News and Events
Monday, June 26, 2017 to Tuesday, August 15, 2017
A collaboration between graduate students Julia Detchon (Art History) and Emma Whittington (iSchool/LLILAS and Benson Special Collections GRA), this small exhibition of materials from the Benson's Concrete Poetry collection highlights the overlapping practices of writers and artists engaged with the principles of Concrete Poetry, a movement that combined elements of visual art with traditional poetry.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections will host a day-long digital scholarship symposium on May 30, 2017, titled “Reading the First Books: Colonial Documents in the Digital Age.” The event is free and open to the public, with registration at Reading the First Books.
The symposium celebrates the culmination of “Reading the First Books...Read More
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 to Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Contemporary Latin American religious and cultural traditions have undeniable ties to Africa. Now on display in the Benson Latin American Collection main reading room, "Yoruba: Alive in Latin America" highlights elements of Yoruba culture found not only in the rich traditions across Latin America, but also in documentary material produced throughout the region.
Black Diaspora Archivist Rachel Winston has...Read More
The University of Texas at Austin Receives Mellon Foundation Grant to Pioneer Archival Projects in Latin America
Monday, April 24, 2017
The University of Texas at Austin has received a grant of $700,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a project through LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections titled “Cultivating a Latin American Post-Custodial Archival Praxis.” The project focuses on building local capacity in Latin America to preserve vulnerable human rights documentation and making the resulting documents digitally...Read More
Monday, April 17, 2017 to Tuesday, August 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 and several...Read More
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 collection and invite the...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 of independence given...Read More
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 to Tuesday, August 15, 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 Antonio, Texas, to...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 to reflect on people...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 Rivera’s papers and...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—handwritten records...Read More
Friday, January 6, 2017 to Thursday, June 1, 2017Read More
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 to Monday, March 20, 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