Author Archive for Aaron B. Retish

Students Shine During Pandemic-Era Watt Award

November 14, 2020
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Students Shine During Pandemic-Era Watt Award

Once again, the annual Watt Essay Award received a record number of submissions from around the world. The jury was especially impressed by the high quality of nearly all the submissions this year. Considering that these students produced this inspiring work during a pandemic as their schools or universities were moving to remote learning...
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“Black radicals not only anticipated the rise of fascism; they resisted before it was considered a crisis.” An Interview with Robin D.G. Kelley

November 14, 2020
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“Black radicals not only anticipated the rise of fascism; they resisted before it was considered a crisis.” <em>An Interview with Robin D.G. Kelley</em>

Robin D.G. Kelley is the Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA. The author of many books, including a biography of Thelonious Monk, he co-edited "This Ain't Ethiopia, But It'll Do": African-Americans and the Spanish Civil War (1990) and currently serves on ALBA’s Honorary Board.
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December Preview: Robin D.G. Kelley on Antifascism, Then & Now

October 23, 2020
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<em>December Preview:</em> Robin D.G. Kelley on Antifascism, Then & Now

A preview of a Q&A with Robin D.G. Kelley that will appear in the December issue of The Volunteer.
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Faces of ALBA: Photography Curator Cynthia Young

August 27, 2020
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<em>Faces of ALBA:</em> Photography Curator Cynthia Young

Cynthia Young recently joined ALBA’s Board of Governors.  She is the curator of the Robert Capa and Cornell Capa Archive at the International Center of Photography.  Cynthia has also curated exhibits and published several books on Capa and other leading contemporary photographers.
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Faces of ALBA: Jack Mayerhofer

June 2, 2020
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Faces of ALBA: Jack Mayerhofer

Jack Mayerhofer is the newest member of the ALBA Board of Governors and its freshest face.  A leading figure in the protection human rights and the development of education programs to prevent mass atrocities across the globe, Jack holds a B.S. in French and Applied Linguistics from Penn State University and an M.S. in...
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“We cannot close our eyes to injustice.” Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha Gives the 2020 Susman Lecture

May 2, 2020
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“We cannot close our eyes to injustice.” Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha Gives the 2020 Susman Lecture

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who gained national prominence by exposing the Flint, Michigan water crisis in 2015, presented ALBA’s annual Susman Lecture to a packed auditorium on the Wayne State campus in Detroit, Michigan on January 27.
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ALBA Awards 21st Annual Watt Prizes

December 15, 2019
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ALBA Awards 21st Annual Watt Prizes

Students from around the world once again applied to ALBA’s Watt Essay contest, which recognizes academic projects and essays about the Spanish Civil War. This year, five prizes were awarded.
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Faces of ALBA: Eric Levenson

August 26, 2019
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Faces of ALBA: Eric Levenson

This summer, Eric Levenson and his family visited Spain to pass along his father’s memory to the next generations, following on an earlier visit to the country in 2002. Eric’s father, Leonard Levenson (1913-2005), arrived in Spain in June 1937. He fought with the Lincoln Battalion as well as with the Canadian Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion,...
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Faces of ALBA: Dean Burrier Sanchis

March 9, 2019
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Faces of ALBA: Dean Burrier Sanchis

Dean Burrier Sanchis is a Spanish teacher and soccer coach in Elk Grove, Illinois. He also has a deep personal connection to the Spanish Civil War. Dean has spent several years uncovering and documenting the life story of his grandfather and Lincoln veteran Vicente Sanchis Amades.
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Watt Prize Draws Record Number of Submissions

December 29, 2018
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Watt Prize Draws Record Number of Submissions

This year’s George Watt Essay contest for the best student writing on the Spanish Civil War is receiving well-deserved attention from around the world as a record number of students submitted their essays and poetry, nearly doubling the previous number of submissions last year.
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