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NEWS & EVENTS | January 5-15, 2023


Welcome back to classes!


IN MEMORIAM - Lawrence Graham 

We are saddened to announce the death of Lawrence Graham, professor emeritus in the Department of Government and Brazilian studies scholar. Graham founded our Brazil Center in 1995, and served as its director until 2000. Read our tribute here.

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.

LLILAS Welcomes Tinker Visiting Professor Daniel Party
Musicologist Daniel Party is professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He will be teaching a graduate seminar at the Butler School of Music. Read more here




Tinker Visiting Professor Lecture: Víctor Jara – Beyond the Martyr

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

In this talk, Tinker Visiting Professor Daniel Party seeks to counteract the tendency to interpret Víctor 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.

Foro Urgente: Post-Electoral Riots or Coup Attempts? Brazil and the US Compared

Thursday, Jan. 19 | 4:00pm  | Online

Kurt Weyland and Sean Theriault (UT Dept. of Government) analyze parallels between the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol and the recent attacks on government buildings in Brazil. Were these just protests gone awry, or was this an organized effort to take power and install the electorally defeated former president? Join the livestreamLearn more here.

Faculty Book Presentation with David Stuart: King and Cosmos

January 25  | 3:00pm | Online

Professor David Stuart presents his book King and Cosmos: An Interpretation of the Aztec Calendar Stone, which focuses on the famous Calendar Stone of Tenochtitlan. Stuart is professor of Mesoamerican art and writing in the Dept. of Art and Art HIstory. David Carballo (Boston University) will serve as discussant.


Save the Date for the 2023 Lozano Long Conference

Feb. 23–24, 2023 | 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.

Social Fabric: Art and Activism in Contemporary Brazil

On view through March 10, 2023 | Visual Arts Center (VAC)

Social Fabric: Art and Activism in Contemporary Brazil brings together the work of ten artists who reflect upon the long-standing histories of oppressive power structures in the territory now known as Brazil.



FLAS Fellowships: Funding for UT Undergraduate and Graduate Students

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship provides graduate and undergraduate fellowships for students to pursue intensive training in modern languages and related area or international studies. (Student must be a US citizen or permanent resident to apply.) Do not miss the opportunity to apply! Deadline: Feb. 1, 2023. Learn more here.

Becas de Viaje para Investigadores Latinoamericanos 

LLILAS Benson tiene el placer de ofrecer apoyo financiero para estancias cortas a investigadores latinoamericanos que deseen consultar consultar las importantes colecciones de manuscritos, libros y otros materiales latinoamericanos que alberga la Colección Benson. Plazo para enviar solicitudes: 28 de febrero, 2023. Detalles aquí.


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.



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.


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 Welcomes New Affiliate

Juana Salcedo-Ortiz, Assistant Professor of Practice, School of Architecture, is an architect and scholar working at the intersection of architecture and urbanism. Her research draws concepts and methods from environmental history, urban political ecology, decolonial studies, and science and technology studies to reconnect architecture and cities with the larger environmental and socio-economic processes that shape them, focusing on Latin America.


Austin American-Statesman Honors Karl Schmitt

At age 100, Professor Emeritus Karl Schmitt is still treasured on the UT campus, despite having retired in 1988. He served as associate director of our institute beginning in 1968. A devoted Latin Americanist, he is a staunch advocate of LLILAS, particularly through his support for the Hackett Lecture series. Read about his incredible life here and in this profile in Portal magazine. 




Alumni Spotlight: Daniel Mora Brito

Since graduating from the LLILAS MA program, Daniel Mora-Brito has held staff, fellow, and consultancy positions at the Pan American Development Foundation, the Organization of American States, the Global Business Coalition for Health, and the United Nations Population Fund. He is currently based in Geneva, Switzerland. Read a recent profile by the RKG Center at the LBJ School.

Alumni Spotlight: Giovanni Batz

Giovanni Batz is Assistant Professor of Chicano Studies at UC Santa Barbara. A native of Guatemala, Batz received his MA in Latin American Studies from LLILAS in 2010 and his PhD in Anthropology in 2017. His research focuses on Maya social movements and resistance, extractivist industries, Guatemala, migration, and forced displacement. Learn more 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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