Penn will host the 2018 Quechua Alliance Annual Meeting

This year, Penn will host the 4th edition of the Quechua Alliance Annual Meeting, the biggest Quechua gathering in the United States.

The event aims to promote an exchange of ideas between Quechua speakers, community leaders, college students and professors who share an interest and passion for Quechua languageand Andean culture. This is a space for young people to become dynamic leaders in the academic context where there is an increasing interest in Indigenous languages and cultures of the Americas.

The Quechua Alliance Meeting has the format of a one-day gatheringwith cultural activities, lectures, games, debates and dialogues.  We are building a strong network and community of Quechua language enthusiasts.

For this year we will host Quechua rapper and language activist Liberato Kani, and we will honor Elva Ambía, founder of the Quechua Collective of New York, by giving her the 2018 Lifetime Quechua Award.

The 2018 edition of this gathering at the University of Pennsylvania is organized by the Quechua Language Program at Penn and The Andean Representation  (Penn undergraduate student group).

Learn more and sign up for the event, here.

Screening: ‘Life on the Napo River’ and conversation with filmmaker Lynn Levin

Date: Thursday, September 20th, 6pm.
Place: Wolf Humanities Center at UPenn (Williams Hall #625)
Event free and open to the Public

Join us for a screening of the video documentary “Life on the Napo River: A Glimpse of the Ecuadoran Amazon, Its People, and Their Traditions” and conversation with film’s director Lynn Levin. This short film presents footage of the rushing Napo River and spellbinding accounts by members of two indigenous groups, who recount key moments of cultural transition and narratives of traditional life. The Napo River is a tributary of the Amazon, and the video includes images of the dense rainforest, monkeys, birds, bats, piranha, other wildlife. Also pictured are scenes from a traditional Quechua/Kichwa community and a river port town, places which capture the intermingling of the old and new. Filmed in 2017, the documentary includes details about head-shrinking, plus stories of missionaries and shamans.

Lynn Levin is poet and writer who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University.

[workshop] Myths around Quechua and Indigenous Languages


“Myths around Quechua and Indigenous Languages”
featuring Yuly Tacas (San Marcos University, Lima, Perú)

Free interactive workshop (Registration is required)

Join us for an interactive workshop on the current situation of Quechua. Ms. Tacas will discuss about the myths on Indigenous Languages revitalization efforts and her experience on developing Quechua revitalization initiatives.

Yuly Tacas is a literature activist and scholar from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Lima, Perú). She is the director of the Quechua magazine “Kallpa” and founder of the Kuska Quechua Institute. Ms. Tacas leads initiatives to promote the use of Quechua among the youth in urban and rural areas, including software-realted projects in collaboration with the World Bank and Peru’s Ministry of Culture.

Scholars, educators and people in general are invited to sign up for this workshop. Please register by Tuesday, June 19th 5pm, here:
Limited spots available. Workshop will be lead in Spanish. No previous knowledge of Quechua is required.

Free event organized by the Quechua Language Program at Penn thanks to a grant by the Penn Language Center.
For more information, please contact:

[panel] Minoritized Languages: Global Perspectives

Minoritized Languages: Global Perspectives
Wednesday, April 25th, 5pm
Location: Williams Hall 632, UPENN (Humanities Conference Room)
Please join us for this panel where we will discuss the challenges and opportunities of teaching and researching minoritized languages from different parts of the world: Catalan (Europe), Chichewa and Zulu (Africa), Quechua (South America), Zapotec (North America).
Participants: Felipe H. López (UCLA), Américo Mendoza-Mori (Penn), Aurey Mbeje (Penn), Monda Mwaya (Penn) and Laura Vilardell (Georgetown)
This free event is organized by the Quechua Language Program in collaboration with the Penn Language Center and the Wolf Humanities Center at Penn.

Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, renowned Bolivian scholar, at Penn

Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui will join Penn during the week of April 9th, 2018 as the Alice Paul Center first International Visiting Scholar. Rivera Cusicanqui is a contemporary Aymara feminist sociologist, historian, and subaltern theorist from Bolivia.  She draws upon anarchist theory as well as Quecha and Aymara cosmologies.  She is the previous director and longtime member of the Taller de Historia Oral Andina (Workshop on Andean Oral History). She is also an activist who works directly with indigenous movements in Bolivia, such as the Katarista movement and the coca growers movement. Sylvia’s best known work is Oppressed But Not Defeated: Peasant Struggles Among the Aymara and Quechua in Bolivia, 1900-1980 (Geneva: UNRISD, 1984).

4/12: Women´s Struggles in Defense of Pachamama. Trans-regional and Trans-ethnic Alliances in Bolivia, Berkowitz Lecture; 5:00pm; Silverman Forum, Stiteler Hall

Additionally, Rivera-Cusicanqui will be visiting the Quechua class on April 10th.

Rivera Cusicanqui’s visit is cosponsored by the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Perry World House and the Quechua Language Program at Penn.

[talk] Peru’s New Vision for a Multilingual State, with Agustín Panizo

Thursday, March 1st, 5:30pm
Location: Houston Hall, Grinski Room (3rd Floor), UPENN

Please join us for a talk with Agustin Panizo Janzana, Director of Indigenous Languages at Peru’s Ministry of Culture, “Musuq pachakuna siminchikkunapaq: Peru’s National Policy for Indigenous Languages and its New Vision for a Multilingual State”.

FREE and open to the public.
This event is possible thanks to the Latin American and Latino External Speakers (LALSES) Series award.
Co-Sponsored by Hispanic and Portuguese Studies; Department of Anthropology; and the Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Hosted by the Quechua Language Program at Penn.
Useful links about Agustín Panizo Jansana:
Fore more information regarding the event please contact Prof. Mendoza-Mori

SPRING 2018: Elementary Quechua & Andean Culture I

SPRING 2018: Elementary Quechua & Andean Culture I
Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30pm-7:30pm
Course code: ROML 110
Room: Williams Hall #316

Prof. Américo Mendoza-Mori

This is Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) affiliated course (major/minor).

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: 

Learn more about studying Quechua at Penn , here:


*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).


Indigenous Peoples Days 2017 in Philadelphia

Date: Thursday, October 12th, 6-8:30pm
Place: Perelman Building, Philadelphia Art Museum (2525 Pennsylvania Avenue)

This is an event to honor the Lenni-Lenape today, on whose ancestral territory we stand, and to cherish the multi-ethnic community of Native American, First Nation, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian and other Indigenous Peoples living in the Philadelphia region. It will also be a day to honor the American Indian Movement (AIM), Taino Revitalization Movement, Mexica Movement and the many Indigenous nations and communities from North to South America who are on the frontline defending the earth and their sovereignty.

The Quechua program at Penn will be featured during the panel “Philly Now” at 7:50pm.



Opening Celebration — (Atrium)
6PM – Opening Ceremony with Trinity Norwood
6:10PM – Aztec Dancers followed by Nanticoke and Lenni-Lenape drum circle and dancers

Presentations & Presenters — (Auditorium)
7PM – Opening Remarks
7:10PM – Panel: Indigenous Sovereignty
7:40PM – Panel: Indigenous Movement
8PM – Philly Now
8:30PM – Q&A + Closing Remarks

List of Presenters:

Trinity Norwood (Ambassador of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribe)
Chief Dwaine Perry of Ramapough Lenape Nation
Daniel Wakonax Rivera / Taino Restoration Movement)
Yadira Xochicoatl
Brujo de la Mancha / Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac
Keturah Peters / Natives at Penn
Américo Mendoza–Mori / Quechua Program at Penn

More info about the event, here

Quechua Cultural Night, 10/19, 6pm

Thursday, October 19th, 2017
Place: Arch Building #110, UPenn (3601 Locust Walk)

Tupasunchis!! Let’s meet up!

We invite your to learn more about the Andes (Latin America), its people and culture, and Quechua language. Please join us for a fun evening of Quechua conversation, games, and refreshments (Inca Kola). Everyone is welcome!

No previous knowledge of Quechua is necessary.
Free and Open the public

Facebook event link

David Choquehuanca at Penn

Event Canceled until further notice

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.