Author Archive for Aaron B. Retish

Watt Prizes Recognize Outstanding Student Writing

November 19, 2017
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Watt Prizes Recognize Outstanding Student Writing

The 2017 George Watt Essay Prize for the best writing on the Spanish Civil War received a record number of submissions. Students from Canada, Egypt, and 18 U.S. states submitted essays, poems, and stories for this year’s annual prizes.
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Faces of ALBA: George Snook, Brooklyn History Teacher

August 30, 2017
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Faces of ALBA: George Snook, Brooklyn History Teacher

George Snook is an award-winning history teacher at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York. For over 25 years he has inspired his students to engage history by doing their own research. The Spanish Civil War and the experiences of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade play a central role in his classes. An alum...
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Faces of ALBA: Chris Brooks, Volunteer Biographer

March 6, 2017
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<i>Faces of ALBA:</i> Chris Brooks, Volunteer Biographer

Chris Brooks is the driving force behind ALBA’s online biographical database of Lincoln Brigade veterans. His countless hours of research and correspondence have produced a comprehensive and accessible collection that has put a story and a face to thousands of veterans.
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Watt Prizes Awarded

December 3, 2016
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Watt Prizes Awarded

Two undergraduates and one graduate student have won the George Watt Memorial Essay Award with outstanding projects on the Cold War, the Franco Regime, and refugee aid.
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Faces of ALBA-VALB: Kate Doyle

August 25, 2016
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<em>Faces of ALBA-VALB</em>: Kate Doyle

Kate Doyle, winner of the ALBA-Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism, now serves on ALBA’s Board of Governors where she leverages her formidable expertise. Aaron Retish speaks with her about her work uncovering U.S. involvement in Latin American human rights violations.
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Susman Lecture & Scholarships at Wayne State

August 25, 2016
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Susman Lecture & Scholarships at Wayne State

Award-winning author Adam Hochschild speaks in Detroit and two Wayne State students receive Lincoln Veterans scholarships.
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Faces of ALBA-VALB: Richard Bermack, Photographer

March 13, 2016
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<em>Faces of ALBA-VALB:</em> Richard Bermack, Photographer

Richard Bermack is a documentary photographer and writer who has worked primarily for labor unions, including SEIU, the UAW, and the ILWU. In addition to his work on radical and labor history, he has written about and photographed workers involved in children and family services, welfare reform, aiding people with disabilities, and health care...
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ALBA’s Essay Contest Rewards Exciting New Research

December 8, 2015
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ALBA’s Essay Contest Rewards Exciting New Research

The George Watt Prize for the best student essays received submissions from across the globe, the various entrants writing on topics of history, literature, politics, and culture of the Spanish Civil War, or the global political and cultural struggles against fascism in the 1920s and 1930s, or the contributions of the Americans who fought...
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Faces of ALBA: Dale Hueber

December 17, 2014
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<i>Faces of ALBA:</i> Dale Hueber

Florida educator Dale Hueber did not follow the usual path to teaching history.
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Faces of ALBA: Bruce Barthol

September 9, 2014
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Faces of ALBA: Bruce Barthol

Bruce Barthol, long-time band leader at ALBA events, was the original bass player for the pioneering rock group Country Joe and the Fish and has performed with a long list of great musicians, from Dave Getz to Pete Seeger.
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