News and Events
Thursday, September 10, 2015 to Sunday, January 31, 2016
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.
This exhibition coincides with the 20th anniversary...Read More
Monday, August 24, 2015
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 from the university...Read More
Friday, July 31, 2015
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 transcription of...Read More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
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-analysis in her...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, queer, feminist, and...Read More
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 to Sunday, September 13, 2015
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 element of her self-...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
Thursday, March 26, 2015
LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections celebrated the memory of Dr. Nettie Lee Benson and the generosity of Dr. Teresa Lozano Long at a plaque unveiling in the lobby of Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 1, on Friday, March 6, 2015.
After a warm introduction by Charles Hale, director of LLILAS Benson, UT president Bill Powers addressed the assembled guests. Powers spoke glowingly of the late Nettie...Read More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 to Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Application deadline is March 31, 2015. Learn more at http://bit.ly/MSI_Fellowship.
LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections at The University of Texas at Austin announces the availability of travel fellowships for faculty from community colleges and qualified Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) across the U.S. to conduct research at the Nettie Lee...Read More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 to Friday, April 3, 2015
LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections presents the thirteenth annual ¡A Viva Voz!, a celebration of U.S. Latina/o arts and culture. The event takes place Thursday, April 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Benson Latin American Collection.
Join us for an evening of live readings and performances of original work by Central Texas–based poets and spoken word artists, sharing diverse perspectives around...Read More
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Attorney Robert E. Herzstein has died at the age of 83. Herzstein served as lead counsel to Mexico in negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which went into effect in 1994.
The Benson Latin American Collection holds the Robert E. Herzstein Records of the Mexico–U.S. Business Committee. These materials,...Read More
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Thursday, February 5, 2015 to Friday, June 5, 2015
This series of photographs by Walterio Iraheta (El Salvador) depicts remittance culture and vernacular architecture in Central America. In a parody of the Taschen architecture series that includes New York Style, London Style, and Paris Style, the photo series Faraway Brother Style shows some of the ways in which money sent home by emigrant family members is spent on buildings that defy genres and blend...Read More
Friday, January 30, 2015
According to the New York Times, two former Chilean intelligence officers have been sentenced for the murders in Chile of two American citizens over 40 years ago, shortly after the 1973 coup led by General Augusto Pinochet that overthrew the government of President Salvador Allende.
The Americans were filmmaker and journalist Charles Horman, 31, and student and journalist Frank Teruggi, 24. The men...Read More
Dr. Joe J. Bernal is a former social worker, teacher, Texas state legislator, and Mexican American civil rights advocate. Bernal grew up in San Antonio, Texas and after graduating from high school he served in the armed forces (he was honorably discharged in 1946). In 1950 he received his BA in sociology from Trinity University and his M.Ed. from Our Lady of the Lake College in 1954.
In 1964 Bernal ran for...Read More
Monday, December 15, 2014
The Benson’s curator of two years will step into the chief leadership role at the collection while continuing her special collections work.
Dr. Julianne Gilland has been named director of the Benson Latin American Collection.
Dr. Gilland joined LLILAS Benson as Special Collections Curator in January 2013 after serving as Deputy Director of the Robbins...Read More
Nobel Prize-Winning Author Gabriel García Márquez’s Archive Acquired by The University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center
Monday, November 24, 2014
The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has acquired the archive of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez (1927–2014).
The archive documents the life and work of García Márquez, an author who obtained nearly unanimous critical acclaim and a worldwide readership.
The New York Times carried this story in its Monday, November...Read More
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Benson rare books librarian Michael Hironymous was a guest speaker last month at Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) in Mexico City, where he presented talks on the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, the sixteenth-century Relaciones Geográficas that are part of the collection’s holdings, and his own research on the indigenous Ixcatecos of Santa María Ixcatlán, Oaxaca.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
LIVE AT THE BENSON next Wednesday @7pm - music from Baroque Mexico and Latin America performed by UT Early Music Ensemble "Austinato"! The performance will highlight original Latin American music from the 17th and 18th centuries that incorporates the European, indigenous, and African influences of the period. Ensemble director Guido Olivieri will share some of this fascinating history. Join us for an evening of...Read More
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Benson Collection conference room, SRH Unit 1, second floor
Explore the culinary arts of colonial Mexico with chef Iliana de la Vega (El Naranjo), food historian Rachel Laudan, and Benson curator Julianne Gilland. Reception with Mexican coffee and sweets to follow. This event in LLILAS Benson’s Foodways of Mexico and Latin America series has been organized in conjunction with the...Read More