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FAU Professor Selected for Fellowship to New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 18, 2013) – Raphael Dalleo, associate professor of English in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, has been selected as a Scholar-in-Residence by the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for 2013-14. The fellowship includes a grant of $30,000 for a six-month residency.

Dalleo is author of Caribbean Literature and the Public Sphere: From the Plantation to the Postcolonial (University of Virginia Press, 2011), co-author of The Latino/a Canon and the Emergence of Post-Sixties Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and co-editor of Haiti and the Americas (University Press of Mississippi, 2013). In the past, his research has been supported by grants from FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society, the Tinker Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has won the prestigious American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship and FAU’s Scholar of the Year award. While at the Schomburg Center, he will investigate how the U.S. occupation of Haiti from 1915 to 1934 impacted and influenced the development of Caribbean literature for islands such as Jamaica, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Trinidad.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is generally recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. For more than 80 years the Center has collected, preserved and provided access to materials documenting black life, and promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent.

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