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NEWS & EVENTS | March 1-12, 2023


March Is Women's History Month

In February 2020, the Lozano Long Conference "Black Women's Intellectual Contributions to the Americas" was held on campus at LLILAS Benson. Read an interview with the conference's two distinguished keynote speakers, Sueli Carneiro and Rosana Paulino. Paulino's art is featured in Social Fabric: Art and Activism in Contemporary Brazil, at the VAC, which closes March 10.



Supporting Spanish-speaking Incarcerated People

LLILAS Director Adela Pineda Franco is interviewed in this episode of the Latinxperts podcast, where she and Sarah Brayne (Population Research Center) discuss their Mellon-funded project Pido la Palabra: A Texas Prison Literature Project for Social Justice and Literary Imagination. Professor Karma Chavez conducts the interview. Listen here

LLILAS Benson Remembers Friend and Alumnus David Wells

LLILAS Benson is saddened to announce the death of friend and LLILAS Benson Advisory Council member David Wells in February. Wells earned his master's in Latin American Studies here in 1997. He is remembered for his kind heart, sharp mind, and talent in the field of communication. Read the tribute here.

Entrevista al Escritor José Zuleta Ortiz

Profesora Adela Pineda Franco, directora de LLILAS, entrevistó al poeta y escritor colombiano José Zuleta Ortiz sobre sus talleres de escritura con personas encarceladas.  Zuleta visitará LLILAS en el otoño para impartir un taller de escritura creativa dentro del marco del proyecto Mellon "Pido la Palabra". Conozcan más de su trabajo en este video.



Nicolas Shumway: "The State of the Humanities in Academia and the Challenges Ahead"

Monday, March 6 | 4:00pm | SRH 1.313

In this timely talk, Nicolas Shumway, former Dean of Liberal Arts at Rice University and former Director of LLILAS, will explore the current status of the humanities and discuss the challenges that confront the field. Event details here.


Screening—Mexico through the Lens of Women Filmmakers: El lado salvaje (The Wild Side) 

Tuesday, March 7 | 3:30pm | DMC 5.102

This is the second in a film series organized by Latino Media Studies, of which LLILAS is a co-sponsor. This 75-minute documentary by Mariana Paredes Peláez tells the story of Ernestina Ramírez, and 82-year-old Track and Field World Champion. More details here

Listening to Nostalgia: Music and Memory in Contemporary Mexican Cinema

Wednesday, March 8 | 3:00pm | SRH 1.313
Jacqueline Avila, Associate Professor of Music, explores the soundscapes and musics used in the films Güeros and Roma, and how each film links to an aural representation of nostalgia and memory. Event details here.



Diane Lima: CLAVIS Permanent Seminar in Latin American Art
Wednesday, March 1 | 10–11:30am | Benson Latin American Collection 2nd floor 

This talk by Brazilian curator and writer Diane Lima is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Social Fabric: Art and Activism in Contemporary Brazil. View event details.

Aline Motta: CLAVIS Permanent Seminar in Latin American Art
Thursday, March 2 | 11am–12:30pm | ART 1.120 

This seminar will offer insights into the creative process of Brazilian filmmaker and visual artist Aline Motta. View event details.

FINAL WEEK: Social Fabric: Art and Activism in Contemporary Brazil
On view through March 10, 2023 | Visual Arts Center (VAC) | Info here

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

The Puerto Rican and Latin American Food Writers Project promotes food writing by Puerto Rican and Latin American writers. 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.

2023 Global Summit on Constitutionalism
March 16-18

The Global Summit on Constitutionalism, hosted by the UT Austin School of Law, showcases ideas in all areas of constitutionalism, to highlight publications in the field, and to engage in rewarding and collaborative intellectual exchange. All are welcome—scholars, jurists, practitioners, and laypersons of all ranks around the world.


LLILAS Welcomes New Affiliates

C. Ondine Chavoya

Dr. C. Ondine Chavoya was appointed John D. Murchison Regents Professor in Art in the Department of Art and Art History in 2023. His research interests include Latinx art, Chicanx Art, Queer Latinx and Latin American Art,  curatorial practice and museum studies, Pop Art in the Americas.

Januibe Tejera de Miranda

French-Brazilian artist Januibe Tejera has been named Assistant Professor of Composition and Director of the UT Electronic Music Studio. His work connects contemporary music with oral music traditions, new technology, and theatrical elements, all with an eye toward music as a multi-sensory experience.


Congratulations to Our Affiliates Who Have Been Promoted

Tracey Flores

Dr. Flores was promoted to Associate Professor of Language & Literacy Studies in the College of Education.

Ruben Parra-Cardona
Dr. Parra-Cardona has been promoted to Professor of Social Work at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work.

Miguel Pinedo

Dr. Pinedo has been promoted to Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Health Education in the College of Education.


Rebecca M. Torres 

Dr. Torres was promoted to Full Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment.

Hannah L. Walker

Dr. Walker was promoted to Associate Professor of Government.



Alumnus Christopher Loperena Publishes New Book

Christopher A. Loperena (MA, Latin American Studies) has published the book The Ends of Paradise: Race, Extraction, and the Struggle for Black Life in Honduras (Stanford). Dr. Loperena is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.  


Alumna Profile: Melissa Macaya

Melissa Macaya is a three-time Emmy-nominated multimedia journalist. She currently serves as a Senior Live News Editor at CNN Digital, where she directs, executes, and oversees live multimedia coverage of political breaking news. She received a BA in Latin American Studies from UT Austin and an MA in Journalism from Georgetown University.


ConTex Fellow Mercedes Alejandra Payán Ramírez Interviewed

Mercedes Alejandra Payán Ramírez of Chihuahua, CI, Mexico, is a doctoral student of ethnomusicology at the UT Butler School of Music and a ConTex doctoral fellow. She is interviewed in February's issue of ConTex Conversations, which focuses on the binational research of fellows in the program. Read the interview.



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 15, 2023, 5 pm CT. Details here.

Tinker Field Research Grants for UT Graduate Students

Eligibility: Graduate student in any department, with priority given to non-ABD doctoral students. Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2023, 11:59pm CST. Details here.

LLILAS Benson Job Openings 

Development Specialist: View job here.

Exhibitions Curator (Assistant Librarian): View job here.


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