Friday, February 10th, 2017: 7pm
Penn Museum (3260 South Street, Philadelphia)

Fore more info about the “Thinking Andean Studies Conference”, click here: https://web.sas.upenn.edu/quechua/thinking-andean-studies-conference/


Penn students were featured on Peru’s Quechua-Language News Broadcast “Ñuqanchik”


On Friday, December 16th, 2016, Penn students were featured on Peru’s First-Ever Quechua Language News Broadcast “Ñuqanchik“.

According El País, the program’s title Ñuqanchik is the Quechua word for the inclusive “we”, as opposed to the more limited notion of “ñuqayku”, which refers more specifically to a collective. Such linguistic nuances will be fundamental to Ñoqanchik’s news style, and as anchor Clodimoro Landeo explained, “Quechua isn’t only useful to translate or repeat what is said in Spanish, but rather to give other references. Its principal value is in complementing the same information through a different perspective. For example, in Quechua water isn’t just a chemical element, but also a vital element. It has a different value.”  – Source: Remezcla


Penn students sent greetings and congratulated “Ñuqanchik” for their work on making Quechua relevant on TV. Ñuqanchik is produced by TV Perú and Radio Nacional – Peru’s public television and radio networks.


Watch the video here: