Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Welcome, Bienvenidos, Bem-vindos!

LLILAS Benson Director Charles Hale

Please accept our warm welcome to the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at The University of Texas at Austin. Our interdisciplinary program integrates more than 30 academic departments and some 160 faculty across the university, offering programs that lead to BA, MA, and PhD degrees, as well as a range of dual MA degree programs, including Community and Regional Planning, Law, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Geography and the Environment, and Social Work. As a designated Title VI National Resource Center for Latin American studies and languages, we are supported by the U.S. Department of Education in providing training and public engagement programs in Latin American area studies and languages.

In September 2011, LLILAS established a partnership with the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, one of the world’s premiere repositories of Latin American and U.S. Latina/o materials. LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections pairs the abundant scholarly resources of the collection with the teaching and research focus of the institute. This historic agreement between two venerable units of The University of Texas at Austin has opened new opportunities for collaboration, and holds the promise of becoming a model for the global public university of the twenty-first century.

Socially engaged scholarship is a core principle at LLILAS, and immersion in the language, culture, and history of Latin America is a central component of our degree programs. We sponsor a wide array of scholarly programs throughout the academic year, including symposia, panels, lectures, faculty book talks, workshops, and the signature Lozano Long Conference, which draws international participants. LLILAS addresses current events of critical interest to the Latin Americanist and Latina/o communities via the foro urgente, a high-profile forum involving scholars and members of the community.

LLILAS Benson maintains one of world’s largest collections of digital assets on Latin American studies, which includes unique archives in the areas of human rights, indigenous languages, and the first books published in the Americas. A growing emphasis on digital scholarship complements the analog resources of the library, the classroom, and the field. The use of these digital sources in teaching, research, and learning greatly expands our scholarly horizons, and their content reinforces the LLILAS commitment to socially engaged scholarship.

The interdisciplinary nature of LLILAS is one of our biggest sources of pride. Latin Americanists from across campus offer a wide array of courses, encouraging collaboration across disciplines among faculty, students, and degree programs. Likewise, curated exhibitions at the Benson Collection reach deep into the library’s rich and varied archives to highlight distinct themes or to dovetail with other events and topics on campus.

As you peruse this website, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly if you have any questions.

With best wishes,

Charles Hale
Director, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections

  • Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

    University of Texas at Austin
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    2300 Red River Street D0800
    Austin, Texas 78712