Announcing the 2017 Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants

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Cristóbal Díaz-Ayala and Dr. Beatriz Calvo Peña, a recipient of the 2007 Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grant.
Photo courtesy of EFE Agency.

The Cuban Research Institute, the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, and the Libraries at Florida International University are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grant competition. The awards are offered in honor of Cristóbal Díaz-Ayala, the prominent music collector and independent scholar who donated his Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection to FIU in 2001. This is the twelfth round of winners of the grants, designed to increase access to the special collections and archives on Cuba and its diaspora at FIU. Grant recipients will spend several days studying the collections and give a lecture during their stay at FIU.

The following scholars will conduct research at the Díaz-Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection and the Special Collections of the Green Library during the spring and early summer of 2017:

  1. Yesenia Fernández Selier, New York University, "The Circulation of Cuban Cultural Production before 1930 in the Caribbean"
  2. Dr. Marta Hernández, Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, "Caribbean Children's Music: Rhythms, Melodies, and Lyrics"
  3. Dr. Enrico Mario Santí, University of Kentucky, "Carlos Ripoll's José Martí"