LLILAS Benson News Archive
Thu, Dec 16, 2010
James R. Nicolopulos, Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and LLILAS and CMAS affiliate since 1992, died of cancer in Austin on December 1, 2010. Known to all as Jaime, he was an eminent scholar beloved by his students and colleagues.
Thu, Nov 11, 2010
LLILAS is pleased to announce in conjunction with Fulbright-Brazil the University of Texas–Fulbright Visiting Professorship in Environmental Sciences and Policy, which brings an eminent Brazilian scholar to UT Austin for one semester each academic year from 2011 through 2015.
Mon, Nov 1, 2010
The University of Texas's Population Research Center, an interdisciplinary research and training unit that includes Latin American demography among its thematic areas of concentration, celebrates its 50th anniversary Nov. 4–5, 2010, with a series of events marking its outstanding legacy of scientific accomplishments.
Mon, Oct 25, 2010
Robin Moore, Professor of Ethnomusicology and longtime LLILAS affiliate, was a runner-up for the Hamilton Book Award, one of the highest honors given to authors at the University of Texas. Moore was honored for his book “Music in the Hispanic Caribbean” (Oxford University Press, 2009).
Thu, Oct 21, 2010
Natalie Arsenault, LLILAS Outreach Director, is featured in the October 2010 issue of the University of Texas publication "Inside Our Campus" in recognition of an Outstanding Staff Member Award she received earlier this year.
Thu, Oct 14, 2010
Award-winning Nicaraguan journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro, Director of the weekly Confidencial and the television programs Esta Semana and Esta Noche, will inaugurate the new 2010 LLILAS Speaker Series "Central America: Broken Democracies?" with a lecture this week on "The Challenge of Democracy and Freedom of the Press in Nicaragua."
Thu, Sep 30, 2010
Edwin Román, a LLILAS MA student and codirector of Proyecto El Zotz, led a team of archaeologists during summer 2010 in the jungles of Petén in northern Guatemala, only to stumble upon a monumental discovery: the possible tomb of “Chak,” an ancient Mayan ruler.
Thu, Sep 2, 2010
Lynda de Jong Boudreault, a 2009 University of Texas PhD, will be receiving the Mary Haas Award from the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) for her dissertation, "A Grammar of Sierra Popoluca (Soteapanec, a Mixe-Zoquean Language)."
Mon, Aug 30, 2010
LLILAS-affiliated Associate Professor of History Frank Guridy is among 34 UT faculty members to receive an outstanding teaching award from the University of Texas System's Board of Regents.
Sun, Aug 29, 2010
A grant to UT Law Professor Karen Engle from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has enabled her to participate in a project with students at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.
Wed, Jul 28, 2010
Latin Americanist faculty debate issues of violence, migration reform, political alliances, and other border-related topics in the new UT online video series "Border Views." Each week a different faculty member will be featured, with Anthropology professor Cecilia Ballí leading off as the first commentator in the series.
Mon, Jul 26, 2010
LLILAS MA graduate Roberta Villalón (class of 2002) recently published “Violence Against Latina Immigrants: Citizenship, Inequality, and Community” with New York University Press. Her book examines complexities of domestic violence, immigration policies, and citizenship faced by immigrant women, addressing policy and legal changes to reduce vulnerability to abuse.
Thu, Jun 24, 2010
In a new book from UT Press, "Temples of the Earthbound Gods," Christopher Gaffney (Department of Geography and the Environment) examines the long-term fascination with soccer and its relation to national identity, focusing on Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires.
Tue, Jun 15, 2010
UT's Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection will be presented the Medalla 1810 from the mayor of Mexico City on July 19, an award given for contributions to the study and development of Mexican history and culture.
Thu, May 20, 2010
Roy Germano, a doctoral candidate in the UT Department of Government, has received the $10,000 Michael H. Granof Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the Graduate School/University Co-op Awards for Excellence in Graduate Education, which recognize distinguished scholarship, research, writing, and teaching.
Tue, May 18, 2010
Mercedes Lynn de Uriarte, Associate Professor of Journalism, has received a $150,000 grant from the Kellogg Foundation to study the social consequences of displacement by gentrification in East Austin, part of the foundation's five-year initiative to promote racial healing and eliminate barriers to opportunities.
Wed, May 5, 2010
Each spring the College of Liberal Arts honors as Dean’s Distinguished Graduates twelve graduating seniors who have proved themselves outstanding in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and service. This year one of those chosen is a LLILAS student, Anna Nicole Kreisberg.
Wed, Apr 28, 2010
Diplomat and businessman Ambassador Hector E. Morales, Jr., will speak on the current economic and investment climate in Latin America on May 6, 2010, in Houston as part of the new LLILAS speaker series “Faces of the Americas/Rostros de las Américas.”
Mon, Apr 26, 2010
Diana Kennedy will speak at the Blanton Museum on “Unknown Gastronomy of Mexico” as part of the Mexican Center's "Foodways of Mexico" series. The talk is Thursday, April 29, 2010, at 6:00 p.m., followed by a reception and book signing.
Mon, Apr 5, 2010
The Mexican Center of LLILAS is hosting an April 14 panel, Independence, Revolution, and Nation-State Formation in Mexico, with renowned Mexicanist historians Alan Knight, Erika Pani, and Eric Van Young. The panelists will examine how Mexican Independence and the Revolution of 1910 forged the identity of the modern Mexican state.
Fri, Apr 2, 2010
LLILAS announces the publication in 2010 of two new titles in its Translations from Latin America Series, copublished with the University of Texas Press. The award-winning series was initiated in 1988, the first of its kind to publish translations of important works from Latin America in history and the social sciences.
Fri, Apr 2, 2010
LLILAS has signed a new exchange agreement with the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social in Mexico, creating exciting opportunities for student and faculty exchange and innovative collaborative research with one of Latin America’s foremost centers for the study of the social sciences.
Wed, Mar 17, 2010
Distinguished Mexican writers Héctor Aguilar Camín and Ángeles Mastretta will speak in Austin on Thursday, March 25, 2010, as part of “Mexico 2010,” the Mexican Center’s yearlong commemoration of the bicentennial of Mexican independence (1810) and the Mexican Revolution (1910).
Wed, Feb 24, 2010
Three University of Texas faculty members affiliated with LLILAS recently have published books, ranging in subject from Guatemala under Rios Montt to why some constitutions endure longer than others to the gendered dimensions of citizenship experiences.
Tue, Feb 9, 2010
LLILAS offers an exciting new annual fellowship to UT graduate students to conduct summer research in Mexico. The Alejandro Junco Scholarships for the Study of U.S.-Mexico Social Problems were created to encourage students from the United States and Mexico to work together to explore solutions to some of the region’s most pressing social issues.
Thu, Feb 4, 2010
Roy Germano, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Government, visited rural Mexico in 2007 as part of his dissertation research on Mexican immigration and politics. The result was his documentary, "The Other Side of Immigration," in which he examines why people migrate and what happens to the families left behind.
Tue, Feb 2, 2010
The Institute of Latin American Studies Student Association (ILASSA) of the University of Texas at Austin announces its thirtieth Annual Student Conference on Latin America this Thursday–Saturday, February 4–6, 2010. It is the oldest and largest student-run conference in the field of Latin American Studies.
Wed, Jan 27, 2010
Beatriz Ilari, Associate Professor of Music at the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil, will be teaching at the University of Texas during the spring 2010 semester as the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Annual Visiting Professor.
Thu, Jan 21, 2010
A campus-wide benefit event will be held on Friday, January 22, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. at the Gregory Gym Plaza to raise funds for the relief effort in Haiti. Additional activities will take place throughout the day starting at noon in the Malcom X Lounge in Jester Center A136.
Tue, Jan 19, 2010
Yasuní National Park in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon has been identified by a team of scientists as containing one of the most biodiverse arrays of plant and animal life on earth. UT professor Peter English says, "Amphibians, birds, mammals and vascular plants all reach maximum diversity in Yasuní."
Tue, Jan 19, 2010
Donna DeCesare, an award-winning photographer and Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas, is featured in the February 2010 edition of Smithsonian magazine. The story, “Out of the Guatemalan Gang Culture, an Artist,” profiles a young man DeCesare met during her project recording the spread of gang culture in Central America.
Fri, Jan 15, 2010
LLILAS alum and former LANIC GRA Maria Sacchetti, a lead reporter for the Boston Globe, is in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, reporting firsthand on rescue and relief efforts in the wake of the devastating earthquake there on January 12.
Wed, Jan 6, 2010
LLILAS announces a new professional development seminar program offering short-term workshops in law, education, communications, politics, and energy. The seminars are designed for professionals from Latin America who want to gain a U.S. or U.S.–Latin American perspective in these fields, and for U.S. professionals seeking a fuller understanding of Latin America.