Latin America’s 19th Century: Reflections on Modernity, Memory, and Identity is an exhibition conceived and curated by students in Lina del Castillo’s Latin America in the 19th Century class. Del Castillo is assistant professor at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and the Department of History at The University of Texas at Austin.
Designed for viewers of high school age and above, the exhibition gathers materials from the Benson Latin American Collection’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection that depict Latin American nineteenth-century struggles for modernity.
From wars of Independence and the abolition of slavery to the establishment of international relations as new sovereign nations and growth of industry and technology, Latin America in the nineteenth century witnessed myriad transformations in many sectors of society. Topics explored by the student curators of this exhibition are Independence, the U.S.-Mexican War and Forgotten Actors, Shifting Mexican Identity, the Mexican Revolution, and Modernization and Global Connections.
The exhibition will be viewable online via Omeka.net, a web-publishing format for exhibitions, at http://latinamericanviews.omeka.net/.
Latin America’s 19th Century runs in the Benson Collection first-floor corridor from December 5, 2016, through March 15, 2017. Free and open to the public during library hours.