Peruvian Community gathering with the Consul of Peru

Wednesday, November 16th at 6pm

Greenfield Intercultural Center at Penn
(3708 Chesnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104)

Peruvian Community gathering with the Consul of Peru

Mr. Vitaliano Gallardo, the Consul of Peru for New Jersey and Pennsylvania, visited Penn. Peruvians, Peruvian-Americans and the Peru lovers community came for an informal gathering with him. We haved Peruvian food and music.


Facebook event page, here

Julia García, promoter of Quechua and Bolivian culture at QSAM


On November 5th, during the second edition of the Quechua Student Alliance Meeting (QSAM) at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, we recognized Ms. Julia Garcia for her life-long committed to promote Quechua and Bolivian Culture in the United States.

Garcia, a native from Cochambamba, is an executive council member at Comité Pro Bolivia, she also teaches at Jefferson Middle School in Arglington Va, and is a language partner for the Washington DC-based Global Languages Network.

For more info about QSAM please, click here.



Andean Music Educators to be honored at UPenn


Edda Bonilla and José Luis Hurtado, founders of the Miami-based Kuyayky Foundation, will be recognized for their life trajectory on promoting Andean Heritage in Perú and the United States. 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 (February, 10-11, 2017) at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

More info about the conference, here.


*Kuyayky is a Quechua word that means: “I love you”.

[film series] Is the Quechua language on the rise or decline?


Sunday, November 13th

Penn Museum
Quechua: The fading Inca language (2010) Dir. Gabina Funegra (19min) & newly translated short Quechua dramas from Youtube. Post screening discussion lead by Américo Mendoza-Mori (Quechua)

The Quechua language, the largest indigenous language group in the Americas, has been suppressed and maligned for hundreds of years, but now is enjoying a revival of esteem and usage thanks to specific governmental policies and the enthusiasm of students from as far as Paris and Tokyo.

More info here

Peruvian historian Cecilia Mendez will be the keynote speaker at “Thinking Andean Studies”



Cecilia Méndez, associate professor of History at the University of California-Santa Barbara, will be the keynote speaker at the second edition of Thinking Andean Studies: an interdisciplinary conference (Philadelphia, February 10-11, 2017).

Méndez focus primarily her work on social and political history of the Andean region. Her research highlights the importance of late eighteenth-century, and nineteenth-century political developments in shaping modern conceptions nationhood, citizenship, and “race.”


Keynote Talk: “Foundational Violences: Silences, memory, and fratricide in Peru’s historiographical narratives, 1781-2017”

Saturday, February 11th, 5:00pm – 6:15pm | Widener Room (Penn Museum)  


Like other American countries after independence,  Peru was engulfed in civil wars throughout the nineteenth century. But the memories of these wars did not shape national political identities in twentieth-century Peru as they did  in, say, twentieth-century Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina, or the  United States. Rather, the memories of Peru’s nineteenth century civil wars have been overshadowed by  those of  the War of the Pacific that Peru lost to Chile (1879-1883), and the uprising lead by Túpac Amaru II in 1780-181.

Despite having occurred four decades before the establishment of Peru’s national state, the Túpac Amaru rebellion can be studied as a civil war by virtue of its lingering effects in the country’s memory.  But insofar as it was, for the most part, a repressed  memory, it was not integrated into an open, explicitly political discourse at the national level, at least until the 1960s.  My presentation analyzes the silencing and  memories of the Túpac Amaru rebellion and subsequent –mostly indigenous– rebellions (1780-1815)  as they manifested themselves in popular and  historiographical narratives from shortly after they occurred. It postulates that the erasure of these uprisings from the earliest  foundational historiographical  narratives of the nation cannot be interpreted as forgetfulness but  rather as an uneasiness toward their violent character. Yet, it was not violence per se that unsettled the dominant historiography, as much its remembrance in “ethnic” terms. Put it other words: the rebellion of Túpac Amaru  was not silenced because it was violent but because it evoked, in mostly Creole writers, the idea of  Indians exerting violence. 

My ultimate goal is to decipher a seeming paradox; to wit, how the very country that produced both the major anti-Spanish colonial insurgency in Spanish America prior to the wars of independence, and the bloodiest Marxists guerrilla in the 20th century, crafted one of the most conservative –“insurgency averse” – historical narratives of national foundation in the continent.


For more information about “Thinking Andean Studies” conference, please click here. (deadline for submissions is November 20, 2016)


[talk] “Visions of Nature in Quechua and Mayan Literature” by Charles Pigott

flyerpigott[talk] “Visions of Nature in Quechua and Mayan Literature” by Charles Pigott (University of Cambridge)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Place: Cherpack Conference Room (Williams Hall 543, University of Pennsylvania)

Dr. Pigott’s research focuses on the indigenous cultures and languages of Latin America, particularly the oral and written literature of the Maya and Quechua. In view of the fact that such cultures often have very different interpretative frameworks to the ‘Western’ academic tradition, he combines the perspectives of several disciplines including literary studies, antropology, linguistics and philosophy, in order to attain a holistic understanding.

Even free and open to the public

PennSpectrum Weekend: discussing and celebrating cultural identity


PennSpectrum Weekend (September 23-25, 2016) brings together students, alumni, faculty and staff for dialogue centered on issues of cultural identity.

We welcome alumni and allies from all backgrounds as well as current Penn undergraduate and graduate students. The conference focuses on issues pertinent to the Black, Latinx, Native, Asian, and LGBTQ alumni and student communities.

The Quechua program at Penn will be co-hosting one of the activities: the Latinx social, on Friday 23th, 9:30PM at Distrito Upstairs (3945 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104).

Penn Students can register for Free with the code: Lead100

More info, events calendar and registration


Penn Quechua language program: featured at the United Nations

Press Conference: Celebrating the 9th anniversary of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Speakers (left to right): Reaghan Tarbell, documentary film maker and director Américo Mendoza-Mori; Professor at University of Pennsylvania and founder of Quechua language program Chandra-Roy Henriksen, Chief of the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

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On September 13th, 2016 we commemorated the 9th anniversary of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. For this important occasion, Américo Mendoza-Mori, Quechua Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, spoke at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. He was also joined by Chandra-Roy Henriksen, Chief of the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and by Reaghan Tarbell, documentary filmmaker and director.

The event focused on how Indigenous Peoples contribute to urban societies far from their ancestral homes – and the efforts needed to ensure the survival and flourishing of their languages cultures and identities in this new context. In this regards, Mendoza-Mori spoke about his engagement to ensure survival of Quechua through universities in the US, and the relation between language, culture and respect for the Indigenous Peoples. He focused on his experience building up the Quechua language program at Penn, and how this initiative also works as a platform to discuss on the value of Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge, which sometimes is overlooked.

The Quechua initiative at UPenn offers classes, organizes Andean Culture nights, conferences and gatherings to raise awareness on diversity among the Penn community.

Quechua is the most spoken Indigenous Languages in the Americas with about 6-8 million speakers. Most of its speakers live in Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador, as some areas of Colombia, Chile and Argentina.


The full video can be watched here



El 13 de setiembre conmemoramos el 9no. Aniversario de la Declaracion de los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas. Para esta importante ocasión, Américo Mendoza-Mori, profesor de Quechua en la Universidad de Pensilvania, habló en la sede de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU), en Nueva York. Junto a él estuvieron  Chandra-Roy Henriksen, Jefa de la Secretaría de la ONU de asuntos indígenas y Reaghan Tarbell, cineasta.

El evento se enfocó en cómo los pueblos originarios contribuyen a las sociedades urbanas, lejos de sus regiones ancestrales, y los esfuerzos por asegurar la difusión de sus culturas y lenguas en estos nuevos contextos. En ese sentido, Mendoza-Mori, habló de su trabajo con la promoción del Quechua en universidades de Estados Unidos, y la relación entre lengua, cultura y respeto por los pueblos indígenas. Habló también de su experiencia trabajando en el programa de Quechua de UPenn y cómo esta iniciativa también opera como una plataforma para discutir el valor de los saberes de los pueblos indígenas, los cuales a veces son menospreciados.

La iniciativa Quechua en UPenn ofrece clases, organiza noches de cultura andina, congresos y encuentro que buscan celebrar la diversidad entre la comunidad universitaria de Penn.

Quechua es la lengua indígena más hablada en las Américas, con 6 a 8 millones de hablantes. La mayoría de sus hablantes viven en  PerúBolivia, y Ecuador, así como también en algunas zonas de ColombiaChile y Argentina.

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Celebrating the 9th anniversary of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Speakers (left to right):
Reaghan Tarbell, documentary film maker and director Américo Mendoza-Mori; Professor at University of Pennsylvania
and founder of Quechua language program
Chandra-Roy Henriksen, Chief of the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues]

photo credit: UN/Rick Bajornas



Second edition of the Quechua Student Alliance Meeting will be in November at UPenn

For the 2017 edition of the Quechua Student Alliance gathering please click here


Quechua Student Alliance Meeting 2016

November 5th, 2016 (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.

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. Therefore, through Quechua we celebrate the cultures and knowledges of the Andes.

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.

We are very excited to organize the second edition of this gathering in Philadelphia, at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn).

The Quechua program at Penn is promoting this meeting in collaboration with the UMass – Amherst, Spanish and Portuguese Program.

Join us! Please register by October 23rd, 2016.

More info (F.A.Q. , registration), please click here