News and Events
Friday, February 19, 2016
Items from the St. John d'El Rey Mining Company are on display in the main reading room of the Benson Latin American Collection. The recently processed archive contains material pertaining to the operation of the nineteenth-century gold-mining concern in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.
The Saint John d’El Rey Mining Company was established in 1830 near Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, by a group...Read More
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Melissa Guy has joined LLILAS Benson as Head of Collection Development at the Benson Latin American Collection. Her arrival in Austin this past November is something of a homecoming.
Guy earned an MS in Information Studies from The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information (iSchool) in 2008, focusing on academic librarianship and archives. She comes...Read More
Rubén Darío (1867–1916) was a Nicaraguan poet, journalist, and diplomat. As a leader of the literary movement known as Modernismo, which flourished at the end of the 19th century, he revitilized and modernized poetry in Spanish on both sides of the Atlantic through his experiments with rhythm, meter, and imagery. Darío developed a highly original poetic style that renewed a tradition. Items on display include...Read More
Monday, December 21, 2015
Rachel E. Winston has joined the staff of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections as Black Diaspora Archivist. The position is brand new, and one of few of its kind in the world. As part of her position, Winston will lead efforts, working with faculty and other library professionals, to establish the Black Diaspora archive, to be housed at the Benson Latin American Collection.
A self-described...Read More
Thursday, December 3, 2015 to Friday, January 8, 2016
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 Benson Latin American Collection, one of the premier libraries in the world focused on Latin America and Latino/a studies. In...Read More
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
“Fearless.” “Relentless.” “Courageous.” “Caring.” These are just some of the superlatives that were used to describe Maria Martin, whose 40 years as a radio journalist were celebrated in a tribute held November 19 at the Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin.
Former colleagues, friends, family, admirers, journalists, students, and faculty gathered to honor Martin, both in...Read More
Monday, November 9, 2015
A bilingual workshop and symposium took place on Thursday, Nov. 12, and Friday, Nov. 13, at the Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin, marking the completion of “Post-Custodial Archival Development and Digital Scholarship: Learning from Latin America,” a project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
“Post-Custodial Archival Development and Digital Scholarship: Learning...Read More
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