News and Events
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Melissa Guy has been named Nettie Lee Benson Librarian and Director. Guy has served as Head of Collection Development for the Benson since November 2015. Prior to coming to the Benson, she was the subject specialist for Latin American and Iberian Studies at Arizona State University Libraries.
Guy takes on her new role as the Benson begins the countdown to its centennial, which will be celebrated in 2021. “...Read More
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
A librarian and two...Read More
Friday, October 27, 2017 to Friday, November 24, 2017
The Rare Books Reading Room at the Benson Latin American Collection will be closed on November 21 and 22, 2017, for painting. We regret any inconvenience this will cause.
Please note that the whole library will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22, and remain closed until the Monday after Thanksgiving.Read More
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
On Monday, October 9, 2017, the City of Austin celebrated its first official Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The auspicious occasion also marked the launch of the newly migrated and updated Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA), a digital language archive of recordings, texts, and other multimedia materials in and about the indigenous languages of Latin...Read More
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
By José Montelongo, Librarian for Mexican Studies
The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is pleased to announce the opening of the María Luisa Puga Papers. Puga (1944–2004) was a Mexican novelist and short-story writer, winner of prestigious literary awards, and highly esteemed by her peers. She left a voluminous diary consisting of 327 notebooks spanning from 1972 through 2004, now available for...Read More
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Members of the Benson Latin American Collection special collections staff have been recognized for their work in the field of Latin American and Black Diaspora archives.
Latina/o Studies Archivist Carla Alvarez was part of a Special Collections team that put together exhibition materials on...Read More
Friday, September 29, 2017 to Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Each fall, LLILAS Benson invites graduate and undergraduate students from all departments and disciplines to submit photographs to the Field Notes student photography exhibition. Through these images, student photographers document moments from their summer research on Latin America or US Latina/o communities. On view through January 10, 2018.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
A treasure trove of video interviews with groundbreaking Tejano artists, writers, and thinkers will soon be widely accessible to listeners and researchers. A grant of $12,050 was awarded to the Benson Latin American Collection by the Center for Research Libraries...Read More
Thursday, September 7, 2017 to Thursday, December 21, 2017
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL), the Benson Latin American Collection presents selected archival materials from the Carlos E. Castañeda Papers. A historian specializing in the early history of Texas and Mexico, Dr. Castañeda played a central role in the early development of the Latin American Collection at The University of Texas at Austin. The following is a glimpse at the...Read More
Thursday, October 19, 2017
The Benson Latin American Collection is pleased to celebrated the opening of Deudos / Death Debt: The Art of Eduardo Lalo, an exhibition of black-and-white photographs by the acclaimed Puerto Rican writer and visual artist Eduardo Lalo. This event includes a panel discussion with remarks by the artist at 4:00 p.m. followed by a reception at 5:00.
Lalo's photographs illustrate the increasing...Read More
Monday, June 26, 2017 to Tuesday, August 15, 2017
A collaboration between graduate students Julia Detchon (Art History) and Emma Whittington (iSchool/LLILAS and Benson Special Collections GRA), this small exhibition of materials from the Benson's Concrete Poetry collection highlights the overlapping practices of writers and artists engaged with the principles of Concrete Poetry, a movement that combined elements of visual art with traditional poetry.
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 “Reading the First Books...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 Rachel Winston has...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 documents digitally...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 and several...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 collection and invite the wider Austin community...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 of independence given...Read More
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 to Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Records of the Alianza de Mesas Redondas Panamericanas (AMRP, Alliance of Pan American Round Tables) will be on display in the main reading room of the Benson Latin American Collection until May 2017. AMRP is a nonprofit women's organization with member Tables at the local, state, and international levels.
Florence Terry Griswold founded the first Pan American Round Table in 1916 in San Antonio, Texas, to...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 to reflect on people...Read More
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Join the Benson Latin American Collection for the opening of Globalocation, an exhibition celebrating 20 years of Artnauts, a Colorado-based Latino artists' collective founded by Dr. George Rivera, art professor at the University of Colorado–Boulder. Artnauts works globally to use art as a tool for connection, activism, and social change. The Benson Collection is the repository for Rivera’s papers and...Read More