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.






Congratulations to the LLILAS class of 2022!
We were overjoyed to celebrate graduation in person on May 19, 2022, with Latin American Studies majors and LLILAS doctoral and master's graduates. Read about it, or view the livestream of the LLILAS graduation ceremony here.





LLILAS master's and doctoral graduates pose with Associate Director of Graduate Studies Carlos Ramos-Scharrón and LLILAS Director Adela Pineda Franco





Latin American Studies bachelor's degree graduates with Undergraduate Academic Adviser Freddy Sanchez, LLILAS director Adela Pineda Franco, and Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies Pilar Zazueta


Happy 100th Birthday, Dr. Karl Schmitt!

Professor Emeritus Karl Schmitt, former Associate Director of our institute, as well as a friend and donor, celebrated his 100th birthday earlier this month. We used the opportunity to show our appreciation for his support to our programs and for his vision behind the Hackett Series on Democracy in the Americas.




Bilingual Online Exhibition: Modernity across Mexico and Its Neighbors 

Ongoing | Online

The exhibition, available in Spanish and English, was organized by Professor Lina Del Castillo's "Think Like a Historian" class. Visitar la exhibición en español.



Political Affairs: Brokerage Relationships between State Representatives and Local Politicians in Brazil

Tuesday, May 31 | 3pm (CDT) Online

In this Brazil Center talk, Marta Mendes da Rocha, Univ. Federal de Juiz de Fora and spring 2022 UT-Fulbright visiting professor, addresses the alliances between state representatives and local politicians and ask to what extent theories of brokers developed in comparative politics are adequate to analyze these relationships in Brazil. 


Line in the Land: A Haitian Odyssey

Wednesday, June 8 | 4pm (CDT) Online

Join us for a roundtable discussion with the reporters and producer of the five-episode podcast series "Line in the Land," which focuses on an immigration journey like no other—from the rubble of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, through South America, to Central America, Mexico, and Texas.


Latinx Voices: A Supportive Space for Latinx Students

Tuesdays | 10:00-11:00AM|  GWB 1.138 (Seminar Room)

This group provides a safe and supportive atmosphere in which participants can engage in inviting and authentic discussion around members' experiences as Latinx students on the UT campus. All topics that are relevant to students' experiences can be discussed, such as sociopolitical issues, immigration status or conditions, intersecting identities, academics, and more. Students' privacy will be respected.


Professor Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez Wins Public Voices Fellowship

Prof. Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez (Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese) was awarded the UT Austin's OpEd Project Public Voices Fellowship. The fellowship is part of a national initiative that seeks to accelerate the ideas and public impact of underrepresented thought leaders. Dr. Arroyo-Martínez will produce two op-ed essays throughout the year using her expertise in Afro-diasporic cultures and literatures, Afro-Latinidad, and Caribbean Studies.    

Professor Seth Garfield Has Published a New Book  

Professor Seth Garfield (Dept. of History) has published Guaraná: How Brazil Embraced the World's Most Caffeine-Rich Plan. In this sweeping chronicle of guaraná—a glossy-leaved Amazonian vine packed with more caffeine than any other plant—Garfield develops a wide-ranging approach to the history of Brazil itself.

Professor Carlos Ramos-Scharrón Recognized as Outstanding Professor

LLILAS Associate Director of Graduate Studies Carlos E. Ramos-Scharrón (Geography and the Environment / LLILAS) has received the LLILAS Outstanding Professor Award. This distinction is awarded by LLILAS graduate students.

Professor John Turci-Escobar Receives Teaching Fellowship

Professor John Turci-Escobar of the Butler School of Music is one of four recipients of the 2022-23 Dads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship, the first Butler School professor to win the award in a decade. A professor of music theory, Turci-Escobar's primary areas of interest are the late Italian madrigal, the music of Astor Piazzolla, and Argentine tango.



Ann Schneider Delivered Distinguished Alumna Graduation Address

Ann Schneider (LLILAS MA, 2002) is a historian of Brazil and a specialist on Cold War–era conflicts and the subsequent transitional justice mechanisms utilized throughout Latin America. In this Washington Post article, she explains how her work can be a bridge between those in the university world who research war crimes and federal law enforcement officials who can actually do something about them. Watch her address here.

Christine Sanchez Receives Iliana Salinas Award

LLILAS student Christine Sanchez is a first-generation college student in her third year, majoring in Latin American Studies (LAS) and Anthropology. “The culture of South Texas and my background inspired me to pursue Anthropology and LAS, as they give me the unique tools I need to contribute to the community and research,” said Sanchez. Read about the award honoring the memory of Iliana Salinas.


History PhD Student Receives the Elsa Chaney LASA2022 award

María José Pérez Sián, PhD student in the Department of History, is the recipient of the 2022 Elsa Chaney Award presented by the LASA Gender Studies Section. The award is presented to young scholars who demonstrate, through their written work, signs of brilliant analytical skills and relevant investigative work in the field of gender studies in Latin America and the Caribbean.



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