News and Events
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—handwritten records...Read More
Friday, January 6, 2017 to Thursday, June 1, 2017Read More
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 to Monday, May 15, 2017
The opening of the Ernesto Cardenal Papers at the Benson Latin American Collection was celebrated on November 15, 2016, with a poetry reading by the Nicaraguan luminary himself, preceded by a panel discussion among scholars of literature, religion, and political science. But although the “main event” has come and gone, the presence of Cardenal’s rich and multifaceted archive at The University of Texas at Austin...Read More
Monday, December 5, 2016 to Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Latin America’s 19th Century: Reflections on Modernity, Memory, and Identity is an exhibition conceived and curated by students in Lina del Castillo’s Latin America in the 19th Century class. Del Castillo is assistant professor at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and the Department of History at The University of Texas at Austin.
Designed for viewers of high school...Read More
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections presents its signature event of the fall semester, "Ernesto Cardenal in Word and Action: Poetry, Politics, and Priesthood in 20th-Century Nicaragua.”
The event celebrates the opening of the archive of Nicaraguan poet, priest, and political activist Ernesto Cardenal at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at The University...Read More
Monday, October 10, 2016
JOIN US: Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 4 p.m. for "Ernesto Cardenal in Word and Action: Poetry, Politics, and Priesthood in 20th-Century Nicaragua." Event held at the Benson Latin American Collection. Free and open to the public. Public parking at Manor Garage or on Dean Keeton and Red River Streets.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 to Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Two students received awards for their photography in the LLILAS Benson student photography exhibition this fall. Giovana Sanchez, a master's student in Latin American studies and journalism, earned a prize for "Mangaba e mel," a photo she took while visiting São Paulo for research. Jesse (Jesús) Nazario, an undergraduate student in journalism and International Relations and Global Studies, won for "By-products...Read More
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
A decade after the University of Texas Libraries entered into a project with Google to digitize over a half million books from the stacks of the Benson Latin American Collection, a trove of treasures related to Latin America is now accessible online.
Those volumes related to Latin American culture and history have been added to the HathiTrust Digital Library to be fully searchable online across the globe...Read More
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 to Monday, October 31, 2016
In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Benson Collection is highlighting material from the archive of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), one of the oldest, largest, and most influential organizations representing the voice of Latinos/as in the United States. LULAC was formed in 1929 in Corpus Christi, Texas, by the merger of three Mexican American civic organizations: the...Read More
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 to Friday, September 30, 2016
Three events this month raise LLILAS Benson’s profile as a center for the exploration of digital scholarship.
The first installment of the Digital Scholarship in the Americas series, held September 26 and 27, features two different presentations by Angelina Snodgrass Godoy, who holds the Helen H. Jackson Endowed Chair in Human Rights at the University of Washington.
In the September 26 workshop, “...Read More
Friday, September 9, 2016
Matthew Butler, an associate professor in the Department of History and LLILAS affiliated faculty, has received an Endangered Archives Programme grant of $66,000 to support a project titled “Conserving Indigenous Memories of Land Privatisation in Mexico: Michoacán’s Libros de Hijuelas, 1719–1929.” The...Read More
Thursday, September 1, 2016
The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $248,039 to Susan Smythe Kung and Anthony C. Woodbury in support of their upcoming project, "Transforming Access and Archiving for Endangered Language Data Through Exploratory Methodologies of Curation." The grant will help fund the work of the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (...Read More
Thursday, September 8, 2016 to Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Exhibition runs September 8, 2016, through March 15, 2017.
Through a rich display of rare maps, diaries, books, and royal decrees, this exhibition at the Benson Latin American Collection explores two-and-a-half centuries of trade between the Spanish Empire in the Americas, via Mexico, and Asia, via the Philippines. The age of the Manila Galleon, from 1565 to 1815, brought with it an exchange of goods and...Read More
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Beloved University of Texas at Austin director of public affairs Robert Meckel, 67, died peacefully on August 1, 2016, at his home in Austin after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, ready with a joke for every occasion. He will be dearly missed.
Robert was born on September 29, 1948, in Hidalgo County, Texas, to Elmer and Esther Meckel, the...Read More
Monday, August 1, 2016
by Susanna Sharpe
Recipients of the LLILAS Benson Minority Serving Institutions and Community Colleges Summer Research Travel Fellowships have been escaping the Texas heat inside the cool, quiet Benson Collection. LLILAS Benson offers four such fellowships a year, funded by a Title VI grant from the US Department of Education and dedicated specifically to supporting research at the Benson by...Read More
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Items from the David Adame Papers are currently on display in the Benson Main Reading Room. Adame was a longtime member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #60 in Houston and the Club Recreativo y Cultural México Bello (CMB), a Houston-area social club.
Born in Houston, Texas, in April 1918, Adame joined the...Read More
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Professor Virginia Garrard-Burnett has been chosen as the new director of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections. A faculty member at...Read More
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 to Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Items from three collections relating to Benson and LLILAS history are currently on display in the Benson Main Reading Room. This exhibition was assembled in conjunction with a retrospective event honoring Charles R. Hale, outgoing director of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, who leaves his post at the end of the spring semester.
The Nettie Lee Benson Papers
Friday, April 15, 2016 to Friday, July 15, 2016
Historias/Viajes (Stories/Journeys) is a dual exhibition by visual artists Marta Sánchez and Liliana Wilson. The two artists have deep roots in Texas, and in this exhibition, their contrasting styles and subject matter share the commonality of exploring the bonds that tie all people together, bonds of family and family lore, bonds of humanity and shared loss. The exhibition opened on April 14...Read More
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 to Friday, April 15, 2016
LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections proudly presents the 14th annual ¡A Viva Voz! Celebration of Latina/o Arts and Culture: “Historias/Viajes: A Conversation with Marta Sánchez and Liliana Wilson,” moderated by Norma E. Cantú. The event takes place Thursday, April 14, 2016, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Benson Latin American Collection. The event is free and open to the public and...Read More