Monthly Archives: September 2010

Economist feature on The Hispanicisation of America

The role of Latinos in American society is growing inexorably, with big political implications for the future.

Read the full article here.

Documentary: “2501 Immigrants: a Journey” to air on KLRU

“2501 Immigrants: a Journey” follows Alejandro Santiago, a middle-aged artist from Oaxaca, Mexico who returns home after a brief exile in France to find a virtual ghost town. Everyone has left to become a day laborer in the United States leaving storefronts vacant and homes empty. Inspired by this, he creates 2,501 life-size human sculptures to represent all of the migrant workers who have left the town, turning his entire village into a gigantic piece of art as well as poignant political statement.

See the documentary on KLRU:
Monday 9/27/2010 at 9:30 PM
Tuesday 9/28/2010 at 2:00 AM

Oct. 7: NPR’s Burnett Moderates “The War Next Door: Reporting Mexico, Drugs and the Border”

Date: October 7
Time: 4:00 -5:30 p.m.
Where: Quadrangle Room, Texas Union

NPR correspondent John Burnett, who earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin in 1978, will lead a panel discussion about reporting Mexico’s drug war—how journalists are coping with one of the most dangerous assignments in the world.

Panelists include:
Cecilia Balli, University of Texas at Austin anthropology assistant professor who has written about the border for Texas Monthly and Harper’s magazines
Javier Garza, who earned a master’s degree in journalism from the university in 2002 and is editor of El Siglo de Torreón, the newspaper of Torreón, Mexico
Tracy Wilkinson, Mexico City bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times

This lecture is free and open to the public thanks to the Mary Alice Distinguished Lectureship and the School of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A from the audience. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

More information on “The War Next Door: Reporting Mexico, Drugs and the Border”

9/27: Presentation on Leftist Governments in Latin America

LLILAS Faculty Book Series
invites to the presentation of the book
Monday, Sept 27, 2010
12:00 PM • Hackett Room, SRH 1.313

Kurt Weyland** Raúl Madrid** Wendy Hunter
Dept. of Government

Discussant: Javier Auyero, Dept. of Sociology

Come to learn about this book based on the 2008 Long Conference “The Performance of Leftist Governments in Latin America: What Does the Left Do Right?”

Leftist Governments in Latin America is the first book to systematically examine the policies and performance of left-wing governments that have risen to power in Latin America during the last decade. Featuring thorough studies of Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and Venezuela by renowned experts, the volume argues that moderate leftist governments have attained a greater, more sustainable success than their more radical, contestatory counterparts.

For more information, please contact Paloma Diaz

Senator Luna Legislative Scholars and Fellows Program now accepting applications

The Senate Hispanic Research Council is dedicated to strengthening the next generation of young leaders with the Senator Gregory Luna Legislative Scholars and Fellows Program, to be held from January 5, 2011 to May 30, 2011.

Participants in the Senator Gregory Luna Legislative Scholars and Fellows Program will gain invaluable experience and exposure to the Texas Senate as full-time legislative aides in the Capitol during the 82nd Legislative Session. Each participant is assigned to the office of a state senator or the Lieutenant Governor to perform a variety of legislative tasks. Complementing the work experience, they will meet with local and state leaders for weekly sessions about leadership and policies that shape communities. In addition, Scholars and Fellows receive a monthly stipend to assist with living expenses.

For More Information:
Sarah Saenz, Executive Director
Senate Hispanic Research Council
(512) 499-8606

Sept. 16: Panel Discussion on Coverage of Drug Trafficking

Coverage of Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in the Americas
Thursday, September 16
4:00-6:00 p.m.
SRH 1.320

Dr. Gabriela Polit, UT-Austin Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Cristian Alarcón, Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (Argentina)
Samuel Gonzalez, Criminal justice consultant (Mexico)
Javier Mayorca, El Nacional (Venezuela)
Alvaro Sierra, University for Peace (Costa Rica)
For more information, contact the Knight Center at 512/471-1391 or
Light refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies.

Cristian Alarcón is the coordinator of Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano’s Cosecha Roja, a network of crime reporters from the region.  He has written extensively about violence and conflict for magazines and newspapers including TXT, Leopard, Rolling Stone, and Crítica de la Argentina and was awarded a prize for journalistic integrity from the North American Congress of Latin America (NACLA).

Samuel González led the federal office for drugs and organized crime in Mexico, and was involved in developing new laws against organized crime and for public safety.   He is now a criminal justice consultant who works with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Javier Mayorca is the coathor and editor of the books El secuestro y la toma de rehenes, ¿una nueva realidad? (2001) and Terrorismo, ensayos para el debate (2006). Mayorca was a member of the unit of investigative journalism of El Diario de Caracas, media outlet for which he also covered the military and police sources, and now writes for El Nacional.  He received the National Journalism Award in 1997 for his investigations on drug trafficking and money laundering in Venezuela.

Álvaro Sierra is a renowned Colombian journalist and journalism instructor who currently teaches at the University for Peace in San José, Costa Rica. He is former editor of the editorial page of El Tiempo newspaper and served as a correspondent in Russia (1990-1997) and China (1998-2000). He has extensive experience covering armed conflicts as a local reporter and a foreign correspondent.


Student Journal of Latin American Studies Seeks New Contributors

First Meeting! All are welcome!
Date: Tuesday, September 14th 
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Joynes Reading Room, 007B, Carothers

Come learn about our organization, our latest edition and how you can get involved with SJofLAS. 
SJofLAS was established to increase student involvement in Latin American research topics and to further connect the academic work of graduate and undergraduate students across the world. Currently, we are finishing up our 2nd edition and planning for the 3rd. If you have any interest in research, academic journals, or you just want to hang out with people for love Latin America, this is the place for you. 

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Carly Castetter
Student Journal of Latin American Studies
The University of Texas at Austin