April 14, 2018 Professor
Amerigo Mendoza-Mori, Quechua Language Program, University of
Pennsylvania: "Quechua beyond the Incas: Contemporary use,
promotion and teaching of Indigenous Languages"
As the Inca
Empire’s official language, Quechua was thriving when the
Spanish arrived to South America during the 16th century.
Since then, for different political and social reasons, the
number of speakers declined and Quechua is currently
considered an endangered language by UNESCO.
many initiatives are currently promoting the Quechua Language
and Andean culture within the academic and community spheres,
and therefore, allowing us to highlight points of view
that have been forgotten or overlooked. We will discuss
the importance of Indigenous Languages planning and
revitalization, and how these initiatives can collaborate in
the promotion of a more diverse education system.
Mendoza-Mori teaches Spanish and Quechua at the University of
Pennsylvania. He is co-editor of Panel A-L: Reflexiones sobre
literatura y discursos de América Latina (2011). His most
recent peer-reviewed article is “Quechua Language Programs in
the United States: Cultural Hubs for Indigenous Cultures”
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