Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Activities and Initiatives


The Brazil Center organizes a broad range of scholarly events. Recent activities include talks on Brazilian environmental policy; race and violence; the burning of the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro; and the presidential election of 2018.

For a complete listing of past and upcoming LLILAS events, visit our Events Calendar.

BRASA 2020

UT Austin has been selected to host the next bi-annual conference of the Brazilian Studies Association. The conference will take place on our campus from March 26–28, 2020. We expect to attract Brazil experts from around the world. Visit the BRASA webpage to view the call for proposals, issued in May 2019.

BRASA in Austin

JOIN US FOR BRASA XV at The University of Texas at Austin, home of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections and the LLILAS Benson Brazil Center.

LLILAS Benson is a partnership between the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. LLILAS boasts 60 affiliated Brazilianist faculty across campus, whose work spans disciplines from anthropology to zoology, journalism to cultural studies, education to social inequalities, and beyond. The Benson Latin American Collection houses over 60 archival collections of Brazilian materials, including documents of political movements, photography collections, art, concrete poetry, musicology, and cinema.

Other gems on the UT Austin campus include the Harry Ransom Center, a world-famous humanities research library and museum; the Blanton Museum of Art, one of the foremost university art institutions in the United States; and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, official library of the 37th US president.

Did you know? 

  • Austin has more live music and musicians per capita than almost anywhere else, from blues to two-step to conjunto, and not a few Brazilian-music bands
  • Austin’s restaurant and food-truck scene boasts fabulous food, from barbecue to breakfast tacos, ceviche to banh-mi, and more
  • Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America
  • Voted best US city to live in for three years in a row . . . Come find out what the hoopla is all about!


Follow LLILAS Benson on Twitter: @llilasbenson


Fulbright Visiting Professorship

Between 2017 and 2022, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and the Fulbright Commission of Brazil will jointly coordinate the annual UT-Fulbright Visiting Professorship in Social-Cultural Tensions and Public Policies. The program will bring an eminent Brazilian scholar to UT Austin for one semester each academic year. See the most current information on UT-Brazil Fulbright visiting scholars here.

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