Announcing the Recipients of the 2021 Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants

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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 2021 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 sixteenth 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 a week studying the collections and give a virtual lecture during their stay at FIU.

All visiting scholars will follow FIU policies and guidelines outlined in the FIU website on the coronavirus.

The following scholars have been awarded the 2021 Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants:

  • Dr. David Font-Navarrete, Assistant Professor, Department of Music, Dance, Theatre, and Multimedia, Lehman College, CUNY, "Art at the Edge of Tradition: Notes on Orisha and Music in the Age of Multimedia, 1936–2021"
  • Dr. Adriana Méndez Rodena, Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Missouri, "Transculturated Poetics: La Tumba Francesa and Cuban Cultural Identity"
  • Ned Sublette, Adjunct Professor, Music Department, New York University, "Teaching the Cuban Discography"

For more information about the Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants, click here.