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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.





There is a new polling place on campus: 

The LBJ School of Public Affairs 

 Early voting ends Friday, November 4.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8.

Learn about your rights at the polls and vote!



Remembering Anne Dibble

"It is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that I share with you the news that Anne Dibble, longstanding Graduate and Academic Coordinator at ILAS and then LLILAS, has passed away. Anne worked passionately and tirelessly throughout her life to support the Latin American Studies community at UT. The Anne Dibble Scholarship has enhanced the educational experience of many LLILAS students throughout the years." — LLILAS Director Adela Pineda Franco (Read the full statement.)

LLILAS Benson Welcomes Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist Aron Muci

Aron Muci will join LLILAS Benson as Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist. He and his family are moving from Kansas, where he is currently serving as the Assistant Director of Kansas University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS). Welcome, Aron!

LLILAS Benson Is Recruiting an Outreach Coordinator

The Outreach Coordinator is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of outreach initiatives for the partnership between the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. Apply here



LLILAS Benson supports the scholarly work of faculty, students, and visiting researchers in the field of Latin American Studies through various types of funded initiatives. Keep track of open calls on our new Calls page.

Call for Proposals for Mexico-Related Events

The LLILAS Mexico Center welcomes requests from UT faculty for partial funding of events that promote Mexico-related issues on the UT campus. Don't miss the deadline: November 22. See the call here.

Call for Nominations- Austin Lecture on Contemporary Mexico

The LLILAS Mexico Center welcomes nominations for the 2023 Austin Lecture on Contemporary Mexico. This series features renowned public intellectuals and artists from Mexico who expand our understanding of contemporary Mexican issues, on topics ranging from arts and business to social justice and democracy.
Deadline: November 22. Learn more here


LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Fellowships

Digital Scholarship fellowships provide a stipend of up to $3,000 for a graduate student (UT or non-UT) to pursue research or teaching interests in Latin American, U.S. Latine, African Diaspora, or Indigenous Studies using data, born-digital sources, or the Benson Latin American Collection’s digitized holdings and digital methods/platforms. Deadline: November 4. This is a remote fellowship. View the call.



Genealogías, Memoria y Escritura: Homenaje a Margo Glantz

3 de noviembre | 4:00pm CDT | Benson 2o piso 

Diálogo con la escritora Margo Glantz y las profesoras Naomi Lindstrom y Adela Pineda Franco. En español y sin traducción simultánea. Co-patrocinado por el Centro de Estudios Jud
íos Schusterman y el Departamento de Español y Portugués. Más información aquí.

Dr. Schuyler Esprit: "From Almanacs to Rhizomes: Caribbean Lives in Code(s) of Relation"

Friday, Nov. 4 | 4:00pm CDT | Online

The Digital Scholarship in the Americas Speaker Series welcomes Dr. Schuyler Esprit, founder of Create Caribbean and Carisealand. Her talk is titled "From Almanacs to Rhizomes: Caribbean Lives in Code(s) of Relation. Register to attend this online event:

Steven Levitsky: The State of Democracy in Latin America

Friday, Nov. 11 | 12:00pm | Texas Union, Santa Rita Room, UNB 3.502

The 2022 Hackett Lecture presents Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies of Harvard University. He is a co-author of the New York Times Best Seller How Democracies Die. This event will not be livestreamed. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. See details here.

Foro Urgente: What Now, Brazil? A Roundtable Analyzing the Brazilian Elections

Tuesday, Nov. 15 | 5:00pm (CST) | Online

Professors Rosental Alves, Wendy Hunter, and Christen Smith will discuss the results of the Brazilian presidential election and assess its impact on issues of equality, environment, foreign policy, and the health of Brazil's democracy. Moderated by Professor Marcelo Paixão.
Read details here.


UT Hispanic Caribbean Ensemble Performs

Wednesday, Nov. 2 | 7:30pm |  Bates Recital Hall

Refashioned: Indigenous Textiles Today (Blanton Museum Speaker Art of the Spanish Americas Series) 

Thursday, Nov. 3 | 5:00pm CDT |  Online (Info here)

Intocable: Tejano/Norteño Legends

Friday, Nov. 11 | 8:00pm | Bass Concert Hall | Ticket info


Cultura Brasil em Austin presents "200 Anos de Independência"

Historia, humor, música e mais | Free, all ages | Learn more here

Saturday, Nov. 5 | 6:00–7:30pm | Westover Hills Church of Christ, 8322 Mesa Drive, Austin

Reservation required here 


New LLILAS Affiliate: Jacqueline Avila

Jacqueline Avila is Associate Professor of Musicology at the Butler School of Music. She specializes in film music studies, sound studies, and the intersections of identity, tradition, and modernity in the musical cultures and new media of Mexico, Latin America, and the Latinx community in the United States


Marcelo Paixão's Latest Op-Ed on the Brazilian Elections

In anticipation of this weekend's presidential runoff in Brazil, read the latest opinion piece from  Professor Marcelo Paixão, LLILAS Brazil Center Chair and faculty at LLILAS and the African and African Diaspora Studies Department.



Beca Anfibia Recipient Publishes in Revista Anfibia

Ashley Garcia, LLILAS alumna and a current graduate student in the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, received our Beca Anfibia last summer to research the impact of the draught in Monterrey.  Garcia has published a crónica detailing her findings in Revista Anfibia. Read "Cuando las ríos se quedan sin agua."

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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