Announcing the Recipients of the 2018 Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants

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Cristóbal Díaz-Ayala lecturing at the FIU Green Library in 2016

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 2018 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 thirteenth 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 2018:

  1. Yurima Blanco García, University of Valladolid, Spain, "The Lyric Theater in Expressions of Cuban Identity: Study and Reconstruction of El sombrero de Yarey, Opera by Ernesto Lecuona"
  2. Dr. Jorge Camacho, University of South Carolina, "A History of José Martí's Archive"
  3. David Virelles González, independent researcher and performing artist, "Tracing the Cinquillo Cubano: De la Trova al Danzón"