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Standing with Spain: Michigan Students and the Spanish Civil War

June 14, 2017
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Standing with Spain: Michigan Students and the Spanish Civil War

After the 1936 outbreak of the war in Spain, students at the University of Michigan rallied in support of the Republic. A symposium on March 23-25 featuring Peter Carroll and Robert Cohen commemorated this history of political commitment.
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What Are ALBA’s Workshops Like? A Teacher’s Perspective

June 14, 2017
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What Are ALBA’s Workshops Like? A Teacher’s Perspective

Karen Pleasant, History Department Chair at Stoneleigh Burnham School in Greenfield, Massachusetts, participated in ALBA’s two-day institute this spring. A 17-year veteran in the classroom, she teaches U.S. History and several history classes in the International Baccalaureate curriculum.
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Back in School: ALBA’s New York Institute Considers Crucial Questions

June 14, 2017
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Back in School: ALBA’s New York Institute Considers Crucial Questions

Reflecting a growing interest among Americans about the history of fascism and anti-fascism, and resulting struggles for the rights of citizens and civilians in wartime, ALBA launched a three-day symposium for high school teachers of New York City to explore these themes using primary sources that remain accessible and challenging for their students.
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America and World Fascism: ALBA Takes Its Teaching in a New Direction

June 14, 2017
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America and World Fascism: ALBA Takes Its Teaching in a New Direction

ALBA has expanded the scope of its teaching institutes, moving from the Spanish Civil War to a broader and more ambitious focus on the role of the United States in the world, as well as the moral, political, and judicial aspects of the struggle for human rights. The time is right: “Fascism” was among...
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Letter from ALBA: We Know Where We Stand

June 14, 2017
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Letter from ALBA: We Know Where We Stand

Every day we are inspired by the millions in this country and around the world who engage in acts of resistance against racists and oppressors. Like many of you, we worried about the recent elections in France and the Netherlands and were relatively relieved by the outcome. We were also thrilled to see the...
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ALBA/Puffin Award Honors Proactiva Open Arms’ Refugee Rescue Work

June 14, 2017
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ALBA/Puffin Award Honors Proactiva Open Arms’ Refugee Rescue Work

On April 16, Òscar Camps, Gerard Canals, and Laura Lanuza of Proactiva Open Arms joined ALBA’s annual celebration at the Museum of the City of New York to receive the 2017 ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism. Before the main award ceremony, they were interviewed by Emma Daly of Human Rights Watch. The main...
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London Gallery Reprises 1937 Spanish Pavilion

March 6, 2017
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London Gallery Reprises 1937 Spanish Pavilion

A lovingly curated exhibition goes to great lengths to re-create the impression of the original Spanish Republic’s Pavilion in the famous Paris Exposition of 1937.
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Curator Discovers New Photographs of Lincolns’ Arrival

March 6, 2017
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Curator Discovers New Photographs of Lincolns’ Arrival

This fall, photography curator Joaquín Gasca, while doing research at Catalonia’s National Archive, came across a batch of unpublished photographs documenting the march through Barcelona of one of the first groups of American volunteers joining the Republic’s struggle against Franco’s army. The photographs, taken on January 16, 1937, are by Josep Brangulí (1879-1945) and...
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Update from the Archives: How Relatives Can Help

March 6, 2017
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Update from the Archives: How Relatives Can Help

Fifty years after the end of the Spanish Civil War and one year after the death of the last US volunteer, Tamiment Library’s archives of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade continue to grow.
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Madrid Honors Dr. Norman Bethune with Exhibit

March 6, 2017
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Madrid Honors Dr. Norman Bethune with Exhibit

Norman Bethune, the reputed Canadian pulmonary surgeon who joined the Spanish Civil War as a volunteer for the International Red Aid, witnessed one of the war’s most tragic and least known episodes. A new exhibit in Madrid honors his life and work.
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