LLILAS Undergraduate One of Dean’s Distinguished Graduates
Posted: May 15, 2013
Each spring the College of Liberal Arts honors as Dean’s Distinguished Graduates twelve graduating seniors who have proved themselves outstanding in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and service. This year one of those chosen is a LLILAS student, Travis Knoll.
Travis is a Latin American Studies major specializing in Argentina and Brazil. He is earning departmental honors from Latin American Studies with a thesis entitled “Critiques of Machismo and Authoritarian Structures in Contemporary Argentine Cinema.” His awards and scholarships include two Eva Woods Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarships, a Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Undergraduate Academic Scholarship, a Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Travel Scholarship, a Bernard Rapoport Study Abroad Scholarship, and a Region 8 second place finish in column writing in the Society for Professional Journalist’s “Mark of Excellence Awards.” Travis is also co-winner of the 2013 Jordan Prize for best Latin American Studies undergraduate departmental honors thesis. He is a weekly columnist at the Daily Texan and was an undergraduate intern at the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. After graduation, Travis plans to continue at LLILAS in the MA program, researching right-wing Brazilian and Argentine Catholic intellectuals from1930–1980.
Travis follows in the footsteps of three fellow LLILAS students and distinguished graduates for 2010, 2011, and 2012: Anna Nicole Kreisberg, Wiley Jennings, and Melissa Macaya.