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NEWS & EVENTS | March 20-31, 2023



The 21st annual ¡A Viva Voz! Celebration of Latina/o/x Arts and Culture features a conversation with Chicana/Tejana artist Santa Barraza. This special evening at the Benson Latin American Collection will feature music by Chulita Vinyl Club, light food and refreshments, and a new exhibition, Legacies of Nepantla: Artists Affirming Identity and Existence. Learn more.

Four Latin American Scholars Receive Estancias Cortas Awards 
Austin LLILAS Benson will has awarded travel grants to four scholars to conduct research in the Benson Latin American Collection this summer. The awardees are Alexander Betancourt (Univ. Autónoma de San Luis Potosí), Citlali Quecha Reyna (UNAM), Brenda Rupar (Univ. Nacional de Quilmes), and Elena Salamanca (Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen). Learn more here.

UT Mexicanists Meet with LLILAS Director

UT Austin has some 90 faculty—affiliates of LLILAS—whose work focuses largely or in part on Mexico. LLILAS Director Adela Pineda recently met with a group of UT Mexicanist faculty to discuss our Mexico-related scholarly programs. Several such programs are upcoming, such as the visit of former Mexican ambassador to the U.S. Martha Bárcena Coqui to discuss 2024 elections. Visit the LLILAS Events page to learn more.


Announcing Fall 2023 Tinker Visiting Professors

Víctor Zúñiga González

Víctor Zúñiga is professor of sociology at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Derecho y Criminología. His current projects relate to child migrants circulating between the United States and Mexico, new destinations of Mexicans immigrants in the U.S., and contemporary return migration from the United States to Mexico. He will teach a graduate seminar on child migration between the U.S., Mexico, and Central America.

Sueli Carneiro

Aparecida Sueli Carneiro Jacoel, best known as Sueli Carneiro, is an Afro-Brazilian philosopher, anti-racism activist, and a leading author on Black feminism in Brazil. She is the founder  director of Geledés—Instituto da Mulher Negra. She holds a doctorate in education from the University of São Paulo. Carneiro became active in the Black feminist movement in Brazil in the late 1970s. She will teach a graduate seminar on Black feminist epistemologies.



Roundtable: Amazonia: Social-Environmental Sustainability at a Crossroads

Tuesday, March 21 | 4:00pm | RLP 1.302B

Deforestation and climate change are threatening the Amazon. Will Amazonia and its Indigenous peoples recover from these threats? The LLILAS Brazil Center and the Department of Geography and the Environment present an in-person roundtable to explore these issues.

Challenges for Universal Health-Care Protection in Mexico

Thursday, March 23 | 9:00am CDT|  Online

Julio José Frenk Mora, former Secretary of Health of Mexico (2002–2006) and current President of the University of Miami, will discuss the Mexican health-care system. See more information here.

Book Presentation: “Migration Between Mexico and the United States”

Monday, March 27 | 2:00pm | GWB 2.206

Co-editors Agustín Escobar Latapí (CIESAS México) and Claudia Masferrer (El Colegio de México) will discuss their new book, Migration between Mexico and the United  States. Professor David Leal (Government, Latina/o Studies) will participate as commentator. Details here.


Play: "Paulo Freire, o andarilho da utopia"

Tuesday, March 28 | 4:45pm CDT | Online
The LLILAS Brazil Center will host a performance, via livestream, of the theatrical work Paulo Freire, o anarilho da utopia. This event will be in Portuguese without interpretation. Details here. Livestream link will be available during the event: here.

Unraveling Mexico City, A Conversation
Friday, March 31 | 12:00pm | Texas Governor's Room, UNB 3.116

"Todas las ciudades tienen una historia. México una novela." Join us for a conversation between author and professor Pedro Palou (México, la novela) and Professor of Architecture Juan Miró on the place and significance of Mexico City across centuries, and through the intersections of literature and architecture.


SAVE THE DATE: Her Excellency Martha Bárcena Coqui, Former Mexican Ambassador to the United States
Wednesday, April 5 | 4:00pm | Benson Latin American Collection, 2nd floor

Her Excellency Martha Bárcena Coqui will discuss the 2024 presidential election cycle in the U.S. and Mexico, and the future of relations between the two countries. Free and open to the public. More information here.


Cine Debate Film Series, Part I: Resistencias en las Américas / Resistances across the Americas 
Monday, March 20 | 6:00pm | CMB 4.122. 2504 Whitis Ave.

This series, organized by a LLILAS MA student, showcases three short films and invites conversation about their themes with the directors. Part I screens Comadre (18 min.) by Nicole Chi. Information here. Livestream link and more info here.

L-MAS Film Series Screens Negra 
Tuesday, March 21 | 3:30pm | DMC 5.102

Negra (dir. Medhin Tewolde Serrano, 2020) asks, "What does it mean to live in Mexico as an Afro-descendant woman?" Five stories explore racism, resistance, and self-acceptance. Register here.

Water, Ancestral Knowledge, and the Chilean Constitution
Tuesday, March 21 | 4:00pm | TNH 2.111

Legal scholar Dr. Amaya Alvez discusses constitutional reform, Indigenous rights, and resource governance. See details.

Sara Curruchich in Concert
Tuesday, March 21 | 6:30pm | Jessen Auditorium, 201 W 21st St

Attend a special performance by Mayan Kaqchikel singer Sara Curruchich. This in-person concert free and open to the public. Reservations optional, available here.

Cine Debate, Part II: Resistencias en las Américas / Resistances across the Americas
Friday, March 24 | 6:00pm CDT | CMB 4.122, 2504 Whitis Ave.

Part II of this mini film series features the short films Afrografias (dir. Denise Braz) and Ocupação [Incursion] (dir. Diego Jesus and Diego Alves). Watch the films and talk with the directors.  Register for livestream at More info here.

Puerto Rican and Latin American Food Writers Project
Sessions in March and April | Register at

Workshops help participants develop a project, obtaining feedback and guidance at each step. Sign up and learn four ways to tell food stories with guidance from food media specialists.

Save the Date: Hispanic Caribbean Ensemble in Concert 
Wednesday, April 5 | 7:30pm | Bates Recital Hall, Butler School of Music

Free concert by the UT Austin Hispanic Caribbean Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Robin Moore.


In Memoriam: Professor Pat Somers 

It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Patricia (Pat) Somers, Associate Professor, Dept. of Educational Leadership and Policy. As one of our affiliated faculty, Pat participated in a variety of activities of the LLILAS Brazil Center. She was always kind and engaging during her visits to LLILAS and in her collaborations with us. Several years ago, Pat was interviewed about her involvement with the faculty exchange program at Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS). You can view the interview here.


Adela Pineda in the COLA-verse with Frederick Luis Aldama

Professor Frederick Luis Aldama interviews LLILAS Director, Professor Adela Pineda for an episode of the podcast Inside the COLA-verse (COLA = College of Liberal Arts). In this episode, the two discuss Pineda's origin story and what events led her to her field. They also discuss visual technologies, film, literature, and the Mexican Revolution. Listen to the interview.

Enrique Rodríguez-Alegría Publishes New Book

Enrique Rodríguez-Alegría (Anthropology) is the author of How to Make a New Spain: The Material Worlds of Colonial Mexico (Oxford, 2023). The book "draws on a combination of sources and methodologies" to present an "unprecedented view of the material worlds of Mexico City in the sixteenth century." 


Call for Submissions: LLILAS Benson Community Engagement Award 
The Community Engagement Award recognizes outstanding LLILAS students (undergrad and grad) who demonstrate a commitment to community service, either in the United States or in Latin America, through a strong record of volunteerism and/or activism with one or more community organizations. Deadline: Sunday, April 1, 2023, by 5:00 pm. For more information, please contact Paola Bueché, Public Engagement Coordinator. 


Ruth H. Matamoros Mercado 

Congratulations to LLILAS MA alumna and PhD candidate Ruth H. Matamoros Mercado on winning a tenure-track job as Assistant Professor of Indigenous Geographies in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Matamoros, an Indigenous Miskitu scholar from Nicaragua, was interviewed about her path in academia here. On Wednesday, March 22, she will participate in "A Dialogue on Miskitu People's Cosmovision and Its Social and Environmental Implications," an online conversation sponsored by the American Philosophical Society, where she is a fellow.


Rosario Rizzo Lara 

Congratulations to LLILAS alumna Rosario Rizzo Lara, who has been appointed Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). RIzzo Lara (LLILAS MA 2012) is currently an Early Stage Researcher and Marie Curie Fellow at Freie Universität Berlin, where she completed a PhD in migration studies.  



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.




MSI and Community College Faculty Research Travel Fellowships 

Deadline: Tuesday, March 30, 2023, 5:00 pm CDT. Details here.

E.D. Farmer International Fellowships

Deadline: Tuesday, March 30, 2023, 11:59pm CDT. Details here.



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