ALBA’s Teaching Team Poised for a Busy Fall

August 26, 2019
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ALBA’s Teaching Team Poised for a Busy Fall

Are you a middle or high school teacher? Do you know one? Spread the word about ALBA’s teaching institutes. This fall offers plenty of opportunities to join!
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Fall 2019 Teaching Schedule

August 26, 2019
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Fall 2019 Teaching Schedule

ALBA Institutes for Middle & High School Teachers (Social Studies, Spanish & English) Fall Agenda Oct 11 Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH (partners: NEOEA, Oberlin College) Oct 19 Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL (partner: Elmhurst College) Nov 5 King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, New...
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Letter from ALBA: Legacies of Activism

August 26, 2019
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Letter from ALBA: Legacies of Activism

It’s late summer, a time when news used to be slow. It no longer is. On the Mediterranean, the fearless life-saving professionals of ProActiva Open Arms, led by the visionary Òscar Camps, are battling narrow-minded, xenophobic European governments for the right to help drowning...
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Faces of ALBA: Eric Levenson

August 26, 2019
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Faces of ALBA: Eric Levenson

This summer, Eric Levenson and his family visited Spain to pass along his father’s memory to the next generations, following on an earlier visit to the country in 2002....
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Setting the Record Straight: The Liberation of Paris, August 25, 1944

August 26, 2019
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Setting the Record Straight: The Liberation of Paris, August 25, 1944

The half-tracks of the French Second Armored Division that entered Paris in August 1944 were baptized “Brunete,” “Guadalajara,” “Teruel,” or “L’Ebre,” and manned by Spanish exiles. Some 500 Spanish...
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Catalan Government Exhumes Mass Graves

Catalan Government Exhumes Mass Graves

This past July, the Catalan government exhumed three mass graves from the Civil War that may include remains of International Brigade members who died in battle.
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Human Rights Column: Fighting the Good Fight From Iraq to Spain to Flint, Michigan

August 26, 2019
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<em>Human Rights Column:</em> Fighting the Good Fight From Iraq to Spain to Flint, Michigan

With the viral specter of right-wing nationalism, militarism, fascism, and xenophobia on the rise once again, the lessons from the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives are timely and critical. For Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and her family, they are also personal and foundational.
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Giles Tremlett: “The International Brigades Were Not an Outfit of the Communist International—They Were Antifascists.”

August 26, 2019
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Giles Tremlett: “The International Brigades Were Not an Outfit of the Communist International—They Were Antifascists.”

Giles Tremlett, long-time correspondent in Madrid, is finishing a major new book on the 35,000 volunteers from all over the world who flocked to Spain to help defend the Second Spanish Republic against fascism.
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“A Photograph Doesn’t Lie”: Ricard Martínez & Susanna Muriel on Re-Photography and the Spanish Civil War

August 26, 2019
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“A Photograph Doesn’t Lie”: Ricard Martínez & Susanna Muriel on Re-Photography and the Spanish Civil War

Revisiting a historic image to take a new photograph from the same point of view—the technique known as re-photography—opens up new avenues for research. It also helps redefine our relationship to the past and the future. What does rephotography look like in relation to...
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Book Review: The Last Survivor: Cultural and Social Projects Underlying Spanish Fascism, 1931-1975

August 26, 2019
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<em>Book Review: </em>The Last Survivor: Cultural and Social Projects Underlying Spanish Fascism, 1931-1975

What role did fascism play in defining the Franco regime? The Last Survivor offers a fresh interpretation of the dictatorship as ideologically fascist at its core, rather than understanding...
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Tasks of a Cabo by Clarence Schuler

August 23, 2019
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Tasks of a Cabo by Clarence Schuler

The Volunteer for Liberty, V2, No. 25, July 19, 1938 The cabo in the performance of his tasks plays a very important part in the functioning of a military...
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Edward Lewis, producer of “Spartacus,” and the Spanish Civil War

August 17, 2019
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Edward Lewis, producer of “Spartacus,” and the Spanish Civil War

Edward Lewis, best known as the producer of Stanley Kubrik’s Spartacus (1960), passed away this week; he was 99. His life and work had several important connections to the Spanish Civil War. For Spartacus, Lewis...
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Geoffrey Servante (1919-2019)

August 5, 2019
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Geoffrey Servante (1919-2019)

Over the last few years, several announcements have mourned the passing of the last British volunteers in the Spanish Civil War. First there was David Lomon, then Philip Tammer, and then recently Stan...
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Neus Català (1915-2019)

August 5, 2019
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Neus Català (1915-2019)

On April 13, 2019 in the Catalonian village of Els Guiamets in the famed Priorat wine region, the anti-fascist activist and Nazi camp survivor Neus Català died in an...
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The Spanish Civil War (1936-1952): A Reinterpretation

August 5, 2019
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The Spanish Civil War (1936-1952): A Reinterpretation

The notion that the Spanish Civil War ended on April 1, 1939 is a convention that is as taken for granted—in textbooks, scholarship and the media—as, say, the date...
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New ALBA Executive Director & Presentation Video

August 5, 2019
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New ALBA Executive Director & Presentation Video

We are thrilled to announce that ALBA has hired a new executive director. Mark Wallem is an accomplished human rights lawyer who comes to ALBA with more than 20...
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Immigration Justice Campaign Receives ALBA/Puffin Award

August 5, 2019
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Immigration Justice Campaign Receives ALBA/Puffin Award

Among the audience this year were more than 50 New York City high school students whose teachers are alumni of ALBA’s professional-development workshops. On May 5, two days after...
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Alvah Bessie’s Men in Battle Published in Spain

August 5, 2019
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Alvah Bessie’s <em>Men in Battle</em> Published in Spain

Alvah Bessie’s 1939 memoir still reads like a compelling lesson in twentieth-century history—as does the rest of Bessie’s activist life.
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