AUSTIN, Texas—Austin philanthropists Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long, strong supporters of Latin American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, have given $150,000 to UT Press for publication of books about Latin America and Latino topics.
The donation has been matched by an additional $150,000 to create a $300,000 endowment for the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture.
“This gift creates another strong link in the University’s quest to become the nation’s most important resource about Latin America,” said UT Austin President Larry Faulkner. “We are extremely grateful to the Longs for their very generous support in this area.”
The Longs in November announced a separate $10 million gift for a permanent endowment at UT Austin’s Institute of Latin American Studies. That endowment is for scholarships, research and other educational endeavors.
Joanna Hitchcock, director of UT Press, said the new endowment “will allow us to continue our ambitious Latin American and Latino publishing program and extend it to include Latin American and Latino art and photography.”
For years, UT Press has been one of the most prominent publishers in Latin American Studies. These publications include high quality color illustrations, photographs, maps and other costly printing requirements.
“The Long endowment,” Hitchcock said, “will ensure the Press’s place as one of the best publishers, if not the very best, in this field.”
Teresa Lozano Long, who received an Ed.D. in education from UT Austin, said the gift represents “our strong belief in memorializing the words and images that tell us about Latin America and its people.
“Latin America will continue to play an important role in the future of this country. Joe and I want to make sure The University of Texas at Austin is well-positioned to be a player in this growing international relationship,” she said.
Joe Long holds a law degree from UT Austin.
The Long gift was matched with $150,000 in funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and other philanthropists.