A Hemisphere of Knowledge

A Benson Centennial Exhibit

To mark the Benson’s centennial, this exhibition looks at knowledge production from different communities in the Americas. Special attention is paid to community stories, craftwork, harvest and subsistence, medicine, and flora and fauna.

Celebrating Eric Williams

A scholar and statesman, the Honorable Dr. Eric Eustace Williams (1911-1981) led Trinidad and Tobago for over a quarter of a century. He oversaw the country’s independence from Britain in 1962 and 1976 transition to a Republic. Williams served as Prime Minister until his death in 1981.

A New Spain

1521-1821

Traces the cultural, social, and political evolution of the Viceroyalty of New Spain from the fall of Moctezuma’s Tenochtitlan until the rise of Iturbide’s Mexican Empire.

Bureaucracy on the Ground in Colonial Mexico

A Window into the Visita of 1765

This exhibition explores the localized consequences of the royal inspection, or visita general, administered by José de Gálvez in New Spain from 1765-1771.

Santa Anna in Life and Legend

This exhibit explores the history of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (1794-1876), a colossal figure in Mexico’s post-independence politics with a legacy of losing half the nation’s territory to the United States.

Pastorelas: Past and Present

Pastorelas were commonly an oral tradition, rarely being transcribed to paper. This digital exhibit highlights the rare, beautifully written, and illustrated pastorela, El triunfo de Jesús contra la lengua del diablo : pastorela en cuatro actos by Manuel Antonio Zayas from 1853. It is available at the Rare Books and Manuscripts Room of the Benson Latin American Collection.

You Are What You (Do Not) Eat: Decolonial Resistance in U.S. Latinx Zines

An exhibit highlighting the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection's zines to analyze the intersectionality of Latinidad and food studies.

Peru in the 1920s

The early twentieth century brought political, economic, and social changes to Peru. After the devastating losses experienced from the War of the Pacific in the late 1800s, the need to reconstruct and reform Peruvian society lent itself to the economic opportunities modernization presented. This exhibition of postcards from the 1920s show how the past and present converged in Peru at this critical juncture.

Remembering Ernesto Cardenal

Selections from His Archive

This exhibition reflects upon the impact and legacy of poet, priest, liberation theologist, sculptor, and activist Ernesto Cardenal.

Unearthing Forgotten Perspectives

on 19th Century Latin America

Mapping Mexican History

Territories in Dispute, Identities in Question

The maps presented here serve as visual histories of Mexican territory, culture, and identity through three centuries of transformation. Through image and text, these documents trace the intertwined and often contentious relationships between indigenous and European, civil and religious, and “national” and foreign, in Mexico’s evolution from colonial territory to modern state.

Formation of State, Subject and Self

in 19th-Century Latin America

This exhibit reveals the region’s tumultuous and transformative 19th-century journeys towards the formation (s) of State, Subject and Self.

A Work in Progress

Latin America's 19th Century

The exhibit begins with the dissolution of Spain’s Atlantic Monarchy in 1808 and continues into the early 20th century, tracing out how revolutions in technology, medicine, and political systems transformed lives, communities, and places.