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Harvard features Patricio Guzmán documentaries

February 8, 2011
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Harvard features Patricio Guzmán documentaries

Under the title History, Memory, Cinema, the Harvard Film Archive is screening a series of documentaries by Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán this month (Feb. 11-21):

Few filmmakers have understood the tremendous potential of cinema to shape historical consciousness as perspicaciously and courageously as Chilean documentarian Patricio Guzmán (b. 1941). In...
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SCW photos to be added to European online digital archive

February 8, 2011
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The ArtDaily reports:

Work begins this week to add over 5 million digital objects, ranging from Spanish civil war photographs and handwritten letters from philosopher Immanuel Kant, to Europeana from 19 of Europe’s leading research and university libraries.

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SCW films at Portland Festival

February 8, 2011
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This year's Portland International Film Festival (February 10-26) features several Spanish Civil War-inspired movies, including Alex de la Iglesia's The Last Circus (Balada triste de trompeta), Agustí Villaronga's Black Bread (Pa negre), and Oriol Porta's A War in Hollywood (Hollywood vs. Franco). More details here.
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Press TV covers Spanish exhumations

February 8, 2011
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Press TV covers Spanish exhumations

The Iranian Press TV today features an item on the ongoing exhumations of mass graves in Spain. Includes 2:30 minute video.

After nearly four decades ... the Spanish government ratified a law authorizing exhumation of the war's mass graves.  Since that time, however, a mere ten percent of the burials...
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Cercas’ book on the 1981 coup reviewed

February 8, 2011
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Cercas’ book on the 1981 coup reviewed

Anne Chisholm, in this Sunday's Telegraph, and Michael Eaude, in the Independent, review Javier Cercas' Anatomy of a Moment, a prize-winning fictionalized history of the failed February 1981 coup:

The Anatomy of a Moment is extensively researched, rigorous with the facts. It is not only history, though, for where...
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In search of the fallen at Jarama

February 8, 2011
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In search of the fallen at Jarama

A team of researchers directed by Luis Avial has been scanning the surroundings of the Jarama river--where the Lincoln Battalion faced its first bloody battle in February 1937--in search of the graves of fallen soldiers, La Razón reports. The researchers are confident they may well discover mass graves with the remains of British,...
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Fraser reviews Casanova’s Republic & SCW

February 8, 2011
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Fraser reviews Casanova’s Republic & SCW

Ronald Fraser, author of the pathbreaking oral history Blood of Spain, reviews Julián Casanova's newly translated The Spanish Republic and Civil War (Cambridge, 2010) in the most recent issue of the New Left Review:

The belief that the Spanish Civil War can essentially be reduced to a struggle...
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IBMT Newsletter

February 7, 2011
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IBMT Newsletter

Jim Jump sends us the new IBMT Newsletter with, as usual, a wealth of information: obits for Sam Lesser and Penny Feiwel, news on the Jubilee Gardens IB Memorial and a full overview of all UK memorials, information on the possible location of George Nathan's grave, an announcement of a new play on...
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Spaniards and Latinos in the International Brigades

February 6, 2011
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Spaniards and Latinos in the International Brigades

Last year, when Sebastiaan Faber and I tried to identify the black IBer portrayed in a picture by the great photographer Centelles, we came across a great many documents that would help a patient historian tell the relatively unknown story of the US-based volunteers from Spain and from Spanish-speaking America who joined...
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Human Rights and Global Wrongs

February 6, 2011
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Human Rights and Global Wrongs

ALBA and Veterans for Peace are proud to announce the Annual ALBA Bill Susman Lecture by Marjorie Cohn,  editor of The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse (NYU Press, 2011), past president of the National Lawyers Guild, professor of law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and author of three other books (see www.marjoriecohn.com): "Human...
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