Director Change at LLILAS
Posted: August 31, 2006
Farewell to Nick Shumway, welcome to Bryan Roberts.
LLILAS bids a fond farewell to Nicolas Shumway, director since 1995, who has accepted a position as the new chair of the UT Spanish and Portuguese Department. A well-known scholar on Spanish language and literature and a respected expert on Argentina, Shumway holds the Tomas Rivera Regents Professorship in Spanish American Literature. Among the many accomplishments during his tenure at LLILAS were the securing of several major endowments, including the Long Endowment that resulted in the renaming of the institute; development of new concentrations in the M.A. program, including environmental studies, development studies, and the cultural politics of Afro-Latin and indigenous peoples; the securement of additional Latin Americanist faculty lines and increased academic support for students and faculty; the establishment of five new area centers within LLILAS; and the creation of several new visiting professorships. Nick will be greatly missed at the institute, but we wish him the best in his new position.
As its interim director, LLILAS is pleased to welcome Bryan R. Roberts, C. B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in U.S.-Mexico Relations and Professor of Sociology. Bryan is a familiar face at the institute, with a long-term association as director of LLILAS's Mexican Center and the Center for Latin American Social Policy. Also affiliated with UT's Population Research Center, he is an expert on social policy, demography, and urban and regional development. Among his many books are Organizing Strangers (1973), Cities of Peasants (1978), and The Making of Citizens (1995), as well as the ILAS Monograph Peasant Cooperation and Capitalist Expansion in Central Peru (1978), which he coedited with Norman Long. Bryan is starting the fall semester off with a full slate of activities at LLILAS, including a visit by former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso on September 13.