News and Events
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
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Icons of Argentine music and letters will be the centerpiece of Celebrating Argentina: An Evening of Tango, Literature, and Food. Focusing on the lyrics, music, and dance of tango, as well as an archival gem—Julio Cortázar’s original manuscript of the novel Rayuela—the event offers something to appeal to all five senses.
The evening will feature a lecture on the music and lyrics of tango, as well as...Read More
Friday, September 19, 2014
Defense Minister Agustín Oscar Rossi of Argentina visited the Benson Latin American Collection on September 15 to present a gift of published documents from the years of dictatorship in his country (1976–1983). Minister Rossi was a guest lecturer earlier the same day at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, where he spoke about the role of defense in Latin America.
Minister Rossi presented a box set of “Actas...Read More
Thursday, September 18, 2014 to Saturday, January 31, 2015
Now in its fifth year, this annual exhibition sponsored by LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections features photography by University of Texas at Austin graduate and undergraduate students highlighting their research, fieldwork, and volunteer activities within Latin American and U.S. Latin@ communities during the past year.
Please join us at the Benson Latin American Collection on Thursday,...Read More
Thursday, September 11, 2014 to Saturday, January 31, 2015
Exhibition at the Benson Latin American Collection
Inside the Baroque illuminates the splendor and diversity of Mexican arts and letters in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and their enduring legacy.
Photography by Carolyn Brown and documentary film by Quin Mathews present arresting views of Mexico’s baroque churches, showcasing the height of the period’s aesthetic...Read More
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
At the end of this week, LLILAS Benson bids farewell to David Block, Associate Director for Scholarly Resources and Latin American Bibliographer at the Benson Latin American Collection. David began his tenure at the Benson in 2009, but his history at the University of Texas at Austin goes back quite a bit further.
David earned his PhD in history and library science at UT, served in the Peace Corps in...Read More
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
A post-custodial archiving project of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections enters a new phase with the hiring of archivist Theresa Polk, who joined the LLILAS Benson staff in July. Polk holds an MLS from the University of Maryland with a specialization in archives and an M.Phil. in International Peace Studies from Trinity College, Dublin. She will serve as archivist for “Post-Custodial Archival...Read More
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Seven vibrant silkscreens from the Benson Latin American Collection will be on display over the next several years in the Dean’s Office of the College of Liberal Arts, located on the third floor of the Gebauer Building, campus of The University of Texas at Austin.
Selected and installed by Benson curator Julianne Gilland, the pieces are on loan from the Benson’s Ricardo and Harriet Romo Collection of...Read More
The VOCES Oral History Project, formerly the U.S. Latino & Latina WWII Oral History Project, was begun in 1999 by Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, a professor with the School of Journalism and the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
It has been estimated that anywhere from 250,000 to as many as 750,000 Latinos and...Read More
On exhibit in the Rare Books Reading Room
Donald Cordry (b. 1907) was a self-taught Mesoamerican scholar and ethnographer of indigenous arts and crafts of Mexico. He began collecting artifacts and information...Read More
Monday, June 2, 2014
The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection of The University of Texas at Austin has installed the exhibition Mapping Mexican History: Territories in Dispute, Identities in Question at Austin’s Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe. The exhibition, located on the library’s second floor, opened on June 1 and continues through Oct. 15.
This collection of historic maps, reproduced at actual size...Read More
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas—The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection—collectively LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections—has received a grant of $149,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to carry out a project titled “Post-Custodial Archival Development and Digital Scholarship: Learning from Latin America.”
The grant will boost...Read More
Brazilian Journalist Uncovers J. W. F. Dulles Interview with Brazil’s João Goulart in Benson Collection
Monday, April 7, 2014
In an article for the daily Folha de São Paulo published on April 2, 2014, Brazilian journalist Lucas Ferraz reveals the existence of a previously unpublished interview between Latin American historian John W. Foster Dulles and deposed Brazilian president João Belchoir Marques Goulart (aka Jango) dated November 15, 1967. Ferraz encountered the interview while conducting research at the University of Texas...Read More
Saturday, April 5, 2014
On March 3, 2014, the Benson Latin American Collection welcomed María Kodama, president of the Fundación Internacional Jorge Luis Borges. The Benson holds over 500 books written by and about the eminent Argentine author, including many first editions, some dating back to the 1920s. Kodama, who is Borges’ widow, was particularly interested in viewing documents related to Borges’ 1979 visit to Austin, including the...Read More