Author Archive for Sebastiaan Faber

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 part of the ongoing Perry Rosenstein Cultural Series. To stay informed, keep an eye out for our email newsletters (sign up through info@alba-valb.org), connect with us...
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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 a new book, Milicianas, that tells some of these women’s stories for a non-specialized audience.
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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 offer to a curious visitor.
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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. We were discussing a letter sent from civil-war Spain by Canute Frankson, a Jamaican-born mechanic who in April 1937 left his home in Detroit to...
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Book Review: Chim Seymour’s Humanist Gaze

August 18, 2022
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<em>Book Review:</em> Chim Seymour’s Humanist Gaze

Carole Naggar. David ‘Chim’ Seymour: Searching for the Light, 1911-1956. De Gruyter, 2022. 294 + x pp.
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“Starting the IBMT is the best thing we’ve ever done.” Checking in with ALBA’s Younger Sister Across the Pond

August 18, 2022
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“Starting the IBMT is the best thing we’ve ever done.” Checking in with ALBA’s Younger Sister Across the Pond

Around the turn of the millennium, the association of British veterans of the Spanish Civil War merged with the Friends of the International Brigades to form the International Brigade Memorial Trust (IBMT), ALBA’s sister organization in the UK. Like ALBA, the IBMT is dedicated to keeping alive the memory of the antifascist volunteers who...
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Yes, Women Did Serve in the People’s Army of the Spanish Republic: Esther Gutiérrez Escoda Sets the Record Straight

August 18, 2022
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Yes, Women Did Serve in the People’s Army of the Spanish Republic: Esther Gutiérrez Escoda Sets the Record Straight

For more than 80 years, historians have ignored the important role played by thousands of women soldiers in the People’s Army of the Spanish Republic. A new dissertation takes a crucial first step to correct the record.
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Letter from ALBA: Keeping Our Ear to the Ground

August 18, 2022
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<em>Letter from ALBA:</em> Keeping Our Ear to the Ground

Dear Friends, Putting together a quarterly magazine is a surefire way to make time fly. As this issue goes to print, your editors are already thinking about the next one, approaching authors, agreeing on word counts, setting deadlines—before we know it, another three months have passed. Since we last wrote, the US Supreme Court...
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Almudena Carracedo, Filmmaker: “We Try to Create a Channel for Empathy.”

May 20, 2022
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Almudena Carracedo, Filmmaker: “We Try to Create a Channel for Empathy.”

At ALBA’s 2022 online gala, I spoke with the Spanish filmmaker Almudena Carracedo, who together with Robert Bahar created The Silence of Others (2018), an award-winning documentary about memory, truth, and justice. Here is the entire conversation.
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Spain and the War in Ukraine: Debates

May 20, 2022
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Spain and the War in Ukraine: Debates

The Russian invasion of Ukraine—which ALBA forcefully condemned—has unleashed a fascinating debate about historical parallels with the Spanish Civil War. A sampling.
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