Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants

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Cristóbal Díaz-Ayala presenting his latest book at Books & Books Coral Gables, 2013

Every year, the Cuban Research Institute (CRI), the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC), and Florida International University Libraries offer the Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants to study the special collections related to Cuba and Cuban Americans. These grants provide scholars and graduate students the opportunity to conduct research on Cuba and its diaspora at the FIU Green Library, thereby expanding access to the library's unique holdings and enhancing its value as a national resource.

CRI, LACC, and FIU Libraries offer research stipends of up to $1,500 each to offset the costs of a minimum one-week stay in Miami to use the collections. Scholars in the humanities and the social sciences whose work will be enhanced by using the resources of the collections are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to scholars who are not previous recipients of the award. Due to our fiscal year, at least one award recipient is required to complete his/her travel by mid-May. Two of the awards are given to U.S.-based scholars or graduate students, in accordance with the requirements of the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant. Those based in other countries are encouraged to apply for the other grant.

As a condition of the award, recipients give one lunchtime lecture at FIU for faculty and students on their recent research, and following their travel, submit a one-page single-spaced summary of their work with the collections, and make recommendations on how the collections may be improved or enhanced. Any publications resulting from research conducted at FIU during the grant period should acknowledge the Cuban Research Institute, the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, FIU Libraries, and the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant for their support.

The Díaz-Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection is the most extensive publicly available collection of Cuban music in the United States. Its approximately 100,000 items span the history of popular Cuban and other Latin musics. Originally valued at nearly one million dollars, the collection features 28,000 LPs; 17,000 78 rpms; 4,500 cassettes containing interviews with composers and musicians, radio programs, music, and other materials; 4,000 pieces of sheet music; 3,000 books; and thousands of CDs, photographs, videocassettes, and paper files. Among the collection's rarest items are early recordings made in prerevolutionary Cuba.

Lectures

"La Mulata" in the Spanish Caribbean: From Stage to Films
May 18, 2017

Yesenia Fernández Selier is the recipient of the LACC/CRI 2017 Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grant. Her presentation examines the transnational dissemination of the Cuban icon of "la mulata" in Latin American films and contemporary cultural practices.

Caribbean Children’s Music: Rhythms, Melodies, and Lyrics
May 11, 2017

Marta Hernández Cadelas is the recipient of the LACC/CRI 2017 Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grant. Dr.Hernández analyzes the repertoire of children's songs from Cuba and other Caribbean countries.

Carlos Ripoll's José Martí
May 10, 2017

Enrico Mario Santí is the recipient of the LACC/CRI 2017 Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grant. His presentation explores Ripoll's reading of Martí, his legacy and, in particular, what Ripoll called repeatedly "the falsification of José Martí in present-day Cuba."

Language Change in Cuban Spanish: Subject Pronoun Variation
May 18, 2016

Gabriela G. Alfaraz is the recipient of the LACC/CRI 2016 Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grant. Her presentation examines findings of a comparative analysis of three generational cohorts of Cubans that showed both stability and changes in the pronominal system.

Cubanness in the Lyrics of the Guaracha: National Identity beyond Appearances
May 12, 2016

Liliana Casanella Cué is the recipient of the LACC/CRI 2016 Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grant. Her presentation analyzes a textual corpus of the guaracha to explore how its various models surpass musical fashions to maintain its attachment to the essential characteristics of Cubanness.

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Uncovering Transatlantic "Décimas" at the Díaz-Ayala Music Collection
April 27, 2016

Dr. Noraliz Ruiz Caraballo is the recipient of the LACC/CRI 2016 Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grant. Her presentation examines various recordings housed at the Díaz-Ayala collection to explore the historical and cultural connections established in the performance of décimasin Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Canary Islands.

Cuban Civil Law: Myth or Reality?
June 3, 2015

Dr. María Elena Cobas Cobiellas is the recipient of the LACC/CRI 2015 Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grant. Her presentation covers a comparison between current Cuban legislation and the precedent Cuban law, with special reference to property law.

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"Como un milagro": The Musical Influence of Juanito Márquez on the Popular Song of Four Continents
April 29, 2015

Dr. Benjamin Lapidus is the recipient of the LACC/CRI 2015 Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grant. His presentation covers the extensive career of Juanito Márquez Urbino in Cuba, Spain, and the United States.

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La Batería: Jazz and the Drum Set in Cuba
April 22, 2015

Matthew R. Berger is the recipient of the LACC/CRI 2015 Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grant. His presentation traces the incorporation of drum sets into, first, jazz in New Orleans and, soon thereafter, in Cuba at around the turn of the 20th century.

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