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

Educator Workshops

LLILAS Public Engagement hosts training seminars for in-service and pre-service teachers throughout the year, covering a variety of topics related to Latin America and Latino/s. In conjunction with Hemispheres, we offer a number of workshops that explore global themes and topics. Workshops are generally geared to social studies, language arts, and Spanish teachers, but open to all K-12 educators.

In addition to one-time workshops, we hold a number of ongoing workshop series, including:

  • Latin American & Latino Children’s Literature Workshop Series — This workshop series explores how to use literature to teach various themes of Latino/a identity, history, and culture.
  • Portuguese for Spanish Speakers — This hands-on workshop is offered each May to provide Spanish-speaking educators the tools to start speaking and understanding the Portuguese language in the context of Brazilian culture.
  • Hemispheres Summer Institute — Summer Institute is a four-day workshop held in early June that focuses on a different world studies theme each year. Topics are selected in consultation with the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS) and are coupled with expert speakers from the university. Recent topics have included: Food Cultures and Controversies; World Literature and Social Studies; Untangling World History; Cold War Cultures; and Unraveling Race and Ethnicity. For more information, please visit the Hemispheres Summer Institute Archive.

As part of Hemispheres, we also offer professional development presentations at school districts and regional service centers around the state. These typically focus on a specific theme, or incorporate instruction around one or more of our curriculum units, region-specific content, and/or instructional activities.

Make sure you don’t miss out on upcoming workshops! Please contact Tiffany Guridy for more information on upcoming events and resources.

Past Workshops

K-16 Teacher Workshop — Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Hackett Room, SRH 1.313 (see map)
2300 Red River Street, The University of Texas at Austin

This workshop was free and open to in-service and pre-service teachers and faculty from community colleges and minority serving institutions. Teachers earned up to three hours of professional development credits.

  • Hands-on workshop for K–16 educators introduces Portuguese in the context of Brazilian culture
  • Learn about Portuguese resources at UT than can be used in your classroom
  • Practice speaking Portuguese over coffee and Brazilian snakcs

Workshop led by Vivian Flanzer, coordinator, UT Portuguese Language Program, and creator, ClicaBrasil website.

Race and Racism Across the Americas: Decolonized and Anti-racist Curricular Approaches to Teaching Secondary History

Friday, August 3, 2018

Participants explored how to de-center Eurocentric and Westernized teaching through the lens of Afro-Latin Americans and Afro-Latin@s.

This workshop used several geographical points of departure to explore themes of race, racism, and racial formation relevant to US history, world history, and world/human geography curricula.

Led by Dr. Christopher L. Busey, University of Florida.

Demystifying Trade Talk: Sorting Fact from Fiction in the Politics of Free Trade

Benson Latin American Collection, 2nd Floor Conference Room
2300 Red River Street, The University of Texas at Austin

In recent years, the perils of free trade and its danger to national sovereignty and workers’ rights have become a rallying cry for growing populist movements across the world, especially here at home. Free trade agreements such as NAFTA and the TPP have been maligned as fueling a “global race to the bottom” and labeled “job-killing agreements.” Progressives and human rights advocates have long looked to free trade deals as the culprit behind worker abuses and loss of livelihood that drives immigration. Unlikely presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders rose to unforeseen popularity in large part due to their promises to reverse trade policies and halt the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a promise Trump immediately adhered to during his first days in office.

But can halting and pulling out from free trade agreements truly save our manufacturing industry? What are the implications of pulling out of the TPP and renegotiating NAFTA? Is NAFTA the job killer so many believe it is, or are we conflating it with other global phenomena? How do trade agreements affect workers in partner countries, and what other impacts have they had besides those on wages and manufacturing? Finally, where does China, with which we don’t have a trade agreement, fit into this?

Politics were sorted from policy in this teachers’ workshop on trade. Our presenters moved past ideological stances to provide a more nuanced understanding of trade, trade agreements, and their impacts on wages, workers, and national economic prosperity.
Dr. Patricia Hansen, Texas Law, broke down the major concepts and common misconceptions about free trade;
Dr. James Galbraith, LBJ School of Public Policy, took a closer look at free trade and its impacts on labor; and
Dr. Elsie Echeverri-Carroll, IC2 Institute, discussed the history of NAFTA and U.S.–Mexico relations.
Designed for high school social studies teachers; all educators welcome. Teachers received five professional development hours (CPE).

Co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies, South Asian Institute, and Center for Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies.

Teachers' Workshop: The Acapulco-Manila Galleon & Pacific Trade

Benson Latin American Collection, 2nd Floor Conference Room
The University of Texas at Austin

Through a rich display of rare maps, diaries, books, and royal decrees, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies & Collections exhibition, Acapulco-Manila: The Galleon, Asia, & Latin America, 1565–1815, explores two-and-a-half centuries of trade between the Spanish Empire in the Americas, via Mexico, and Asia, via the Philippines. The age of the Manila Galleon, from 1565 to 1815, brought with it an exchange of goods and cultural practices, of global contact and disruption, on a new scale.

This teachers’ workshop explored this exhibition while examining Pacific trade during the colonial period and the ties between Latin America and Asia. While drawing upon primary resources displayed in the exhibition, professors and graduate students from UT’s Department of History spoke about the role of the Acapulco – Manila Galleon in Pacific trade, silver and silk in the Spanish Empire, and British trade and imperialism in Asia.

Designed for social studies educators at the middle and high school level. Teachers received four professional development hours (CPE). 


  • Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

    University of Texas at Austin
    SRH 1.310
    2300 Red River Street D0800
    Austin, Texas 78712