San Francisco Bay Area Gala Inspires

November 18, 2022
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San Francisco Bay Area Gala Inspires

Drawing close to 1,000 viewers, ALBA’s Bay Area gala on October 15 offered an inspiring mix of history, music, and activism. Richard Bermack moderated the online event.
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Jeff Chang: “The Lincoln Brigade’s Example Is Poignant and Inspiring”

November 18, 2022
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Jeff Chang: “The Lincoln Brigade’s Example Is Poignant and Inspiring”

Here is the keynote address that Jeff Chang gave at ALBA's 2022 Bay Area Gala. Click here to see the videorecording.
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Nora Guthrie featured in Susman Lecture on December 4

November 18, 2022
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Nora Guthrie featured in Susman Lecture on December 4

Join us on Sunday, December 4, at 3PM EST/12PM PST, for a live Zoom presentation with Nora Guthrie, daughter of singer and activist Woody Guthrie (1912-67), whose recording of Jarama Valley is legendary, and who in 1952 wrote a series of songs against Franco....
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New Online Workshop Offered in March: Teaching Human Rights

November 18, 2022
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New Online Workshop Offered in March: Teaching Human Rights

Continuing its successful model, ALBA is once again joining with the Massachusetts-based Collaborative for Educational Services to offer a five-week online teaching workshop on “The United States and World...
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Rosenstein Series Draws Hundreds; ALBA Presents at Conferences

November 18, 2022
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Rosenstein Series Draws Hundreds; ALBA Presents at Conferences

As this issue goes to press, the ALBA office is busy finalizing the event calendar for January, February and March, which will include online workshops and film screenings as...
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Letter from ALBA: The Education Battlefront

November 18, 2022
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<em>Letter from ALBA:</em> The Education Battlefront

Dear Friends, “There are now states in this country where this document cannot be taught,” a teacher remarked pointedly at one of the two workshops we taught in November....
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Teresita, la cubana: An Intersex Volunteer in the International Brigades

November 18, 2022
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<em>Teresita, la cubana:</em> An Intersex Volunteer in the International Brigades

Nine years ago, Robert Llopis accidentally came across a Cuban volunteer who went by Teresa but whose gender identity was unclear in the archives. A report on his research so far.
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Scholars Launch Online Museum of the Spanish Civil War

November 19, 2022
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Scholars Launch Online Museum of the Spanish Civil War

More than 120 objects displayed in five galleries, with each object accompanied by a 350- to 500-word mini-essay available in both English and Spanish: The new Virtual Museum of the Spanish Civil War is in its first phase but already has a lot to...
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Why Does the Spanish Right Want to “Recover the Historical Memory” of Sephardic Jews?

November 19, 2022
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Why Does the Spanish Right Want to “Recover the Historical Memory” of Sephardic Jews?

Spanish conservatives who have rejected any accounting for Francoist crimes are nevertheless willing to make amends with the descendants of the Sephardic Jews who were expelled five centuries ago. The contradiction is only apparent.
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Human Rights Column: Building Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina

<em>Human Rights Column:</em> Building Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Twenty-seven years after the Dayton Peace Accords ended the bloody war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, ethnic tensions in the region have been etched into law. The Center of Peacebuilding...
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Gonzalo Berger: “Popular Culture Has Flattened the History of the Milicianas.”

November 19, 2022
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Gonzalo Berger: “Popular Culture Has Flattened the History of the <em>Milicianas</em>.”

The Catalan historian Gonzalo Berger, who’s spent years researching the participation of women in the antifascist militias and the Republican army during the Spanish Civil War, has just published...
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City College Reissues Tribute to Lincoln Volunteer Who Died in Spain

November 19, 2022
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City College Reissues Tribute to Lincoln Volunteer Who Died in Spain

Wilfred Mendelson (1915-1938), better known as “Mendy,” was one of thirteen CCNY students, faculty and staff volunteers, out of a total of 60, who died fighting in support of...
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Growing Up Scared: A Memoir

November 19, 2022
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Growing Up Scared: A Memoir

What was it like to grow up as the daughter of a Lincoln vet in Cold-War America?
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Book Review: Garibaldi’s Mixed Legacies

November 19, 2022
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<em>Book Review:</em> Garibaldi’s Mixed Legacies

Enrico Acciai, Garibaldi’s Radical Legacy: Traditions of War Volunteering in Southern Europe (1861–1945). Translated by Victoria Weavil. Abingdon, Oxon./New York, Routledge, 2021.
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Book Review: Women Veterans of the Spanish War

November 19, 2022
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<em>Book Review:</em> Women Veterans of the Spanish War

Isabella Lorusso, Fighting Women: Interviews with Veterans of the Spanish Civil War. London: Freedom Press, 2020.
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Iconic Photograph Prompts Unknown Story

November 19, 2022
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Iconic Photograph Prompts Unknown Story

Earlier this year, ALBA received a note from Alfonso Repullés Buj, a Spaniard in his late sixties from Aragón, about the iconic photograph from the Spanish Civil War in...
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Catalonia’s “Alvah Bessie Program”: FAQs

November 19, 2022
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Catalonia’s “Alvah Bessie Program”: FAQs

In response to the information session held by ALBA and representatives of the Catalan government, below we offer a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Alvah Bessie Program.
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Aaron Lopoff’s Grave Located

November 19, 2022
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Aaron Lopoff’s Grave Located

Ray Hoff found a document in the Comintern Archives from the Military Hospital authorities in Girona stating that Lopoff died in the town of Santa Coloma de Farners.
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Corine Hodges Thornton (1922-2022)

November 19, 2022
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Corine Hodges Thornton (1922-2022)

She lived in California most of her life but never lost the distinctive accent she learned as a daughter of the heartland. Legend has it that she was related...
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Jim Skillman (1946-2022)

November 19, 2022
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Jim Skillman (1946-2022)

James Douglas Skillman, beloved husband, father, grandfather, lifelong soldier in the fight for social justice, and longtime member of the ALBA board and honorary board, passed away October 20,...
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Gwendolyn Midlo Hall (1929-2022)

November 19, 2022
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Gwendolyn Midlo Hall (1929-2022)

Civil rights activist Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall died August 29, 2022, in Guanajuato, Mexico. As a member of a politically liberal family, she engaged in activism from an early...
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New Spanish Memory Law Invites IB Descendants to Apply for Citizenship

November 19, 2022
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New Spanish Memory Law Invites IB Descendants to Apply for Citizenship

Following a majority vote in the Senate, Spain’s new Law of Democratic Memory went into effect on October 21. Presented as an update to the 2007 memory law, the...
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Una combatiente intersexual cubana en las Brigadas Internacionales

November 18, 2022
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Una combatiente intersexual cubana en las Brigadas Internacionales

For an English translation of this article, see here.
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Stay Tuned for ALBA workshops and screenings in the Spring

November 19, 2022
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Stay Tuned for ALBA workshops and screenings in the Spring

As this issue goes to press, the ALBA office is busy finalizing the event calendar for January, February and March, which will include online workshops and film screenings as...
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