News and Events
Thursday, April 13, 2017
The Austin-based band Grupo Fantasma will perform at the fifteenth annual ¡A Viva Voz! celebration of Latina/o arts and culture, which takes place at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection on Thursday, April 15, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Originated by former head librarian Ann Hartness as a way to highlight the library’s US Latina/o...Read More
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Join the Benson Latin American Collection for the opening of Globalocation, an exhibition celebrating 20 years of Artnauts, a Colorado-based Latino artists' collective founded by Dr. George Rivera, art professor at the University of Colorado–Boulder. Artnauts works globally to use art as a tool for connection, activism, and social change. The Benson Collection is the repository for ...Read More
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
A contingent from LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections visited the capital city of Morelia in Michoacán, Mexico, last November to begin work on an Endangered Archives Programme grant awarded by the British Library and funded by Arcadia. The grant will fund the digitization and online publication of 192 deed books, or libros de hijuelas—...Read More
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 to Monday, September 18, 2017
Since the early 1990s, the Mexican Consulate in Austin has collaborated with city government to hold La Fiesta del Grito de Independencia, a public celebration of Mexican Independence Day, otherwise known as El Diez y Seis. The event features Mexican music and dance, complete with the grito de independencia, delivered by the sitting consul general. El Grito is a reenactment of the cry...Read More
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 to Thursday, August 31, 2017
"It's art not as usual, not decorative art, or art for art’s sake, but art making a profound statement about who we are in the world.” — George Rivera
To listen to artist and visionary George Rivera speak about the work of Artnauts Collaborative is to be swept up by the mission and commitment of this group of artists, all of whom have made a commitment...Read More
Monday, April 17, 2017 to Monday, May 15, 2017
Praised by the likes of Octavio Paz and others, Dorothy Schons made impactful gains in the study of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a 17th-century writer, women’s rights advocate, nun, and scholar.
Schons was a faculty member in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of Texas at Austin from 1919 to 1960. As one of the first Sorjuanistas, Schons contributed many articles...Read More
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 to Monday, May 1, 2017
Records of the Alianza de Mesas Redondas Panamericanas (AMRP, Alliance of Pan American Round Tables) will be on display in the main reading room of the Benson Latin American Collection until May 2017. AMRP is a nonprofit women's organization with member Tables at the local, state, and international levels.
Florence Terry Griswold founded the first Pan American Round Table in 1916 in San...Read More