A Legacy of Hope and Activism: ALBA Celebrates in the Bay Area

November 6, 2021
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A Legacy of Hope and Activism: ALBA Celebrates in the Bay Area

On September 26, ALBA’s San Francisco Bay Area community organized a stirring, 75-minute program that was streamed live to an audience of hundreds. Hosted by Richard Bermack, the celebration featured footage of a gathering held in late August at the Lincoln Brigade Monument near the Embarcadero, with June Gipson and Deja Abdul-Haqq of the...
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ALBA Announces New Workshops for Teachers and Non-Teachers

November 6, 2021
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ALBA Announces New Workshops for Teachers and Non-Teachers

A new initiative, ALBA Workshops for Everyone, opens our teaching up to the general public. A new teacher workshop is scheduled for early 2022.
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George Watt Award Recognizes New Generation of Students

November 6, 2021
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George Watt Award Recognizes New Generation of Students

This year, the jury of the Watt Essay contest recognized a group of excellent papers written by high school, undergraduate, and graduate students from around the world.
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ALBA Speaks with Giles Tremlett and Authors Curricular Guide

November 6, 2021
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ALBA Speaks with Giles Tremlett and Authors Curricular Guide

ALBA Authors Curricular Guide for Students in Spain ALBA is proud to partner with the Spanish government in the preparation of a curricular guide for high-school students in Spain....
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Bruce Barthol and Barbara Dane: “Music has the power to unite.”

November 6, 2021
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Bruce Barthol and Barbara Dane: “Music has the power to unite.”

As part of the Bay Area event this fall, Bruce Barthol conversed with Barbara Dane. Here are excerpts from their conversation, which is also included in the video recording...
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Letter from ALBA: Dispatch From the Trenches

November 6, 2021
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Letter from ALBA: Dispatch From the Trenches

Given the source of our inspiration, it’s perhaps no surprise that we’ve become used to war-based metaphors when speaking about our work.
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From Mississippi to Madrid: Models for the World

November 6, 2021
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From Mississippi to Madrid: Models for the World

ALBA Honorary Board Member Robin D.G. Kelley spoke in September at ALBA’s Bay Area celebration. Here is the complete text of his address.
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Human Rights Column: Teachers in the Trenches—What’s Behind the Attack on Critical Race Theory?

November 6, 2021
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<em>Human Rights Column:</em> Teachers in the Trenches—What’s Behind the Attack on Critical Race Theory?

CRT is a curious target for legislators and school board members, if only because it is not taught at the K-12 level and only rarely to undergraduates. Today, it’s serving as a red herring to silence the discussion of race and racism across classrooms...
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Faces of ALBA: Peter Glazer

November 6, 2021
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<em>Faces of ALBA:</em> Peter Glazer

Peter Glazer is a world-renowned director and playwright and a professor of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He sits on the ALBA board and is an active leader in ALBA’s Bay Area programs. Peter’s father was the folk...
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Designing a Spanish Language Class on the Civil War & the Transition

November 6, 2021
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Designing a Spanish Language Class on the Civil War & the Transition

Spanish teachers in the ALBA workshops often ask whether they can use the rich and complex material about twentieth-century Spanish history in language classes, even at beginning or intermediate...
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Teaching Francoism in Times of Covid: A College Professor Reports

November 6, 2021
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Teaching Francoism in Times of Covid: A College Professor Reports

How might instructors teach the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and Franco dictatorship (1939-1975) to students who have little prior knowledge of the period? A participant in ALBA’s teaching workshops...
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Pedro Pastor, Singer/Songwriter: “We’re Still Children of the Dictatorship”

November 6, 2021
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Pedro Pastor, Singer/Songwriter: “We’re Still Children of the Dictatorship”

Pedro Pastor, the young Spanish singer/songrwriter who has performed at several ALBA events, has dropped a new album. An interview.
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How Two Pacifists Came to Support the International Brigades

November 6, 2021
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How Two Pacifists Came to Support the International Brigades

Is it possible to be a pacifist and support—or even join—a war? If our criterion is consistency, the answer is clearly no. Yet consistency, for good or for bad,...
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French Exhibit Features Work by Josep Bartolí, Exiled Spanish Artist

November 6, 2021
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French Exhibit Features Work by Josep Bartolí, Exiled Spanish Artist

On September 23, the Camp de Rivesaltes Memorial in southern France celebrated the opening night of “The colors of exile,” an exhibit honoring the life and work of Josep...
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Book Review: Paul Preston on Spanish Political Corruption

November 6, 2021
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<em>Book Review:</em> Paul Preston on Spanish Political Corruption

A People Betrayed: A History of Corruption, Political Incompetence, and Social Division in Modern Spain, by Paul Preston. London: Liveright Press, 2020.
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In Memoriam: Edward Asner (1929-2021)

November 6, 2021
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<em>In Memoriam:</em> Edward Asner (1929-2021)

The actor Ed Asner, who passed away in August, was a tireless activist and a faithful friend of the Veterans of the Lincoln Brigade.
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In Memoriam: Manus O’Riordan (1949-2021)

November 6, 2021
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<em>In Memoriam:</em> Manus O’Riordan (1949-2021)

It’s always sad when someone dies prematurely, but there is some consolation that Manus’s final hours were spent doing what he loved and dedicated to what he did much...
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News from the Tamiment

November 6, 2021
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News from the Tamiment

We do not know at this point what access will look like in the fall, and are awaiting further information from the University administration, who have set policies on access...
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