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A thought from the classroom

March 15, 2010
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A thought from the classroom

Nearly every year, from the time I was a graduate student studying Spanish literature, I have taught at least one course devoted to the Spanish Civil War and the Franco dictatorship. Once in a while some small story reaches across the pedagogical pavement that separates “history” from “today.” This spring alone brought two such...
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Lydia Lunch release SCW-inspired album

March 15, 2010
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Lydia Lunch release SCW-inspired album

This Sunday's El País Semanal magazine features Lydia Lunch, who is about to launch a book and CD entitled Amnesia, inspired by Belchite, produced together with Jacob Kirkegaard.
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Canadians in the SCW reviewed

March 14, 2010
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Canadians in the SCW reviewed

Cynthia Wright reviews Michael Petrou's Renegades: Canadians in the Spanish Civil War (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2008) in the March 2010 issue of the Canadian Historical Review: Petrou "draws on the extensive archive of veteran interviews created by Hoar's researcher, Mac Reynolds, and supplements these with additional interviews of about a dozen surviving...
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Did you know…

March 13, 2010
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Did you know…

Did you know that you can support ALBA by buying books through Powell's, the nation's largest independent bookstore? Check out ALBA's online bookshelf here.
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The Guardian on Garzón

March 13, 2010
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The Guardian on Garzón

The Guardian today: "Baltasar Garzón, who has taken aim at Augusto Pinochet and Silvio Berlusconi, among others, now finds himself pursued on three different fronts as a series of writs challenging his impartiality and accusing him of abuse of authority are investigated by the supreme court. his supporters see the attacks...
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New documentary: Los caminos de la memoria

March 13, 2010
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José-Luis Peñafuerte (Belgium, Spain: 2009).  Screened this week at the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. Trailer here:
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Spanish Civil War website of the week: Christie Books

March 12, 2010
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Stuart Christie's site is a treasure trove of Spanish Civil War- and Anarchism-related films.
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ALBA and the “corruption of the academy”

March 12, 2010
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Are ALBA's institutes for high-school teachers proof of the "corruption of the academy"? Or are some people's reactions and suspicions proof of a particular pathology afflicting students of American Communism and Anti-Communism? An interesting discussion on an historians' listerv.
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Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Spanish Civil War film reviewed

March 12, 2010
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Nick Ravich at Art21: "The biggest treat of the evening was the world premiere of the recently rediscovered 20-minute, silent 35mm film With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (1937-38)."
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Manuel Rivas’s new Spanish Civil War novel translated

March 12, 2010
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Amanda Hopkinson in The Independent: "Essentially, this is the account of one day in the first year of the war, 19th August 1936, when pyres of books were assembled and abused by posses of Falangists on the beaches of Galicia, and its aftermath."
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