News and Events
Monday, August 24, 2015 - 11:30am
The Benson Latin American Collection has received the papers of Robert Meckel, whose 25-year career in newspaper journalism included many assignments on the Texas–Mexico border as well as in Mexico itself. An alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin, Meckel was hired by his alma mater in 1995 to work in the Office of Public Affairs, later known as University Communications. He took leave...Read More
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 2:45pm
The University of Texas at Austin is one of six recipients of a Digital Humanities Implementation Grant award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The grant of $215,000 will fund “Reading the First Books: Multilingual, Early-Modern OCR for Primeros Libros,” a project to extend the capabilities of current open-source optical character recognition (OCR) technology for use in the...Read More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 12:45pm
The Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa Papers, 1942–2004, are an archivist’s archive. The papers came to the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection in 2005, the year after the writer’s untimely death at age 61 from complications of diabetes.
A self-described “Chicana, tejana, working-class, dyke-feminist poet, writer-theorist,” Anzaldúa engaged deeply in processes of reflection and self-...Read More
Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 5:00pm to Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 5:00pm
Wood, Paper, String highlights the art and history of the Brazilian popular literary tradition known as cordel. Featuring recent Benson Collection acquisitions, the exhibition explores cordel’s evolution from traditional to contemporary themes and showcases the woodcut illustration that is an iconic visual element of the genre.
Join us for an exhibition...Read More
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 8:00am to Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 5:00pm
A self-described “Chicana, tejana, working-class, dyke-feminist poet, writer-theorist,” Gloria Anzaldúa also saw herself as a nepantlera, one who navigates a liminal space between worlds, identities, and ways of knowing. Just as fluid movement between English, Spanish, and Nahuatl was central to Anzaldúa’s teaching and writing, so too was the interplay between words and images an essential...Read More
On exhibit in the Main Reading Room
Internationally recognized cultural theorist, creative writer, and independent scholar Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa worked in a wide variety of genres, including poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, anthologies, and children's books. One of the first openly lesbian Chicana writers, Anzaldúa played a major role in redefining Chicana/o,...Read More
In conjunction with the April LLILAS Benson event “¡A Viva Voz! Evening of Latin@ Poetry and Spoken Word” and Natinal Poetry Month, currently on exhibit is a collection of materials from various Latina and Latino poets. Two exhibit cases feature poetry manuscripts and other materials of five different writers whose literary papers are held at the Benson Latin American Collection:...Read More