Workshops and Events

Teaching Mexican American Studies through Local Archives and Community-Based Pedagogy
Saturday, March 30, 9:30–3 pm, Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

This symposium and workshop will focus on the creation of lesson plans with local archives for Mexican American Studies (MAS) curriculum. Community-based educators will discuss the creation and implementation process of MAS curriculum, and local archivists from the Austin History Center and the Benson Latin American Collection will talk about their collections and discuss the challenges and opportunities of incorporating archives into the classroom. As a conclusion, Cassie Smith (2018 LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Fellow) will lead a community- and praxis-based teaching workshop where participants will create culturally relevant and locally ground MAS lesson plans using primary sources from the Benson’s U.S. Latinx holdings.

Light breakfast will be served. Workshop lunch and seats are limited to 30 participants (preference will be given to high school instructors and student teachers). The program qualifies as Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit for instructors. CPE certificates of completion will be emailed after the event.

Event is free and open to the public. Registration opens Friday, March 1 and closes Wednesday, March 27 at 5 PM through Eventbrite.


Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) and Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative
Wednesday, April 3, 1–2:30 pm, PCL Learning Lab 1A

LLILAS Benson “Digital Scholarship in the Americas” Speaker Series
Co-Sponsored by the John L. Warfield Center for African & African American Studies

In 2010, dLOC launched the Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative, which builds on strong, existing long term partnerships, with an emphasis on accountability and transparency. dLOC built Haiti: An Island Luminous, a digital humanities site to help readers learn about Haiti’s history by combining rare books, manuscripts, and photos scanned by archives and libraries in Haiti and the United States with commentary by over one hundred (100) authors from universities around the world. dLOC currently hosts 40,000 titles with more than three million pages of content, much of which is accessible content related to Haiti. This presentation will discuss cultural preservation initiatives in Haiti supported by dLOC.

Dr. Hadassah St. Hubert is currently the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies with the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) at Florida International University. She received Ph.D. in History from the University of Miami and her dissertation, Visions of a Modern Nation: Haiti at the World’s fairs, focuses on Haiti’s participation in World’s Fairs and Expositions in the twentieth century. Hadassah served as the Assistant Editor for Haiti: An Island Luminous, a digital humanities site dedicated entirely to Haitian history and Haitian studies. As a Postdoctoral Fellow with dLOC, she leads programming and digitization efforts in collaboration with dLOC’s partners, such as Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI) and L’Institut de Sauvegarde du Patrimoine National (ISPAN) in Haiti. She is the liaison and historian for DVCAI’s Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant for African American History and Culture.

Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Registration opens Wednesday, March 6 and closes Tuesday, April 2 at 5 PM through Eventbrite.


National Library Week A-Thons 
April 8-12, 9-12pm & 12–3:30pm, PCL Learning Lab 2

Volunteer your time to help University of Texas Libraries staff make special collections more accessible and learn new digital methods along the way! Staff will be leading:

-April 8, 9-12pm: Benson Colonial Manuscripts Transcribe/Translate-a-thon
-April 8, 12:30–3:30pm: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
-April 10, 12:30–3:30pm: Index-a-thon
-April 11, 12:30–3:30pm: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
-April 12, 12–3pm: Historical Map Georeference-a-thon

Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Registration opens Monday, March 11.


LLILAS Benson Digital Initiatives Open House 
April 19, 2-4pm, Benson Second Floor

Come check out the work of LLILAS Benson’s Digital Initiatives, including the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA), Post-Custodial Archives, and the Digital Scholarship Office. Lightning talks and lab tours will be given and light refreshments will be served.

Past Workshops