With its geographic, historical and cultural connections, Texas is uniquely poised to serve as the world’s gateway to Latin America.
And with long–standing academic and personal connections throughout the hemisphere, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin are uniquely qualified to serve as ambassadors to the Americas.
Internationally savvy scholars capitalize on the strengths of Texas to create the best academic programs, including the country’s No. 1 Latin American history program, according to the 2009 U.S. News and World Report magazine rankings.
Housed in the College of Liberal Arts, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS ) draws upon the talents of more than 30 academic departments, including government, economics, art, sociology, history, public policy and business.
Every year, LLILAS researchers conduct south–of–the border studies throughout the Americas—from meeting with voters during the contested Mexican elections to providing on–the–ground observations from Cuba during Fidel Castro’s hospitalization to tracking social and economic changes in Argentina and Peru.
International researchers turn to the Latin American Network Information Center, the university’s electronic portal to Latin America, for connections to nearly 12,000 Web sites. The site, which is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese, receives more than four million visits each month.
In 2000, Joe and Teresa Lozano Long created a $10 million endowment to support LLILAS ’ research, scholarships and educational endeavors.
As part of the Campaign for Texas, the College of Liberal Arts will be raising funds to match this generous gift. To learn more about giving opportunities, visit the Campaign for Texas website.