Recipients Selected for the Spring and Summer 2017 Library Travel Research Grants

April 4, 2017

The Center for Latin American Studies and the Latin American and Caribbean Collection, have selected eight recipients from across U.S. institution to receive Library Travel Grants. The recipients are:

  • David LaFevor, University of Texas, Arlington
    • Topic: History: Slavery and sugar in Cuba
  • Manuel Rodríguez, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
    • Topic: History: U.S. agricultural aid to Latin America during the Cold War
  • Christine Bleyer, University of Texas, Austin
    • Topic: Special Collections: Brazilian Rare Books and Archives
  • Martin Tsang, University of Miami
    • Topic: Anthropology/Library: Chinese Cultural influence in Cuba
  • Raquel Alicia Otheguy, Quinnipiac University
    • Topic: History: Race in Cuban educational system
  • Shakira Crawford, The United States Naval Academy
    • Topic: History: Caribbean sea turtle fishing
  • Okezi Otovo, Florida International University
    • Topic: History: Brazil public health
  • Ramon Fonkoue, Michigan Tech
    • Topic: French: Literature of the French Caribbean

The purpose of the Library Travel Grants is to enable faculty researchers from other U.S. colleges and universities to use the extensive resources of the Latin American and Caribbean Collection in the University of Florida Libraries, thereby enhancing its value as a national resource. The grants are funded by a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The grants of up to $1000 each are meant to cover travel and lodging expenses. Grantees are expected to remain in Gainesville for at least one week and, following their stay, submit a brief report on how their work at UF Libraries enriched their research project and offer suggestions for possible improvements of the Latin American Collection.

The UF Libraries’ Latin American and Caribbean Collection (LACC) is one of the leading research collections of its kind. It consists of over ‌500,000 volumes, and includes all disciplines. Interdisciplinary strengths include, but are not limited to, tropical conservation and development, gender issues, and religion in the Americas. All geographic regions are well-represented, with the Caribbean, circum-Caribbean, and Brazil having the deepest holdings of published material.

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