From Guthrie to Database: ALBA Events Draw Hundreds

February 17, 2023

Nora Guthrie at Brooklyn Book Festival 2012. Photo
editrrix, CC BY-SA 2.0.

Hundreds View Online Event on Biographical Database

On January 29, ALBA’s longtime board member Chris Brooks gave an online presentation about his decades-long work on the biographical database of U.S. volunteers in the Spanish Civil War—the single most-visited part of ALBA’s website. Assisted by ALBA intern and institute alumnus Charlie Christ, as well as Dennis Meaney, our Executive Assistant, Brooks explained how the massive project, which includes close to 2,800 records, continues to grow. After a brief conversation with ALBA chair Sebastiaan Faber, a lively Q&A followed the presentation, a recording of which is available on ALBA’s website and YouTube channel.

Nora Guthrie Featured in Susman Lecture

On December 4, ALBA board member Peter Glazer had a public conversation 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. Ms. Guthrie began her career as a modern dancer, founded the Woody Guthrie Archives in 1992, and is president of the Woody Guthrie Foundation. The lively dialogue, which centered on Woody’s activism and legacy, was followed by a Q&A with the audience. A recording of the entire event is available on ALBA’s YouTube channel.

Tertulia Involves Students

On Tuesday, December 5th, participants gathered at ALBA’s office, while some joined via Zoom to hear former Hunter College student Haley Trunkett interview Peter Hartzman about his mother May Levine Hartzman, who sailed in 1937 and served with the Republican Medical Service as a nurse. More tertulias at ALBA will take place and the general public is invited to join and chat in an informal setting.