News and Events
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
While the roots of the song “La Bamba” trace back to the son jarocho folk tradition of Veracruz, Mexico, the song lives on in popular culture through numerous reinterpretations by generations of Chicano-identified musicians, Latin jazz artists, orchestral and choral groups, punk rockers, and many more. The...Read More
Octavio Paz (1914–1998) was one of Mexico’s foremost public intellectuals in the second half of the twentieth century. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his birth, the Benson Latin American Collection is currently exhibiting a selection of the author’s work from its holdings in the main reading room. Works on view include first-edition books, rare editions of poetry, an...Read More
Thursday, March 20, 2014
The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is proud to announce the donation of documents, blueprints, audio, video and other artifacts relating to the Tejano Monument on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol. The...Read More
Sunday, April 6, 2014
The LBJ Civil Rights Summit will take place from April 8-10, though parking will be disrupted from April 6-11. For detailed information on parking, visit the Parking and Transportation Services event website.
We expect to keep ...Read More
Friday, April 4, 2014
LLILAS Benson presents the 12th annual ¡A Viva Voz! celebration of Latin@ culture. Open to the Austin community, the event features a concert by Las Cafeteras, a band famous for its energetic bilingual performances with a community-focused message.
Las Cafeteras fuses traditional and modern beats with timely stories from the LA streets. This alt-son group remixes...Read More
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 to Thursday, July 31, 2014
Developed in conjunction with the 2014 Lozano Long Symposium, Archiving the Central American Revolutions, this exhibition offers a powerful glimpse into the visual and print culture of the Central American revolutions, from the 1970s through the peace accords and elections of the 1990s. Although the revolutions in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua followed different trajectories, the images and texts...Read More
Guatemalan bibliophile and print material collector Arturo Taracena Flores collected items published or circulated in Guatemala and other Central American countries during the 19th and 20th centuries. Many of these items, termed “street literature” because they were intended to be distributed widely and/or posted in public places, are broadsides and circulars published by the...Read More