Celebrating a Century of the
Benson Latin American Collection
LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections raises awareness of past and current issues affecting Latin America and U.S. Latina/o communities through its world-class collections, globalized higher education, research, international exchange, and public programs.



 This year year, like every year, UT Austin will be very well represented 
at the LASA Congress. Our delegation includes 16 faculty members,
33 graduate students, 2 staff members and more than 20 alumni.
See the list of presentations here.



Paloma Díaz Honored for Twenty Years of Service

Paloma Díaz has recently reached a milestone—20 years of service to the University of Texas at Austin. She arrived at the Institute of Latin American Studies—the world-famous ILAS—in 2001, during the semester when the institute changed its name to LLILAS in honor of a substantial gift from Joe R. and the late Teresa Lozano Long. Read more here.



Jennifer Mailloux Honored for Twenty Years at the University

In her almost twenty years at LLILAS and LLILAs Benson, Jennifer Mailloux has played myriad roles, both behind the scenes and up front. She started out as a receptionist in September 2003. She has at various times held the role of facilities manager and webmaster; she has managed accounts payable:  A “Jennifer of all trades,” she’s known for her ability to troubleshoot and fix things, but also for her creative flair. Learn more here. 




UT Music Ensembles Perform at Central Market

Friday, May 6 | 5:00–9:00pm | Central Market, 4001 North Lamar

Join the fabulous Butler School of Music Conjunto, Hispanic Caribbean, and Middle Eastern ensembles as they take the stage at Central Market North for a free show. Conjunto takes the stage at 5:00, Hispanic Caribbean at 6:15, and Bereket Middle Eastern at 8:00 p.m.



LLILAS Benson is a proud member of Hemispheres, an international outreach consortium that utilizes UT resources to promote and assist with world studies for K-12 and postsecondary schools, businesses, community groups, and the general public. You are invited to these three events organized by Hemispheres. 

Hemispheres Summer Institute: Beyond the Supply Chain: Globalization and Human Rights

June 13-16 | Online 
Teachers and pre-service educators are invited to Hemispheres annual online Summer Institute to explore various aspects of globalization with a focus on human rights. Collectively we will examine ways to find power and inspiration in these stories and how they can be used to engage students in the classroom. Register here.


Critical Literacy for Global Citizens

June 13-16 | Online 

Hemispheres is hosting the fifth annual Critical Literacy for Global Citizens summer institute. This institute is focused on exploring the use of critical literacies and global children’s literature to meet instructional literacy goals and standards (reading, writing, and oral language) in the PK-5 classroom. Register here.

Teaching from the Digital  Archives

June 21-24 |  Online
In this three-and-a-half-day online professional development workshop, educators will learn how to use digital archives for teaching critical thinking and primary source literacy to secondary-education students. In addition, teachers will work together to  brainstorm how to use digital archival materials to enhance lesson plans for secondary ed. Language Arts, Literature, English, and Social Studies classes. Register here.


In Memoriam: Rolando Hinojosa-Smith 

We are saddened to share the news of the passing of our affiliate, Dr. Rolando Hinojosa-Smith (Dept. of English). This moving New York Times obituary explores his legacy and his impact on Chicano literature.  

Congratulations to Laura Gutiérrez 

Professor Laura Gutiérrez (Mexican American & Latina/o Studies) has been elected to the Executive Council of the Latin American Studies Association. Elected representatives assume their responsibilities on June 1, 2022, after LASA’s International Virtual Congress, LASA2022, which will be held May 5–8



Congratulations to Anthony Di Fiore 

LLILAS affiliate Dr. Anthony Di Fiore (Dept. of Anthropology) has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Learn about his work here.


Denise Gilman Discusses Immigration Policy 

Denise Gilman, clinical professor and director of the Immigration Clinic at UT Law School, discusses in this video the legal and political challenges to two key Biden administration immigration policies—Title 42 and the so-called “Remain in Mexico” policy.


We bet you didn't know this about David Stuart

Do you know how Professor David Stuart became interested in Maya Studies? Watch this short video to learn how early in his life he started to contribute to the study of Mayan archaeology.  


"Refusing to Forget" Awarded American History Association Grant

LLILAS affiliates Professors John Morán González and Monica Muñoz Martínez, co-founders of the Refusing to Forget project, have received a grant from the American History Association (AHA). The grant, which is part of a $2.5 million distribution to history-related organizations across the country, is supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.



LLILAS Grad Students Receive Fellowships for Continuing Research

Three students in the LLILAS PhD program have received fellowships to support their continuing research or dissertation writing. Congratulations to Cindia Arango, Mary Morales, and Blanca Azucena Pacheco. Read details.


LLILAS Students Recognized for Outstanding Work, On Campus and Beyond

Valeria Colunga, a Latin American Studies and International Global Relations senior, is a recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Award. LLILAS PhD student Ana López H is recipient of the 2022 Charles Wilson Hackett Memorial Award from the Pan American Round Table of Austin. Read more here.




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