Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
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Student and Journalist Collaboration Breaks New Ground Reporting on Lynching in Bolivia

Thu, Nov 21, 2013

“Bolivia: Los linchados de El Alto,” written by PhD student and Beca Anfibia recipient Jorge Derpic (Department of Sociology) in collaboration with journalist Alex Ayala and published in Revista Anfibia, investigates lynching in Bolivia, a topic about which little has been published.


New Tool Maps UT Latin Americanist Graduate Students

Tue, Nov 19, 2013

The newest addition to the University of Texas at Austin Graduate Latin Americanist Network is the compilation of a Google map of the network. The multidisciplinary networking tool graphically indicates geographical areas of student research and can help connect researchers working on related topics.


LLILAS Benson Director Responds to "Mock Immigration Sting" by YCT

Tue, Nov 19, 2013

News of plans for the “mock immigration sting” to be staged by the YCT (Young Conservatives of Texas) reached the LLILAS Executive Committee today, and was the focus of vigorous, unanimous repudiation.


LLILAS Benson Transformations Invite and Enliven

Thu, Nov 14, 2013

On October 24, 2013, LLILAS Benson hosted a reception to celebrate its newly branded partnership and transformations to its spaces within Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 1.


LLILAS Welcomes Luis Urrieta Jr., New Chair of the Mexican Center

Mon, Nov 4, 2013

As the new chair of the Mexican Center, Luis Urrieta, Jr., Associate Professor of Cultural Studies in Education and associate LLILAS faculty, plans to continue to provide a platform for top scholarship and public engagement on vital issues related to Mexico.


LLILAS Faculty Receive Hamilton Book Awards

Mon, Oct 28, 2013

Congratulations to Professor Julia E. Guernsey (Department of Art and Art History) and Professor Robin Moore (Butler School of Music) for recognition by the Robert W. Hamilton Book Author Awards Program.


Call for Abstracts: XXXIV Annual ILASSA Student Conference

Thu, Oct 17, 2013

The Institute of Latin American Studies Student Association (ILASSA) is pleased to announce the call for abstracts for their 34th annual conference, "Latin American Studies at the Edge: Challenging Regional Margins."


Study Abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina: Geography, Language, and Culture

Fri, Oct 11, 2013

The study abroad program in Buenos Aires, Argentina is accepting applications for the May 22–July 4, 2014 session. Applications to the program led by Dr. Gregory Knapp are due by December 1, 2013.


Professor Zachary Elkins and Team Create Site for Exploring World’s Constitutions

Fri, Oct 11, 2013

Associate Professor of Government and LLILAS associate, Zachary Elkins is one of the creators of the Google Web site Constitute that debuted on September 23, 2013, at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.


LLILAS Announces Inaugural K’iche’ Class and Welcomes Its Instructor

Thu, Sep 19, 2013

Manuela “Nela” Tahay, instructor for the first ever K’iche’ class offered at The University of Texas at Austin, is originally from Nahualá, Guatemala. She teaches Introduction to K’iche’, a Mayan language spoken by more than one million people in the western highlands of Guatemala.


Study Abroad in Bluefields, Nicaragua: Afro-Caribbean Politics and Culture in Central America

Mon, Sep 16, 2013

The study abroad program in Bluefields, Nicaragua is accepting applications for the July 13–August 24, 2014 session. Applications to the program led by Dr. Juliet Hooker and Dr. Edmund Gordon of the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies are due December 1, 2013.


Journalism Professor Donna DeCesare Receives International Award

Wed, Sep 11, 2013

Associate Professor of Journalism and LLILAS associate Donna DeCesare is among four international journalists to receive the 2013 Maria Moors Cabot Prize. DeCesare will receive a medal and a $5,000 honorarium on October 21, 2013, during a ceremony at Columbia University.


LLILAS Welcomes Three Visiting Professors

Wed, Sep 4, 2013

LLILAS welcomes its Fall 2013 visiting professors: Pablo de Larrañaga and Magdalena Villarreal, Edward Larocque Tinker Visiting Professors; and Guadalupe Gonzalez, Matías Romero Visiting Chair in Mexican Studies.


Prof. Henry Dietz, Department of Government [Photo: Marsha Miller/UT Austin]

Prof. Henry Dietz Receives Outstanding Teaching Award

Wed, Aug 21, 2013

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Henry Dietz (Department of Government) is one of twenty-six faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin to receive the 2013 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards. UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa comments, “We are deeply grateful to the regents for their ongoing commitment to honor our very best and most dedicated faculty. These awards recognize the immeasurable impact teachers have on our students, who will shape the future of our communities across Texas and the nation.”


UT-Brazil Agreement Signed to Fund Research Exchange

Mon, Aug 19, 2013

In June 2013, as part of an effort to improve our relationship with Brazilian institutions, The University of Texas at Austin signed an agreement with FAPESP (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo), the São Paulo state funding agency, to jointly allocate $600,000 in research funding over the next three years.


UT Austin Represented at 2013 Latin American Studies Association Congress

Wed, Jun 5, 2013

Each spring, specialists in Latin American Studies come together for the International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) to present and discuss cutting-edge research on the region. LASA is a professional association with more than 7,000 members that brings together experts from various disciplines and professions to advance the discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America and the Caribbean.


LLILAS Staff Members Receive Outstanding Staff Awards

Tue, May 28, 2013

LLILAS is pleased to announce that staff members Cynthia Gladstone and Teresa Wingfield received the Outstanding Staff Award for their contributions to the university at The President’s Staff Awards on April 23, 2013.


LLILAS Undergraduate One of Dean’s Distinguished Graduates

Wed, 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.


Two Students Receive Newly Created Brazil Center Scholarship

Tue, May 14, 2013

LLILAS is pleased to announce the first-ever recipients of the Brazil Center Scholarship for Graduate Students. Congratulations to Justin Laue (Department of Geography and the Environment) and Eyal Weinberg (Department of History).


LLILAS Benson Projects Highlighted at Texas Conference on Digital Libraries

Mon, May 13, 2013

Several LLILAS Benson digital initiatives were prominently featured at the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries held in Austin May 7–8, 2013. In a session on May 7, LLILAS Benson GRA Nicholas Woodward delivered a presentation titled, “Crowdsourcing + Machine Learning: Building an Application to Covert Scanned Documents to Text.”


LLILAS Faculty in the News

Tue, Apr 30, 2013

Due to their wide range of expertise, LLILAS faculty are frequently called upon to discuss Latin America–related issues in the media, as well as receiving recognition for their contributions to Latin American Studies. Featured here are some of our most recent faculty in the news.


New Brazil Center Scholarship for Graduate Students

Tue, Apr 23, 2013

LLILAS is pleased to announce the creation of the Brazil Center Scholarship. The $1,000 award seeks to promote the visibility of Brazilian Studies on the UT campus and to support the research work of our graduate students in Brazil. We invite all currently enrolled UT graduate students to apply by May 3, 2013.


Norsworthy and Heath with directors and staff of AHPN and AGCA

Libraries Symposium in Guatemala Features Speakers from UT Austin

Wed, Apr 17, 2013

During the first week of April 2013, UT Austin Vice Provost and Director of UT Libraries Fred Heath and LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Coordinator Kent Norsworthy traveled to Guatemala for a series of presentations and meetings on libraries and archives. The two spent time in both Guatemala City and Antigua.


Jorge Derpic, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology

Jorge Derpic Awarded First Beca Anfibia

Wed, Apr 10, 2013

Jorge Derpic, a graduate student in the Department of Sociology, has been awarded the first Beca Anfibia, a summer stipend that supports a UT graduate student in the writing of a "crónica," or short essay, for a broad audience. The idea for the pilot scholarship grew out of a workshop taught by Chilean journalist and writer Cristian Alarcón, Visiting Resource Professor at LLILAS during spring 2013.


LLILAS Faculty in the News

Tue, Mar 26, 2013

Due to their wide range of expertise, LLILAS faculty are frequently called upon to discuss Latin America–related issues in the media, as well as receiving recognition for their contributions to Latin American Studies. Featured here are some of our most recent faculty in the news.


Prof. Martha Menchaca Receives 2013 NACCS Book Award

Mon, Mar 25, 2013

LLILAS is proud to announce that Prof. Martha Menchaca of the UT Department of Anthropology is the recipient of the 2013 Book Award from the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies for her book "Naturalizing Mexican Immigrants: A Texas History" (University of Texas Press, 2011).


LLILAS Announces 2013 Community Engagement Award

Fri, Mar 22, 2013

LLILAS has released the application for its annual Community Engagement Award, which provides a cash prize to two students who demonstrate a commitment to community service and volunteerism. The award underscores LLILAS’s goal of inspiring students to change the world for the better.


Two LLILAS Books Selected as Outstanding Academic Titles of 2012 by "Choice" Magazine

Wed, Jan 30, 2013

Two titles in the LLILAS book series copublished with the University of Texas Press, Roderic Camp’s "Mexican Political Biographies, 1935–2009" and Guillermo Giucci’s "The Cultural Life of the Automobile," have been selected as Outstanding Academic Titles of 2012 by "Choice" magazine, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries.


LLILAS Welcomes Tinker Visiting Professor from Cuba

Wed, Jan 30, 2013

LLILAS is pleased to welcome Tinker Visiting Professor Jorge Mario Sánchez Egozcue, Professor of Economics from the Universidad de La Habana, Cuba. During Spring 2013, Dr. Sánchez will be teaching the graduate course “Latin American Economics and Development” and will give a public lecture on U.S.-Cuba relations in April.


LLILAS Faculty in the News

Mon, Jan 21, 2013

Due to their wide range of expertise, LLILAS faculty are frequently called upon to discuss Latin America–related issues in the media, as well as receiving recognition for their contributions to Latin American Studies. Featured here are some of our most recent faculty in the news.


LLILAS Collaborates on "15 Minute History" Podcast

Mon, Jan 14, 2013

Texas teachers can learn about Latin America in a podcast series devoted to short, accessible discussions of important topics in history. “15 Minute History” is a joint project of Hemispheres, the international outreach consortium at UT, and the History Department’s Not Even Past website.


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