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NEWS & EVENTS | January 5-15, 2023


THE WORLD SAID GOODBYE to "o Rei do Futebol," Pelé, who was laid to rest in Santos, São Paulo, on Tuesday, January 3. Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento on October 23, 1940, the beloved sports hero died on December 29, 2022, at age 82. His jersey, number 10, will be retired from the Santos Futebol Club team. 

(Source: Manchete, Nov. 8, 1969. Courtesy Benson Latin American Collection)


We are recruiting. Join our team!

Academic Program Coordinator


This staff member coordinates programs for visiting scholars to the Benson Latin American Collection and manages undergraduate and graduate course scheduling for the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS). Apply here.


Administrative Associate

This staff member provides professional, comprehensive administrative support to the director of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and manages the organization's operations/facilities functions, with the highest standards of excellence, accuracy, and timeliness. Apply here.

Visiting Scholar Spotlight: Hudson Lima

Hudson Lima, a musicologist and LLILAS visiting researcher from Rio de Janeiro, spent a 14 months at UT Austin conducting primary-source research for his dissertation. A PhD candidate at Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Lima is researching racial segregation in Brazilian classical music. While at UT, he took seminars at the Butler School of Music and performed with the UT Symphony Orchestra and chamber groups. He will be the first Black Brazilian doctor, musicologist and professional cellist.



Faculty Course Release Program 

LLILAS offers our affiliated faculty the opportunity to engage in research and/or creative intellectual projects, by offering two-course releases for either the fall or spring semester. Visit this link and search Active Calls to learn more.



Archiving Black América Black Diaspora Archive Acquisitions Award 

This award provides UT Austin and Huston-Tillotson University community members engaged in research and/or community development work with supplemental travel funding to develop archival collections documenting Black life in the Americas. Read all details at ABA-BDA Acquisitions Award.


Mellon Faculty Research Grants

An endowment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provides funding for faculty to carry out summer research on topics focusing on Latin America. Visit this link and see Active Calls to learn more.

Visiting Resource Professor (VRP) Program

The LLILAS VRP aims to enhance the international community of scholars working on Latin American topics; establish and strengthen contacts between Latin American institutions of higher learning and UT Austin; and provide visiting scholars with access to research resources, including UT Libraries collections. See Active Calls at this link.



Save the Date: Víctor Jara – Beyond the Martyr

Tuesday, Jan. 17 | 2:00pm  | SRH 1.313 

This presentation by Tinker Visiting Professor Daniel Party is part of a book-length project that seeks to counteract the tendency to interpret Jara’s life and works from the perspective of his death, focusing instead on the multi-dimensional nature of his artistic pursuits and achievements. Learn more here.

Save the Date for the 2023 Lozano Long Conference

Feb. 23–24, 2023 | East Woods Room, UNB 2.102 

The 2023 Lozano Long Conference, "A Water-Centered Perspective on Latin America & the Caribbean," explores the central role water has played and still plays in the evolution of the human/nature-other-than-humans nexus from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. Learn more here.


Funding Available to Attend LASA Congress

LLILAS will offer partial travel grants to faculty affiliates who are presenting in person during the upcoming congress, held May 24-27, 2023, in Vancouver, BC. If your proposal for the LASA2023 Congress is accepted, we invite you to submit a travel funding request by midnight CST, January 21, 2023. View request form.

LLILAS Welcome New Affiliate

Professor Roberto F. Carlos is an assistant professor of government. His research focuses on the Latinx immigrant experience broadly. He is currently researching how Latinx immigrants and their children incorporate politically and how political institutions and the American public react to their attempts to create a place for themselves in the United States.


Honoring the Contributions of Two Affiliates

Two outstanding Latin Americanists are retiring this academic year. We thank them for many years of dedicated service and their contributions to the field of Latin American Studies and to our UT community.

Bill Doolittle, Department of Geography and the Environment
Professor William E. Doolittle served as undergraduate adviser, graduate adviser (receiving UT's Outstanding Graduate Adviser Award in 2004), and department chair. His research interests include landscapes, histories, and agricultural technologies in arid lands, particularly the American Southwest and Mexico. He has authored more than 70 publications, including four books. 

Virginia Garrard, Departments of History and Religious Studies
Professor Virginia Garrard is a historian whose areas of expertise include historic memory and human rights, contemporary Central America, religious movements, archives, and digital humanities. She served as director of LLILAS Benson from 2016 to 2020 and is a longstanding mbmer of the LLILAS Benson community. Her most recent book is Faces of God in Latin America: Emerging Forms of Vernacular Christianity (2020). News story forthcoming.




Alumni Spotlight: Tommy Ward

LLILAS alumnus Thomas Ward earned his BA in Latin American Studies in 2002. He has worked in International Education for over 18 years, and today he is the Director of UT Education Abroad Programs. Ward studied abroad in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, during college. He is a member of the popular Austin forró band Seu Jacinto.

Alumni Spotlight: Kellee Wicker

Kellee Wicker received her MA in Latin American Studies in 2012 and today she serves as Director of the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Wilson Center. Learn more about her professional journey here.


We Want to Connect with Our Alumni

If you completed your BA, MA or PhD at LLILAS, we invite you to stay in touch via the LLILAS alumni LinkedIn group and the Facebook Alumni Group.

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