Benson Celebrates Centennial with Two New Online Exhibitions

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

A new online exhibition, A New Spain, 1521–1821, is curated by LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Coordinator Albert A. Palacios. The exhibition traces the cultural, social, and political evolution of the Viceroyalty of New Spain, a royal territory in the Spanish Empire formed soon after the invasion and conquest of the Aztec Empire in 1521. It features materials from the Benson Latin American Collection as well as C. L. Sonnichsen Special Collections at UT El Paso. Visit the first "virtual gallery":

Celebrating Eric Williams, curated by Black Diaspora Archivist Rachel Winston, is a retrospective on the intellectual and political life of the longtime prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, who was also visionary the leader of the country's independence movement. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Eric Williams Memorial Lecture, presented every Friday throughout the month of April by the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. (Featured art by Irenee Shaw.) Visit the exhibit here:

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