LLILAS is an interdisciplinary organization founded in 1940, housed in UT Austin’s College of Liberal Arts, which integrates more than 30 academic departments across the university. We offer programs that lead to BA, MA, and PhD degrees, and dual MA degree programs with Business, Communication, Community and Regional Planning, Information Studies, Law, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. LLILAS works to excel in every area required to: a) give solid academic training to the most talented youth who wish to dedicate their careers to Latin America; b) enrich human understanding of the Latin American region in all its dimensions, across time and in the present; and c) produce scholarship and intellectual exchange that contributes to the economic, social, and political advancement of Latin America in constructive association with Texas and the United States.
Situated at the intersection of academics and advocacy, the Rapoport Center is the place where human rights dialogue happens. Whether you are UT faculty, staff, a student at the professional, graduate and undergraduate level or a fellow traveler outside of UT, we invite you to join the conversation. We host and sponsor many events, including conferences and a speaker series, that bring together academics, advocates and policy-makers to discuss and analyze different human rights issues. Our Center is engaged in research on a number of issues, including Afro-Descendant land rights in Latin America, the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall, and impunity in Guatemala. We are also proud to support critical academic research and human rights advocacy by faculty and students.
The Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive is an integral part of the documentary patrimony of the Guatemalan people. The largest of its kind in Latin America, the Archive’s approximately 80 million pages of records cover almost 116 years of the history of the country and of the police. The AHPN’s mandate is to ensure the preservation, safekeeping, and custody of the documentary record of the disbanded Guatemalan National Police in order to make this record accessible to the public at large. Making public the knowledge contained in these documents contributes to the discovery of the truth about what happened in Guatemala, to the application of justice, and to the struggle against impunity. The AHPN represents one of our best opportunities to overcome the past in order to build a different future as it guarantees the right of every citizen to access the documentary testimonies about the actions of one of the key structures of state security in Guatemala.
The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, a unit of the University of Texas Libraries, is a specialized research library focusing on materials from and about Latin America, and on materials relating to Latinos in the United States. Internationally renowned, the Benson Collection houses more than 1 million books, journals, and newspaper and magazine titles, and over 5 thousand linear feet of manuscripts, along with thousands of maps, works of art, and audiovisual recordings, and hundreds of thousands of photographic images. Thousands of scholars from all over the world visit the Benson Collection annually, both in person and on-line. For more information contact email@example.com or visit our web page.