Through a wide range of programs and events, CLACS serves as a point of connection for scholars, students and members of the public who share an interest in Quechua languages and cultures. Scholars and students from around the world meet through CLACS, furthering research and study of Quechua, while online resources expand the scope of initiatives, increasing access to Quechua-related materials. Native speakers from the NYC metropolitan area as well as from the Andean region of South America regularly collaborate with the NYU community to support the diffusion, exploration and celebration of these indigenous languages.
CLACS offers many ways to become involved with the Quechua language. We launched our Quechua Study at NYU program in 2008, a four-semester course sequence available to beginner to advanced-level students. While courses are currently taught by Odi Gonzales, of Cusco, Peru, students and speakers of other Quechua languages and dialects are always welcome at CLACS. Academic events, such as our Research Colloquia and projects of the Andean Initiative, often intersect with Quechua studies and create interdisciplinary opportunities; for example, in 2012 CLACS produced the Mundos Andinos event series, and in 2010 we hosted Quechua Week. Our Quechua Outreach Committee coordinates monthly Quechua Conversation Nights, which are open to the public and provide a supportive and informal setting that privileges the use of Quechua languages. In 2011, we launched the Rimasun Quechua language podcast series, a collaborative audio project published biweekly on the CLACS blog. CLACS also creates and distributes online Quechua lessons which further enhance the impact of Quechua initiatives at NYU and beyond.