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In Memoriam: David Block

June 24, 2021

LLILAS Benson mourns the passing of friend, scholar, and former colleague David Block III, on June 15, 2021. Block was head of the Benson Latin American Collection from 2009 until his retirement in 2014.

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Libraries Collaborates for Open Access to Archive of Prominent Urdu Writer and Activist

April 29, 2021

The comprehensive works of influential Urdu writer, social critic and political activist Sajjad Zaheer are now broadly accessible for scholarship and study thanks to a partnership between The University of Texas at Austin and Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD), with endorsement from the Indian writer’s estate.

Benson Celebrates Centennial with Two New Online Exhibitions

April 27, 2021

Two new online exhibits expand on this year's celebration of the centennial of the Benson Latin American Collection.

Libraries Joins Transformative Agreement with Cambridge University Press

March 24, 2021

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas has expanded a partnership with Cambridge University Press that will result in global open access to research published by authors and researchers across the UT System.

The three-year extension of the contract – referred to as a “Read & Publish” agreement – provides system-wide institutional access to all Cambridge University Press journals, and offsets the costs of open access publishing of all works authored by University of Texas experts.

¡A Viva Voz! Returns with Teatro Vivo

March 17, 2021

LLILAS Benson is thrilled to announce the return of the ¡A Viva Voz! Celebration of Latina/o Arts and Culture. The annual event, usually one of the highlights of the spring semester, was canceled in 2020 due to the recent campus closure for Covid-19.

Confessions of an Archives Convert: Reflecting on the Genaro García Collection

Feb. 12, 2021

Voluminous lists of banned or redacted books, laced with sanctimonious commentary—or, early modern Spanish “cancel culture.” The illustrated family tree of a womanizing, bald curate named Miguel Hidalgo. Op-eds fawning over every viperous protagonist of the Revolution.

Libraries Eliminate Daily Fines for Most Items

Feb. 12, 2021

The University of Texas Libraries will no longer impose daily overdue fines, a policy that has  been shown to have an inequitable impact across the community of library users.

New Biography Sheds Light on Author María Luisa Puga

Feb. 3, 2021

“How does one become a writer, and how does she go about building a body of creative work?”* These are questions that author Irma López seeks to answer in her latest publication, a biography of the late Mexican writer María Luisa Puga (1944–2004) titled Extraño no-amor el tuyo: María Luisa Puga, historia de una pasión.   

Interactive Exhibit Examines Spanish Colonial Bureacracy

Jan. 4, 2021

For almost three hundred years, the Spanish monarchs ruled over an expansive empire stretching from the Caribbean to the southernmost tip of South America. World history narratives situate Spain within a centuries-long clash between major powers over territory, resources, and authority in the Americas that ended with the wars of independence. However, these histories tend to devote less attention to the day-to-day processes that sustained imperial rule. My dissertation explores this question through an analysis of the underlying mechanisms that bound the people to their faraway king.