AUSTIN, Texas – Arturo Arias, professor of Spanish and Portuguese, was named Tomás Rivera Regents Professor of Spanish Language and Literature in recognition of his distinction as a scholar, teacher and leader in the fields of Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies, U.S. Latino Studies and Indigenous Studies.
Among his many honors, Arias was named a Hood Fellow at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, the Savage Distinguished Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Oregon, and the Greenleaf Chair Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at Tulane University in 2007. The following year he was awarded the Premio Nacional de Literatura Miguel Angel Asturias by the Guatemalan Ministry of Culture, Guatemala in recognition of his Lifetime Achievement in Fiction.
Arias received a commemorative plaque from College of Liberal Arts Dean Randy Diehl at an investiture ceremony Aug. 29 in Benedict Hall. During the ceremony, Arias presented his current research project, sponsored in part by a Humanities Research Award, titled "Recovering Lost Footprints The Emergence of Contemporary Indigenous Narratives in Abya Yala." Go to this website to learn more about his work.