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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.





We are thrilled to welcome the 2022

LLILAS graduate student cohort to campus!


LLILAS Benson Receives $2.1 Million Department of Education Grant
We are proud to announce that LLILAS Benson been awarded Comprehensive National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The total award is $2.18 million for the 2022–2026 cycle. This includes over $1 million each for NRC activities and FLAS fellowships. Read more here.

Announcing Incoming Chairs of the LLILAS Mexico and Brazil Centers

Professor Laura Gutiérrez will take over leadership at the Mexico Center and Professor Marcelo Paixão will take the reins at the Brazil Center. Dr. Paixão is associate professor at LLILAS and the African and African Diaspora Studies Department and Dr. Gutiérrez is associate professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies. Read more


Our Deep Gratitude to Outgoing Chairs of the Mexico and Brazil Centers

We extend our appreciation to Professor Ricardo Ainslie (Mexico Center) and Professor Seth Garfield (Brazil Center) for their outstanding leadership. “I consider myself lucky to be in the presence of such stellar colleagues, and I extend to each of them my sincere gratitude for their willingness to share their time, energy, and expertise in the important work of the area centers at LLILAS,” said LLILAS Director Adela Pineda Franco. Read more.

LLILAS Welcomes Fall 2022 Visiting Professors

Tinker Visiting Professor Sayak Valencia is a professor and researcher in the Departamento de Estudios Culturales at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte /CONACYT in Tijuana-México. Adilson Cabral, the UT-Fulbright Chair in Brazilian Studies, is a professor of Social Communication at Universidade Fluminense in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro. Learn more about their work.


Will New Leftist Governments in Latin America Lead to New Communication Policies?

Wednesday, Aug . 31 | 12pm (CDT) | SRH 1.313

Livestream link

Adilson Cabral, UT-Fulbright Chair in Brazilian Studies, will discuss how the election of new leftist governments may lead to an upsurge of democratic communication policies. Event offered in person and online. Learn more on Facebook or the LLILAS Events page.


NEW EXHIBITION (Blanton Museum of Art)

Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America

August 14, 2022 – January 8, 2023

This exhibition at the Blanton Museum of Art addresses the social roles of textiles and their visual representations in media produced in Bolivia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela in the 1600s and 1700s. Visit the Blanton's exhibition website for more information.  



Salman Rushdie Keynote Address

As we send our most heartfelt well wishes to Salman Rushdie, we recall his vibrant keynote address at the symposium “Gabriel García Márquez: His Life and Legacy,” co-sponsored by LLILAS Benson, which took place Oct. 28-30, 2015, on the occasion of the opening of the García Márquez Papers at the Harry Ransom Center. Watch his keynote address here.  


Mónica Jiménez Discusses the Legal History of Puerto Rico

Assistant Professor Mónica A. Jiménez (African and African Diaspora Studies Dept.) talks about how law and race have shaped the identity and history of Puerto Rico. A poet and historian, Dr. Jiménez is also a LLILAS alumna. Watch the video.


A New Book from Fernando Lara 

Professor Fernando Luiz Lara (School of Architecture) is co-author with Ana Paula Koury of Street Matters: A Critical History of Urban Policy in Brazil (Pittsburgh, 2022). The book links urban policy and planning with street protests in Brazil.


Gabriela Polit Celebra a Sylvia Molloy 

Gabriela Polit Dueñas (Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese) se despide de la recién fallecida escritora argentina Sylvia Molloy. Lea "Toda muerte es un pollo crudo" en Revista Anfibia. 





Alumna Elizabeth O'Brien to Moderate Upcoming Reproductive Rights Panel 

LLILAS alumna Elizabeth O'Brien will join us as a moderator for the panel Reproductive Rights in the Americas on Sept. 8. An assistant professor of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, O'Brien studies medical practices in colonial and post-colonial Mexico and Latin America and the history of ideas about race and indigeneity in medicine.

We are proud to announce three successfully defended

dissertations and three new "doctoras"!

Nathalia P. Hernández Ochoa, PhD

Dr. Hernández Ochoa's dissertation is titled “Curanderas: Maya Women Resisting Violence through Theater That Heals in Guatemala.” She has accepted a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, where she will be teaching and working on a book manuscript.

Blanca Azucena Pacheco, PhD

Dr. Pacheco's dissertation is titled “Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism and Public Health: Xinka Medicine as a Practice of Resurgence in Southeastern Guatemala.” She has accepted a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Denver School of Social Work, where she will work for the Our Stories, Our Medicine project, a community-based archive that documents Indigenous medicine practices in the Denver area.

Montserrat Valdivia Ramírez, PhD

Dr. Valdivia Ramírez's dissertation is titled “‘Hay cipotes que solo matar saben’: Adolescent Central American Asylum Seekers in Mexico Fleeing Gangs.” She will be Head of Zone Center-West for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Mexico.




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