Activities & off-campus events

Bag Lunch Discussion Series: Remaking Indigenous Music in Ecuador

Friday, November 2, 2018

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Center for Women, CdC 230

Join us for a screening and discussion of a documentary film about music in the Andes Mountains of South America. Professor Allison Adrian examines gender, identity, and music among an Ecuadorian indigenous group experiencing significant outmigration to the U.S., where they continue to celebrate Andean festivals in the diaspora. How do indigenous Cañaris recover and remake music once embedded in an unjust hacienda system? How are musical practices, indigenous identity, and the performance of gender impacted when a community that relies primarily on oral tradition to pass on skills and knowledge is scattered geographically? Ecuadorian food from Chimborazo restaurant in Minneapolis will be served to accompany the film and conversation.

Allison Adrian is an ethnomusicologist – she studies people making music. She worked as a Fulbright Scholar in 2016, collaborating with indigenous Cañari leaders at a bilingual Spanish/kichwa school in the highlands of Ecuador, to document music in public and private indigenous life – a practice many Cañaris fear is disappearing. The film being screened is one of the outcomes of this research. She is an Associate Professor of Music, Women’s Studies, and Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity at St. Catherine University.


Throughout the academic year, the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women hosts the Women’s Studies (WOST) and Critical Studies of Race & Ethnicity (CRST) monthly bag lunch discussion series. The series brings together faculty, students, staff, and community members to discuss current research and creative endeavors.

Bring your lunch and your friends! Refreshments will be provided.

All bag lunch discussions are held from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Center for Women, Coeur de Catherine 230, St. Paul campus. For more information, please contact the Center for Women at (651) 690-6783 or