News and Events
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
Monday, February 3, 2014 to Thursday, July 31, 2014
Known as one of Mexico’s great muralists of the twentieth century, José Clemente Orozco also produced numerous works on paper, including illustrations for several newspapers during and after the Mexican Revolution. Fantastic & Grotesque features caricatures and cartoons Orozco created for the weekly satirical paper El Ahuizote during 1911 and 1912. The paper took aim at both the political and...Read More
Rogelio Agrasánchez, Jr. of Harlingen, Texas is a collector of Mexican movie materials and an expert on vintage cine mexicano materials. He is the owner and curator of the Agrasánchez Film Archive in Harlingen, the world’s largest private collection of its kind. The Agrasánchez Film Archive’s holdings include movies, posters, lobby cards, and still photographs originally produced and distributed by major...Read More
Thursday, December 5, 2013
The University of Texas Libraries is partnering with the University of Texas Press to present an event highlighting rare maps of Mexico from the Benson Latin American Collection.
Terroir meets territory as the second installment in the Libraries’ cartography series — “You Are Here: ¡Viva Tequila!” — focuses on the crossroads of historic and contemporary culture of Mexico and its tequila.
LLILAS Benson Directors' response to "mock immigration sting" by Young Conservatives of Texas UT Chapter
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
News of plans for the “mock immigration sting” to be staged by the YCT [Young Conservatives of Texas] reached the LLILAS Executive Committee today, and was the focus of vigorous, unanimous repudiation. We view these plans as a direct attack on Latino / Latin...Read More
Saturday, November 16, 2013
LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections mourns the loss of our friend Sam Coronado, who died on November 11. An artist, printmaker, teacher and community leader, he was an important advocate for Latino causes and a pioneer in the Austin arts community.
Coronado began his career painting in oils and acrylics but soon discovered his passion for printmaking and serigraphy, a stenciling method in...Read More
LLILAS Benson's Kent Norsworthy will give brief remarks at Granito: How To Nail a Dictator screening
Saturday, November 16, 2013
On Friday, November 15 at 6pm, Austin Community College's Peace and Conflict Studies Program and Cine Las Americas will screen Granito: How To Nail a Dictator (Pamela Yates, 2012) as part of its Cinema of Conflict and Transformation Film...Read More
Friday, November 8, 2013
LLILAS Benson Foodways of Mexico Series presents: Street Foods of Mexico with Chef Roberto Santibañez
Thursday, November 7 6:00 pm-7:00 pm talk & 7:00 pm-7:30 pm book signing and reception catered by El Naranjo
The Kodosky Donor Lounge, Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive
Renowned Mexican chef Roberto Santibañez explores the vibrant...Read More
The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA) is a digital archive of recordings and texts in and about the indigenous languages of Latin America. Access to AILLA and its resources is always free of charge. Most of the resources in the collection are available to the public, but some have special access restrictions.
The heart of the...Read More
George Lister, once called "Mr. Human Rights" by historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. served as a diplomat at the U.S. Department of State for more than 60 years, from 1941 to 2003. "To our hopeless cause!" was Lister's spirited and humorous way of punctuating a conversation on human rights - the cause to which he dedicated his life.Read More
Monday, October 14, 2013 to Friday, January 31, 2014
This collection of historic maps, reproduced at actual size from the Benson’s rare books and manuscripts collection, serve as visual histories of Mexican territory, culture, and identity through three centuries of transformation. Through image and text, these documents trace the intertwined and often contentious relationships between indigenous and European, civil and religious, and “national” and foreign, in...Read More
Monday, September 30, 2013
The annual LLILAS Benson Student Photography Exhibition kicks off its fourth year with an opening reception in Sid Richardson Hall on September 30. This annual exhibition — sponsored by the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies — features photographs taken by University of Texas at Austin graduate and undergraduate students...
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Archival materials now on view at the Benson commemorate the 1973 coup d'etat in Chile and its political and cultural aftermath.
On exhibit in the Main Reading Room are original LPs from the Benson's extensive music collection, highlighting singers and songwriters of the socially and politically active folk song movements that developed in Chile and spread across Latin America during the...Read More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Two new exhibitions this fall at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the San Antonio Museum of Art will include rare materials from the Benson Latin American Collection. The Benson is excited to share these amazing works with audiences across Texas.
On view at MFAH October 6, 2013 – January 2014, American...Read More