Interviews

“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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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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Peter N. Carroll: “I’m an Anarchist.”

May 20, 2022
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Peter N. Carroll: “I’m an Anarchist.”

Peter N. Carroll—renowned historian, poet, and (co-)editor of this magazine for more than twenty years—has been involved with ALBA for four decades. Time for a tribute.
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Florida Chamber Group Tells Abraham Lincoln Brigade Story Through Music

February 11, 2022
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Florida Chamber Group Tells Abraham Lincoln Brigade Story Through Music

In December 2021 and January 2022, the South Florida Chamber Ensemble (SFCE) performed Extranjeros, a program about the Spanish Civil War and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Written by Myrna Meeroff and produced in partnership with ALBA, the program featured music and texts from Manuel de Falla, María Rodrigo, Joaquín Rodrigo, Federico García Lorca, Joaquín...
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Pedro Pastor, Singer/Songwriter: “We’re Still Children of the Dictatorship”

November 6, 2021
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Pedro Pastor, Singer/Songwriter: “We’re Still Children of the Dictatorship”

Pedro Pastor, the young Spanish singer/songrwriter who has performed at several ALBA events, has dropped a new album. An interview.
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Faces of ALBA: Peter Glazer

November 6, 2021
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<em>Faces of ALBA:</em> Peter Glazer

Peter Glazer is a world-renowned director and playwright and a professor of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He sits on the ALBA board and is an active leader in ALBA’s Bay Area programs. Peter’s father was the folk singer Tom Glazer. You have written several plays and musicals...
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Bruce Barthol and Barbara Dane: “Music has the power to unite.”

November 6, 2021
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Bruce Barthol and Barbara Dane: “Music has the power to unite.”

As part of the Bay Area event this fall, Bruce Barthol conversed with Barbara Dane. Here are excerpts from their conversation, which is also included in the video recording of the event. 
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“Many Are Blissfully Unaware of the Parallels between the 1930s and Today”

August 14, 2021
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“Many Are Blissfully Unaware of the Parallels between the 1930s and Today”

Simon Deefholts and Kathryn Phillips-Miles are the driving force behind the Clapton Press, which has been issuing “Memories of 1930s Spain,” including both previously unpublished memoirs and new editions of books that were long out of print.
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“Histories of the International Brigades Have Focused Too Much on Europe and North America.”

August 14, 2021
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“Histories of the International Brigades Have Focused Too Much on Europe and North America.”

It has taken him twenty years, but the book is finally here. The Biographical Dictionary of Argentine volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, by Jerónimo Boragina, has just been published in Spain by the Friends of the International Brigades (AABI).
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