Upcoming Events: Communists in Closets and a New Series of Online Film Workshops

May 24, 2024

ALBA Celebrates Pride Month

On Tuesday, June 25 at 3 pm ET/12 noon PT, ALBA will once again commemorate LGBTQ Pride month with an online event entitled “Telling Our Stories,” featuring Shannon O’Neill and Bettina Aptheker. O’Neill, Curator for the Tamiment-Wagner Collections at NYU Special Collections and ex-officio ALBA board member, will re-acquaint us with the ALBA archives and highlight the importance of telling the stories of LGBTQ volunteers and the challenges involved. Aptheker will discuss her book Communists in Closets: Queering the History 1930s–1990s. Drawing on the ALBA collection, among other archives, the book recounts the struggles of the Party to come to grips with the many LGBTQ folks among its rank-and-file. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session. All are welcome. This promises to be a lively and informative session—don’t miss it!

Peter N. Carroll Anti-Fascist Education Fund: ALBA Film Series to Kick Off This Summer

This summer, ALBA is kicking off a monthly film discussion series made possible by the newly created Peter N. Carroll Anti-Fascist Education Fund. The series will introduce feature-length movies about the Spanish Civil War, including both classics and more recent work. Participants will meet online in 75-minute workshop-style gatherings, each led by a different expert, after viewing both the film and a specially produced introductory video. The series is open to all teachers (K-12 and college) as well as the general public. We will open on July 16 with a workshop led by Sebastiaan Faber on Guillermo del Toro’s fascinating 2001 film The Devil’s Backbone (El espinazo del diablo). For more details, keep an eye on ALBA’s email newsletter and the event calendar at alba-valb.org/eventcalendar.