Learning about Quechua: A Lecture and K-12 Teacher Workshop
This event is open to the public; registration is required.
Introductory Remarks: Miryam Yataco (NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, Department of Teaching & Learning, Multilingual Multicultural Education Program)
Check-in at 12:30pm
1:00pm – Lecture: Gustavo Solís Fonseca (presenting in spanish - presentando en español) "El Quechua y las lenguas del Peru: Una Perspectiva Histórica"
2:30pm – Workshop: Incorporating Quechua/Kichwa into K-12 Classrooms
Workshop Facilitator: Nellie Mulkay (Director, NYS SBETAC Metro Center for Urban Education)
Presenters: Gustavo Solís Fonseca, Miryam Yataco, Eduardo Felix Medrano
Open to the public, registration required. Register here.
Dr. Gustavo Solis Fonseca is Distinguished Professor at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Centro de Investigacion de Linguistica Aplicada (CILA UNMSM). Dr. Solis holds both a Doctorate and Master of Arts in Linguistics, specializing in Amerindian languages. Dr. Solis has been the director of CILA, the Center for Research in Applied Linguistics, at the UNMSM for several years. He has also been the recipient on two occasions of the Medal to the Scientific Merit that is offered by the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos.
Dr. Solis is one of the leading scholars and researchers in the area of Amazonian & Andean languages. His research is of an interdisciplinary nature, drawing on fields as diverse as general and theoretical linguistics, macro- and micro-sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, linguistic anthropology, education, ethnography of communication, language contact phenomena, working with extinct languages, language policy & planning, language revitalization, politics and history. He began his work in the Amazon region while working as a researcher of two Amazonian languages: the Machiguenga and the Arawak in the MANU National Park, where he lived among the Machiguenga learning their language. He became the Director of Graduate Programas at PROEIB ANDES in Bolivia. He also has been instrumental in helping the establishing of Bilingual Indigenous Programs at Universidad de la Amazonia. He has also been instrumental in the implementation and conceptualization of Educational Reforms (working directly with bilingual educators) in a variety regions within Peru such as the one happening presently in the Apurimac region called QUECHUA FOR ALL. He has also been instrumental in establishing and advance programs to conduct research in Anthroponymy the study of names, in the Amazon and in the Andes. Download Dr. Solís' article "No todo desaparece cuando una lengua muere".
He has published various books: Lenguas en la Amazonía Peruana (2003), Lenguas Vivas Introducción a la Morfología (2004) , Cuestiones de lingüística general, hispánica y aplicada (2004), Introducción en la Toponimia (1989), Todas las lenguas del Perú (forthcoming) etc. He has also been the author of numerous articles on linguistics and Peruvian native languages. One of his greatest contributions is that he has designed the official ethno-linguistic maps of Peru. (Map & booklet) (1987, 2003). Recently he was called to be one of the 30 world specialists who participated in the Report of UNESCO on the state of the languages of the World (2008); additionally he is an author of the section corresponding to the Peruvian Amazon languages that appears in the Sociolinguistic Atlas of Latin America (2009), important publication of Latin-America promoted by UNICEF. This publication is instrumental for decision making in matters relating to linguistic policy in Latin American countries.
Additional information about Dr. Solís:
An interview with Peruvian specialist in Amerindian languages, Dr. Gustavo Solis Fonseca
Quechua Week is an event series produced by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at New York University that celebrates Quechua language and cultures. Quechua/Kichwa is an indigenous language spoken by a millions of people in the Andes region in South America. Quechua language and cultural practices are also present in many other parts of the world – including New York City. The events of Quechua Week range in format and span a broad range of topics – from language rights and policies to the use of YouTube in fostering international exchange. Quechua Week aims to highlight issues that are relevant to Andean region and the international community, to provide educational materials about and foster an appreciation for Quechua/Kichwa language and cultures. All events are free and open to the public, and will include the English, Spanish and Quechua/Kichwa languages as noted.
Quechua Week 2010 is a series produced by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at NYU. This series is sponsored by the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) at Columbia University, the NYU Native Peoples Forum, the NYU Steinhardt Metropolitan Center for Urban Education NYS SBETAC, and the NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Quechua Week is supported by the National Museum of the American Indian, the NYU Department of Cinema Studies, Pachamama Peruvian Arts, the UN Peruvian Cultural Club, and CinemaTropical.