Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
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Julianne Gilland to Lead Benson Latin American Collection

Mon, Dec 15, 2014

The Benson’s curator of two years will step into the chief leadership role at the collection while continuing her special collections work.


Cintia Huitzil (LLILAS MA, 2014) at her graduation, with Dr. Lorraine Leu (right). Photo by Mari Correa.

Dual Degree in Latin American Studies and Social Work

Tue, Dec 2, 2014

A new dual master’s degree in Latin American studies and social work holds great potential for students.


Gabriel García Márquez working on

Nobel Prize-Winning Author Gabriel García Márquez’s Archive Acquired by The University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center

Mon, Nov 24, 2014

The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has acquired the archive of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez (1927–2014).


Javier Sicilia Presents Austin Lecture on Contemporary Mexico

Wed, Nov 12, 2014

Mexican writer and peace activist Javier Sicilia will present the Austin Lecture on Contemporary Mexico on Monday, November 17, at 6 p.m., on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. Sicilia’s talk is titled “La crisis del Estado y la dignidad ciudadana en México” (State Crisis and Civilian Dignity in Mexico).


Mural at the School of Social Work by Raúl Valdez, 1996

New Dual Degree in Social Work–Latin American Studies Addresses Gap in Services for Latinos

Thu, Nov 6, 2014

The School of Social Work and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at The University of Texas at Austin are establishing a new dual degree program at the graduate level, the first of its kind in the United States.


Photo by Dmitry V. Petrenko

Summer 2015 Program in Rio de Janeiro

Tue, Oct 28, 2014

LLILAS faculty associate João Vargas will lead a study abroad program in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the summer of 2015. Vargas is an associate professor of anthropology and African and African Diaspora Studies.


Rayuela manuscript pages and first edition (photo by Robert Esparza)

Argentine Music and Literature To Be on Display at October 16 Event

Tue, Oct 14, 2014

Icons of Argentine music and letters will be the focus of Celebrating Argentina: An Evening of Tango, Literature, and Food. Focusing on the lyrics, music, and dance of tango, as well as an archival gem—Julio Cortázar’s original manuscript of the novel Rayuela—the event offers something to appeal to all five of the senses.


LLILAS students protest in solidarity with 43 missing Mexican students (photo by Kate Layton)

LLILAS Executive Committee and Mexican Center Condemn Violent Repression of Students in Mexican State of Guerrero

Thu, Oct 9, 2014

We are pained and outraged by the news of the recent murder of six and disappearance of 43 normalista students from the Escuela Normal Rural “Raúl Isidro Burgos” in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico, reportedly at the hand of local police forces.


LLILAS and Geography Professors Visit New Potential Study Site in Puerto Rico

Wed, Oct 8, 2014

Professors Carlos Ramos-Scharrón, Eugenio Arima, Edgardo Latrubesse, and Ken Young recently visited Puerto Rico as part of current efforts to develop a new research project with local partners from the University of Puerto Rico’s Río Piedras and Mayagüez campuses and the U.S. Forest Service’s International Institute of Tropical Forestry.


Javier Auyero Named LLILAS Benson Associate Director for Public Programs

Mon, Oct 6, 2014

Javier Auyero, the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Professor of Latin American Sociology, has been named Associate Director for Public Programs at LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections.


Clinton Global Citizen Award Winner Employs Several LLILAS Alumni

Tue, Sep 23, 2014

On Sunday, September 21, President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton honored the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) with the Clinton Global Initiative’s 2014 Global Citizen Award.


Photo courtesy of Carina Guevara

Foro Urgente Addresses Border Immigration Crisis

Thu, Sep 11, 2014

LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections organized a foro urgente on the border immigration crisis, held Thursday, September 4, on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin.


David Block Retires from LLILAS Benson

Wed, Aug 27, 2014

At the end of this week, LLILAS Benson bids farewell to David Block, Associate Director for Scholarly Resources and Latin American Bibliographer at the Benson Latin American Collection.


"Foro Urgente" to Focus on Border Humanitarian Crisis

Tue, Aug 26, 2014

LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections is the co-sponsor of “Foro Urgente: Understanding the Humanitarian Crisis on the Border: Roots and Responses,” a panel discussion and community forum addressing the humanitarian crisis on the U.S.–Mexico border and responses to the crisis from government and local organizations.


Second Call for UT-FAPESP Research Announced

Mon, Aug 25, 2014

The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil, and The University of Texas at Austin have launched a second call for joint research projects as part of a five-year agreement between the institutions.


Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive staff member prepares police records for archival processing and digitization.

Learning from Latin America Through Post-Custodial Archiving

Sun, Aug 24, 2014

A post-custodial archiving project of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections enters a new phase with the hiring of archivist Theresa Polk, who joined the LLILAS Benson staff in July.


Romo Silkscreens on Display in COLA Dean's Suite

Thu, Aug 14, 2014

Seven vibrant silkscreens from the Benson Latin American Collection will be on display over the next several years in the Dean’s Office of the College of Liberal Arts, located on the third floor of the Gebauer Building.


Barrio Logan, San Diego, CA; photo by Manny Galaviz

LLILAS Graduate Students Blog from Near and Far This Summer

Tue, Jul 15, 2014

LLILAS graduate students are blogging about their summer research projects.


Professor Sergio Romero: “Guatemala es paraíso de lenguas”

Sun, Jun 22, 2014

Assistant Professor Sergio Romero (Spanish & Portuguese, LLILAS) was interviewed in Guatemala’s newspaper of record, Prensa Libre, in anticipation of a June 25 conference at the Academy of Geography and History in Guatemala City titled “Myth and Language in Guatemala’s Indigenous Chronicles.”


LLILAS Affiliate Fernando Lara Pens Houston Chronicle Op-Ed

Thu, Jun 12, 2014

LLILAS faculty affiliate Fernando Luiz Lara has had an op-ed published in the Houston Chronicle titled “Don’t Wait for Mega-Events to Build Public Projects.” Lara is associate professor at the School of Architecture, and director of the Brazil Center.


Benson Collection Partners with Austin Public Library on Maps Exhibition

Wed, Jun 4, 2014

The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection of The University of Texas at Austin has installed the exhibition "Mapping Mexican History: Territories in Dispute, Identities in Question" at Austin’s Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe.


Aurora Mayté Salazar-Ordóñez

Latin American Studies Students Receive Awards, Honors

Wed, May 14, 2014

Four Latin American studies majors—three graduating seniors and one junior—are the recipients of honors this spring.


AILLA Raises Funds to Preserve Indigenous Latin American Languages

Mon, May 12, 2014

Hundreds of native languages are still spoken in Latin America, but they are all in danger of being lost. It is vital to collect recordings of native speakers performing oral works of importance to their cultures, as well as everyday speech. However, recording these languages is not enough.


Daniel Perera, Department of Anthropology

Doctoral Student Daniel Perera Receives Beca Anfibia

Mon, Apr 28, 2014

Daniel Perera, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, is the recipient of the spring 2014 Beca Anfibia. The award grants a summer stipend that will allow Perera to travel to his native Guatemala to research a story.


Two Students Receive LLILAS Benson Community Engagement Award

Wed, Apr 23, 2014

LLILAS master’s student Tony Macias and undergrad Latin American Studies major María Ponce are the recipients of the 2014 LLILAS Benson Community Engagement Award. LLILAS Benson staff will present the cash awards to Macias and Ponce at their respective end-of-the-year celebrations.


LLILAS Grad Student Sara McTarnaghan Wins BRASA Award

Mon, Apr 14, 2014

Sara McTarnaghan, a master’s degree candidate at LLILAS pursuing a joint degree in Community and Regional Planning, is a recipient of the prestigious Brazilian Initiative Scholarship Award for 2014, given by the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA)


John W. F. Dulles and Nettie Lee Benson pose with newly arrived archives from Brazil, June 1975.

Brazilian Journalist Uncovers J. W. F. Dulles Interview with Brazil’s João Goulart in Benson Collection

Tue, Apr 8, 2014

In an article for the daily "Folha de São Paulo" published on April 2, 2014, Brazilian journalist Lucas Ferraz reveals the existence of a previously unpublished interview between Latin American historian John W. Foster Dulles and deposed Brazilian president João Belchoir Marques Goulart (aka Jango) dated November 15, 1967.


Vivian Flanzer Wins Award for Best Academic Publication from the American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese

Mon, Apr 7, 2014

Vivian Flanzer, a senior lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of Texas at Austin, and a faculty associate of LLILAS, has been awarded the Best Academic Publication prize from the American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese (AOTP.)


White House Honors Associate Professor Luis Urrieta as César E. Chávez “Champion of Change”

Mon, Mar 31, 2014

LLILAS faculty associate Luis Urrieta Jr. was recognized by the White House on Monday, March 31, 2014, as being one of 10 community leaders who embody the spirit of César E. Chávez’s legacy.


Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Departments of English and Spanish & Portuguese

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith Honored by National Book Critics Circle

Wed, Mar 26, 2014

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Lozano Long faculty affiliate, was honored with the prestigious Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle earlier this month in New York.


Call for Proposals: Beca Anfibia 2014

Fri, Mar 14, 2014

LLILAS Benson invites University of Texas at Austin graduate students to submit proposals for the Beca Anfibia. The competition pairs a student scholar with a journalist from Latin America for collaboration on a piece for the online magazine Anfibia.


Argentine Studies Funding Available to LLILAS Faculty

Thu, Feb 20, 2014

LLILAS Associate and Affiliate Faculty are invited to submit a funding proposal to the Argentine Studies Program.


LLILAS Benson Welcomes Two Visiting Professors

Mon, Jan 27, 2014

LLILAS welcomes its Spring 2014 visiting professors: Celio Bermann, UT-Fulbright Visiting Professor in Environmental Sciences and Policy and Raquel Padilla Ramos, Lozano Long Visiting Professor.


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