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"Street Protests and Land Use: Theorizing Spatial Inequality in Brazil"
by Professor Fernando Lara, UT School of Architecture

Read it here.


Call for Proposals: Argentine Studies

The Argentine Studies Program of LLILAS welcomes proposals from UT faculty and graduate students for partial funding of initiatives that promote visibility of Argentinian issues on the UT campus. Are you eligible to submit a proposal? Submit by October 21. Learn more here.

Call for Proposals: LLILAS Brazil Center

The LLILAS Brazil Center invites UT faculty and graduate students to apply for partial funding of initiatives that promote visibility of Brazilian issues on the UT campus. Submit by November 2. Read details here.


Call for Applications: Archiving Black América

This joint program from LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship and Archiving Black América is a new initiative to acknowledge and redress the anti-blackness of the archive through digital scholarship praxis. Internship and fellowship opportunities available. Internship info here. Fellowship info here. Apply by November 4.

LLILAS Recruitment: Financial Analyst

The Financial Analyst provides the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) high-level financial management and administrative support to maintain the fiscal integrity of the Institute. Apply here.

LLILAS Recruitment: Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist

The LLILAS Benson Grants and Contracts Specialist works within the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies as the principal manager for all grant programs, including government and private foundation funding, to support Latin American Studies and collections for the LLILAS Benson partnership. Apply here.


FLAS Fellowship Info Sessions Announced

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship is a highly competitive U.S. Department of Education grant that provides graduate and undergraduate fellowships for students to pursue intensive training in modern languages and related area or international studies. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply.

Attend an info session: Thursday, Oct. 20, 4–5:30pm, RLP 1.302B; or Monday, Oct. 25, 4–5:30pm, online (register here). Learn more.



Marina Silva: Progressive "Sustainability" as the Basis for a New Cycle of Prosperity in Brazil 

Friday, Oct. 14 | 4–5pm CDT | Online: Register here

Former Brazilian Minister of the Environment Marina Silva presents the closing keynote for the symposium Brazil at 200: Historical Reflections, Contemporary Challenges. In Portuguese with simultaneous English interpretation. Register (link above) to stream. The event can be viewed in Portuguese only at this link


Exhibition Opening: Influencers: Cordel, Politics, and Activism in Brazil

Friday, Oct. 14 | 5:30–7:30pm | Benson Collection, 2nd floor

Join us for a reception celebrating the opening of a new exhibition of the Benson's extensive collection of Brazilian cordel literature. Food, refreshments, and live music by the Marco Antonio Santos Trio. This is the closing event of the Brazil at 200 symposium. Free and open to the public. Parking available in Manor Garage.

Charla: Alejandro Pelayo Rangel—La generación de la diáspora: Los años 90 y la primera década del siglo XXI del cine mexicano

Jueves 20 de octubre | 2pm CDT | In person & Online
Benson Latin American Collection, 2nd floor

Alejandro Pelayo Rangel es director de cine, productor, guionista y director de la Cineteca Nacional México. Ha ganado diversos premios Ariel, y se destacó por sus cintas Miroslava y Morir en el golfo. M
ás detalles aquí.

Info Session: LLILAS Graduate Program for Prospective Students

Tuesday, October 25 | 3 p.m. | Online

Individuals who are considering to apply to the LLILAS graduate program in Latin American Studies are invited to attend this Fall 2023 information session, presented by Professor Carlos Ramos, Associate Director of Graduate Studies.

Charla: Daniela Rea—Desapariciones en México: tensiones e imaginaciones

Miércoles 26 de octubre | 12–1:15pm | SRH 1.313
In person & Online (CDT)

En el México contemporáneo vivimos dos momentos claves de desapariciones de personas: las cometidas durante las décadas de los 70 y 80, y las cometidas a partir del año 2006. En este encuentro, la periodista Daniela Rea conversará sobre las tensiones entre las desapariciones de antes y las desapariciones actuales.

Workshop: Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

Thursday, Oct. 27 | 4–6pm CDT | Online: Register here

This hands-on, interactive workshop is presented by Dr. Vivian Flanzer, director of the UT Portuguese Language Program and creator of the ClicaBrasil website. Provides foundational tools for learning to use and understand Portuguese in the context of Brazilian culture. Practice speaking Portuguese with the instructor and other students and learn about resources for continuing your learning. Questions? Contact Tiffany Guridy. Free and open to UT and ACC students, faculty, staff.


Virginia Grise & Martha Gonzalez: Riding the Currents of the Wilding Wind

Thursday, Oct. 20 | 7:30pm | Bass Concert Hall Stage

A lecture-performance by artist in residence Virginia Grise, with musical director and collaborator Martha Gonzalez. The two will discuss their project Riding the Currents of the Wilding Wind, inspired by Helena María Viramontes' epic novel Their Dogs Came with Them. Ticket information here.


UT Hosts XVI Meeting of International Historians of Mexico

The XVI Meeting of International Historians of Mexico takes place on the UT campus from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2. Coordinated by a joint committee of U.S. and Mexican historians, the conference is planned to be a dialogue concerning the binational relationship between Mexico and the United States—and more specifically Texas—and about archives. Read a related text by Camila Ordorica, and a newly released interview with Dra. Silvia Arrom.


Genealogías, memoria y escritura: Homenaje a Margo Glantz

Thursday, Nov. 3 | 4–5pm | Benson Collection 2nd floor

Join us for a talk by Margo Glantz, an iconic figure of Mexican letters and author of Las genealogías (The Family Tree). In Spanish without translation. More information here.



Expanding Forms of Immigration Detention and E-carceration

Monday, October 17, 2022, 12:30–2pm CDT  | Registration required

Diaspora Talk: Neighbor-homes: From the Island to Anywhere with Dr. Megan Myers

Wednesday, October 19 | 4pm | Gordon-White Building (GWB), Multi-Purpose Room 2.206



LLILAS Affiliates Receive President’s Award

Desirée Pallais-Downing, assistant professor of instruction at the College of Education, and linguistics professor Patience Epps, have received the President’s Award for Global Learning for their project Enhancing Global Education Initiatives in Literacy Development Through an Understanding of Context. This study addresses language loss in Amazonian communities of Peru, where many of the 47 Indigenous languages are currently at risk of extinction due to isolation.



New LLILAS Affiliate: Desiree Pallais-Downing

Desiree Pallais-Downing is assistant professor of instruction in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She investigates cross-language and cross-cultural aspects of teaching and learning, especially with Spanish-speaking and Latino populations. Her areas of specialty include research and evaluation methods in multilingual settings, second language acquisition, literacy development, and teaching methodologies with prospective bilingual teachers.

New LLILAS Affiliate: Stephanie Leutert

Stephanie Leutert is the director of the Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. She has spent the past 10 years researching and working on issues related to U.S.-Mexico relations, Mexico's migration and security policy, Central American migration and U.S.-Mexico border dynamics. Read her profile in Portal magazine. Welcome back, Stephanie!


Adriana Pacheco Advocates for Scholars, Students, Readers, Writers

In a profile by Texas Global, LLILAS alumna Adriana Pacheco vividly remembers her initial experience at LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections. “I always tell the story that the first time I visited the Benson, I cried,” said Pacheco, recalling that emotional first visit. Pacheco is former chair and current member of The University of Texas at Austin International Board of Advisors. Read the story here.


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