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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.





LLILAS Benson welcomed our Fall 2022 Tinker Visiting Professor

Dr. Sayak Valencia and our Fulbright Visiting Professor Dr. Adilson Cabral 



Megan Scarborough Steps into New Role at UT Foundation Relations

LLILAS Benson Grants Manager Megan Scarborough has accepted the position of Director of Foundation Relations with UT Development. In her nine years at LLILAS Benson, Scarborough developed a grants program that is strategically aligned with LLILAS Benson’s mission to advance socially engaged scholarship, leading efforts to raise more than $9.9 million for local, national, and international interdisciplinary initiatives. Read more. 

Author and Professor Cristina Rivera Garza at the Benson Latin American Collection 
Mexican author and professor Cristina Rivera Garza brought her students from the University of Houston for a visit to the Benson's rare books and manuscripts collection with librarian Adrian Johnson. The showing focused on literary materials, including manuscripts from Gloria Anzaldúa, Julio Cortázar, Nicolás Guillén, and José Revueltas. Among the group was LLILAS alumna Maribel Bello, who is working on her PhD at U of Houston. 

Brazil Center's New Leadership Team
The LLILAS Brazil Center kicks off the fall semester under the leadership of Professor Marcelo Paixão (LLILAS / AADS), along with faculty committee members Jason Borge (Spanish & Portuguese), Seth Garfield (History), Fernando Lara (Architecture), and Adele Nelson (Art & Art History).  

Mexico Center's New Leadership Team 
The LLILAS Mexico Center will be led by Professor Laura Gutiérrez (Mexican American and Latina/o Studies) along with faculty committee members Benjamín Ibarra Sevilla (Architecture), Charles Ramirez Berg (Radio-Television-Film), and Pilar Zazueta (LLILAS).

Argentine Studies Program's New Leadership Team

The LLILAS Argentine Studies Program faculty committee members are Javier Auyero (Sociology), Daniel Fridman (LLILAS / Sociology), and John Turci-Escobar (Butler School of Music).




Reproductive Rights in the Americas: An Historical Perspective

Thursday, Sept. 8 | 4pm (CDT) | Livestream link

This panel will provide historical and academic perspectives on reproductive rights and take stock of achievements as well as challenges that lie ahead. Simultaneous interpretation available. Co-sponsored by the Division of Global Health of Dell Medical School. See details here.


Una Atlántida de Escritoras

Tuesday, Sept. 13 | 4pm (CDT) | SRH 1.208

La escritora y editora mexicana Socorro Venegas ofrecerá una charla sobre el archivo y la serie Vindictas, publicada por UNAM, que rescata la obra de autoras latinoamericanas olvidadas o excluidas del canon. Para mayores detalles, contacten a Paloma Diaz.

NEW EXHIBITION (Blanton Museum of Art)

Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America

August 14, 2022 – January 8, 2023

This exhibition at the Blanton Museum of Art addresses the social roles of textiles and their visual representations in media produced in Bolivia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela in the 1600s and 1700s. Visit the Blanton's exhibition website for more information, and to learn about the series of special events related to the exhition. 



A Blast from the Past: LLILAS @ LASA Barcelona

Each year at the Latin American Studies (LASA) conference, LLILAS hosts a reception for alumni, faculty, staff, and international collaborators attending the LASA Congress. This one took place in Barcelona in 2018 and it was one of our favorite receptions. Click here to recognize our guests.


Puentes Health Summit Convened Experts from U.S., Mexico

Puentes III, held in Puebla, Mexico (Aug. 15-17) brought together six working groups on diabetes, nutrition, maternal health, mental health, health education, and evaluation informatics. Work on these projects is ongoing, with participation by UT Austin, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Indiana University, and Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública. Outgoing LLILAS Mexico Center Chair Ricardo Ainslie played a prominent role in the events. Read more.

Laura Gutiérrez is the recipient of the 2022 COLA Dean's Faculty Mentoring Award

Laura Gutiérrez, Chair of our Mexico Center, has received the inaugural 2022 College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Faculty Mentoring Award. The award was created to honor faculty who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to and excellence in mentoring fellow UT Austin faculty members. Dr. Gutierrez has mentored scholars not only within UT and COLA, but also at other universities and even internationally. 


Marcelo Paixão: Authors Articles on Brazil's General Elections, Recent Interview 

Professor Marcelo Paixão (LLILAS and African & African Diaspora Studies) is authoring a series of articles for revista piauí in anticipation of the upcoming Brazilian general elections. Find his three latest articles at this link. Paixão is also interviewed by Folha de São Paulo about the 10th anniversary of affirmative action legislation in Brazil. Read the interview here.


Raul Madrid Discusses the Struggle for Democracy in Latin America

In this video, Professor Raul Madrid (Dept. of Government) examines the main challenges Latin American countries have faced to developing strong and stable democracies. He argues that democracy in the region has been undermined by weak political institutions, excessive military influence, high levels of inequality, and economic and social underdevelopment. Watch the talk here.



Alumni Twitter List

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Do You Remember the Rare Books Room?

The incoming LLILAS graduate cohort had the opportunity to see firsthand some of the wonderful treasures in the rare books and manuscripts collection at the Benson Latin American Collection.

Call for Submissions: Field Notes Student Photography Exhibition

Call for Submissions: Field Notes Student Photography Exhibition. Open to all UT students. Submit photos to by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022.




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