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NEWS & EVENTS | February 15-28, 2023


The Annual Lozano Long Conference is back and in person! 

A Water-Centered Perspective on Latin America and the Caribbean
Thursday, February 23 – Friday, February 24

Conference page | News story


Mabel Moraña, Léo Heller, and Bertha Zúñiga Cáceres to Present Keynotes at Lozano Long Conference
The 2023 Lozano Long Conference, "A Water-Centered Perspective on Latin America and the Caribbean," taking place Thursday–Friday, Feb. 23–24, will feature keynotes that address diverse issues related to water. Read about the keynote speakers and panelists. Click here to view the conference schedule. Location: UNB 2.102. 

All events are free and open to the public.

LLILAS Benson Welcomes New Colleagues

Paola Bueché, Public Engagement Coordinator
Paola Bueché is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has lived in Austin since 2002. She’s shared some fun facts about herself: “My daughter keeps a list of words I can’t pronounce properly in her iPhone notes. I love reading and I always carry a book inside my purse. Argentina is the current World Cup Champion and I lost my voice shouting during the final game.” 


Edith Flores, Academic Program Coordinator 
Edith Flores coordinates LLILAS Benson visiting academic programs as well as undergraduate and graduate course scheduling and undergraduate scholarships. She has an MA in Public Administration from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Until recently, Edith served as Diversity Coordinator and Academic Adviser at South Texas College. She moved to Austin in January 2023.


LLILAS Benson Advisory Council Elects New Leadership

Marianne Scott Dwight, Incoming Chair

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Marianne Scott Dwight as new Chair of the LLILAS Benson Advisory Council (2023-2026). A native of South Texas, she is a licensed attorney who has worked in both the public and private sectors on issues related to healthcare, housing, financial transactions, and the creation of financing mechanisms to support water projects in Texas.

Learn more about the LLILAS Benson Advisory Council here.


Leo Muñoz, Incoming Vice Chair
Leo Muñoz is Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and Executive Director of Federal Governmental Affairs at Comcast. He will serve as the Vice Chair (as well as Chair-elect) of the LLILAS Benson Advisory Council. He has over 20 years of experience in politics, public policy, and campaigns.



Faculty Book Presentation: Guaraná: How Brazil Embraced the World's Most Caffeine-Rich Plant 

Thursday, Feb. 16 | 3:00pm | SRH 1.313

In this sweeping chronicle of guaraná—a glossy-leaved Amazonian vine packed with more caffeine than any other plant—Professor of History Seth Garfield develops a wide-ranging approach to the history of Brazil itself. This book is already garnering attention and critical praise. Event details here.
2023 Lozano Long Conference Promises Array of Perspectives on Water in Latin America and the Caribbean

Thursday–Friday, Feb. 23–24 | Eastwoods 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. Read the news story.

New Faculty Presentation: Professor Roberto Carlos, Dept. of Government 

Monday, Feb. 27 | 3:00pm | SRH 1.313
Assistant Professor Roberto Carlos will present a talk titled "How the Trump Administration's Quota Policy Transformed Immigration Judging." He argues that while presidents are generally ill-equipped to generate decision-making responsiveness among immigration judges, 2018’s quota policy serves as a powerful exception. Immigration attorney Barbara Hines participates as discussant.



Extending the Green Wave: Lessons from Reproductive Justice Movements in Latin America
Saturday, Feb. 18 | 4:00–5:00pm CST | Online 

This panel will be held on Zoom, with a viewing room available on the Texas Law Campus. Simultaneous English and Spanish interpretation. Register to receive the Zoom link HERE.

Bridges over the Abyss: A Conversation with Diane Lima and Aline Motta
Tuesday, Feb. 28  | 3:00pm  | ART 1.102

Brazilian curator Diane Lima and Brazilian artist Aline Motta discuss their respective practices and how their careers and research have become intertwined over the last few years.

Exhibition: Social Fabric: Art and Activism in Contemporary Brazil
On view through March 10, 2023 | Visual Arts Center (VAC) | Info here

Diane Lima: CLAVIS Permanent Seminar in Latin American Art
Wednesday, March 1 | 10–11:30am | Benson Latin American Collection 2nd floor 

This talk by Brazilian curator and writer Diane Lima is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Social Fabric: Art and Activism in Contemporary Brazil. View event details.

Aline Motta: CLAVIS Permanent Seminar in Latin American Art
Thursday, March 2 | 11am–12:30pm | ART 1.120 

This seminar will offer insights into the creative process of Brazilian filmmaker and visual artist Aline Motta. View event details.


2023 Global Summit on Constitutionalism
March 16-18

The Global Summit on Constitutionalism, hosted by the UT Austin School of Law, showcases ideas in all areas of constitutionalism, to highlight publications in the field, and to engage in rewarding and collaborative intellectual exchange. All are welcome—scholars, jurists, practitioners, and laypersons of all ranks around the world.


Vivian Flanzer
Dr. Flanzer, Professor of Instruction & Portuguese Language Program Director, was recently elected as Secretary of the American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese (AOTP), and appointed as editor of the Portuguese Language Journal, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to current research on the teaching and learning of Portuguese.  

Gabriela Polit

Gabriela Polit, Profesora del Depto. de Español y Portugués, discute paralelos en las trayectorias de dos importantes críticas literarias que fallecieron recientemente: Sylvia Molloy y Jean Franco. En este artículo Polit reflexiona sobre el legado e impacto que ambas tuvieron en los campos de estudios latinoamericanos y estudios de género. 

Luis Zayas

Professor Luis Zayas (School of Social Work) has  published the book Through Iceboxes and Kennels: How Immigration Detention Harms Children and Families (Oxford). Zayas explains the increase in asylum-seeking migration from Central America in the past two decades, and describes the psychological and social effects on children's development and mental health.

LLILAS affiliates Co-Author Article in Hydrology

Congratulations to LLILAS professor Carlos Ramos-Scharrón (Geography & the Environment) and co-authors Eugenio Arima, a LLILAS faculty affiliate also in Geography; Geography PhD student Francis Russell; and José Javier Hernández Ayala (Sonoma State) on the publication of the article "Preliminary Analyses of the Hydro-Meteorological Characteristics of Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico."


MSI and Community College Faculty Research Travel Fellowships 

Deadline: Tuesday, March 15, 2023, 5 pm CT. Details here.

Becas de Viaje para Investigadores Latinoamericanos

Plazo para enviar solicitudes: martes 28 de febrero, 2023. Detalles aquí.

Mellon Faculty Research Grants

Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023, 12 pm CST. Details here.
Tinker Field Research Grants for UT Graduate Students

Eligibility: Graduate student in any department, with priority given to non-ABD doctoral students. Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2023, 11:59pm CST. Details here.

LLILAS Benson Job Openings 

Development Specialist: View job here.

Exhibitions Curator (Assistant Librarian): View job here.



Pablo Millalen Discusses Land Rights in Chile

LLILAS doctoral candidate Pablo Millalen was interviewed for an article in the Finnish press titled "Conflict that started in the 16th century is still smoldering in southern Chile." The article deals with the region of Araucanía. Read it here.


Alumna Profile: Angela Stuesse

Angela Stuesse is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She received a MA in Latin American Studies and a PhD in Anthropology from UT Austin. She is broadly interested in social inequality, and her research and teaching interests include neoliberal globalization, migration, race, labor, human rights, and methodologies of activist research.

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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