News and Events
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections will host a day-long digital scholarship symposium on May 30, 2017, titled “Reading the First Books: Colonial Documents in the Digital Age.” The event is free and open to the public, with registration at Reading the First Books.
The symposium celebrates the culmination of “...Read More
The University of Texas at Austin Receives Mellon Foundation Grant to Pioneer Archival Projects in Latin America
Monday, April 24, 2017
The University of Texas at Austin has received a grant of $700,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a project through LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections titled “Cultivating a Latin American Post-Custodial Archival Praxis.” The project focuses on building local capacity in Latin America to preserve vulnerable human rights documentation and making the resulting...Read More
Thursday, April 13, 2017
The Austin-based band Grupo Fantasma will perform at the fifteenth annual ¡A Viva Voz! celebration of Latina/o arts and culture, which takes place at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection on Thursday, April 15, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Originated by former head librarian Ann Hartness as a way to highlight the library’s US Latina/o...Read More
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 to Monday, September 18, 2017
Since the early 1990s, the Mexican Consulate in Austin has collaborated with city government to hold La Fiesta del Grito de Independencia, a public celebration of Mexican Independence Day, otherwise known as El Diez y Seis. The event features Mexican music and dance, complete with the grito de independencia, delivered by the sitting consul general. El Grito is a reenactment of the cry...Read More
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 to Thursday, August 31, 2017
"It's art not as usual, not decorative art, or art for art’s sake, but art making a profound statement about who we are in the world.” — George Rivera
To listen to artist and visionary George Rivera speak about the work of Artnauts Collaborative is to be swept up by the mission and commitment of this group of artists, all of whom have made a commitment...Read More
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 to Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Contemporary Latin American religious and cultural traditions have undeniable ties to Africa. Now on display in the Benson Latin American Collection main reading room, "Yoruba: Alive in Latin America" highlights elements of Yoruba culture found not only in the rich traditions across Latin America, but also in documentary material produced throughout the region.
Black Diaspora Archivist...Read More
Monday, April 17, 2017 to Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Praised by the likes of Octavio Paz and others, Dorothy Schons made impactful gains in the study of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a 17th-century writer, women’s rights advocate, nun, and scholar.
Schons was a faculty member in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of Texas at Austin from 1919 to 1960. As one of the first Sorjuanistas, Schons contributed many articles...Read More