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The Institute of Latin American Studies
Widely regarded as the best Latin American studies program in the country, the Institute of Latin American Studies is the largest and oldest of the University's interdisciplinary programs. Established in 1940, the institute coordinates an extensive instructional program dealing with Latin American civilization and development at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and supports research on Latin American topics by faculty members and graduate students. Courses related to Latin American studies are offered in the College of Liberal Arts in the Departments of Anthropology, Economics, Government, History, Sociology, and Spanish and Portuguese. Graduate joint degree programs with Latin American studies are offered in the College of Business Administration, the College of Communication, the Community and Regional Planning Program of the School of Architecture, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and the School of Law. There is also important Latin American work being done in the Population Research Center, the Center for Mexican American Studies, and the Benson Latin American Collection. Latin American research occupies a significant place in several other colleges, particularly in the areas of fine arts, library and information science, education, law, and architecture.
The institute has formal relationships with many institutions in Central and South America. Student exchange programs have been developed with the University of Costa Rica, San José, and Monteverde Institute, Monteverde, Costa Rica; Monterrey Institute of Technology (26 campuses) and the University of Nuevo León, Monterrey, Mexico; The Ibero-American University and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico; University of the Americas, Puebla, Mexico; and Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima, Peru. The institute also has agreements with the University of Buenos Aires, Instituto di Tella, Salvador University, and the Latin American Faculty for the Social Sciences, Buenos Aires, Argentina; University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; University of Chile and Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago and Valparaiso, Chile; Catholic University 'Mother and Teacher,' Santiago, Dominican Republic; and Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador.
Throughout the year the institute sponsors symposia and lectures by visiting and resident specialists, maintains a substantial publications program, including a book series copublished with the University of Texas Press, coordinates outreach for kindergarten through grade twelve, and offers public service activities to foster greater knowledge of Latin America around the state and the nation.
In 1997 the institute became home to the Center for Environmental Resource Management (CERMLA), which will incorporate all departments, programs, and faculty members involved in teaching, research, and service in areas related to environmental management in Latin America. Its primary functions are outreach, education, and research.
The institute also houses the Mexican Center, an office dedicated to developing and coordinating the extensive academic programs and activities focused on Mexico and carried out by University faculty members, students, and visiting Mexican scholars. The Mexican Center regularly organizes binational academic conferences on a variety of themes. Through its C. B. Smith fellowship program, the center offers a limited number of travel scholarships for Mexican scholars to take advantage of the institute's library resources.
Another division of the institute is the Brazil Center, which coordinates the work of Brazilianist faculty and students on campus and links the University to institutions of higher education in Brazil. The division also sponsors visiting lecturers, film festivals, workshops, and symposia focusing on Brazil and sponsors an annual Brazil Week.
The institute houses the University of Texas at Austin Latin American Network Information Center (UT-LANIC) at http://lanic.utexas.edu/. LANIC's primary objectives are to facilitate access to databases and information services throughout the Internet and to help Latin American studies scholars around the world access information on and from the region. LANIC is the official registration site for Latin American studies at the World Wide Web Virtual Library. Since going online in 1992, LANIC has remained the most comprehensive and frequently used information system for Latin American studies on the Internet. Services include directories of resources, hosted databases and publications, joint projects, and electronic publications.
Located in Sid Richardson Hall, the institute is in the same building as the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, one of the most comprehensive holdings of its kind in the world. Substantial demographic data pertaining to Latin America are found in the Population Research Center, while other supplementary information resources are located in the Perry-Castañeda Library and the Tarlton Law Library. The University's holdings of modern Latin American art are outstanding, and the Photography Collection also contains photographic documentation of relevance to Latin Americanists.
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