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Franco Exhumation Covered by NPR

December 15, 2019
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Franco Exhumation Covered by NPR

One of ALBA co-chairs was interviewed on National Public Radio’s Here and Now to talk about the exhumation, on October 24, of former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco from his tomb at the Valley of the Fallen.
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Bryan Stevenson’s Memoir Inspires Major Feature Film

December 15, 2019
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Bryan Stevenson’s Memoir Inspires Major Feature Film

Just Mercy, the bestselling memoir by ALBA/Puffin Award winner Bryan Stevenson, has inspired a film featuring Michael B. Jordan (who plays Stevenson), Jamie Foxx, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, and Brie Larson. It tells the true story of Walter McMillian, an Alabama man on death row who appeals his murder conviction with...
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Bob Merriman Commemorated in Berkeley and Spain

December 15, 2019
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Bob Merriman Commemorated in Berkeley and Spain

Robert Hale Merriman, the commander of the Lincoln Battalion who mysteriously disappeared during the Battle of Teruel in early April 1938, has been drawing attention. Milton Zerman, a history major at UC Berkeley, has been raising $1,000 to place a plaque commemorating Merriman and his wife, Marion, outside the Virginia Street apartment building where...
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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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Fighting the Black Hole: Teaching Twentieth-Century History through Comics in Spain

December 15, 2019
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Fighting the Black Hole: Teaching Twentieth-Century History through Comics in Spain

Spanish high schools often cover the Civil War and Francoism only sporadically and superficially. A new book with lesson plans based on graphic novels hopes to improve the situation. Was Francisco Franco a dictator? The question seems silly. Yet in the days following Franco’s exhumation from the Valley of the Fallen this fall, a...
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ALBA Teaches Teachers in Five States, Co-Sponsors Film Screening

December 15, 2019
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ALBA Teaches Teachers in Five States, Co-Sponsors Film Screening

This past October and November, ALBA staff have worked with high school teachers in Ohio, New York, and New Jersey, offering full-day workshops on “The United States and World Fascism: Human Rights from the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond.” In November, ALBA also offered two workshops for educators at the Conference on...
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Letter from ALBA: For an Anti-Fascist Education

December 15, 2019
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Letter from ALBA: For an Anti-Fascist Education

How can we leverage our educational system into a building block for an anti-fascist front? This has long been the key question behind ALBA’s work.
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Emilio Silva Back in New York City

December 15, 2019
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Emilio Silva Back in New York City

Emilio Silva, the founder of the ALBA/Puffin Award-winning Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory (ARMH), was back in New York City in October as part of a North-American tour. His New York visit included a screening of Bones of Contention, a documentary by Andrea Weiss about Spanish efforts to locate and exhume victims...
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Restoration of San Francisco Monument Nears Completion; Inauguration Planned for May

December 15, 2019
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Restoration of San Francisco Monument Nears Completion; Inauguration Planned for May

After more than a year of work, the restoration of the largest United States monument dedicated to the volunteers who fought fascism in Spain, at the end of San Francisco’s Market Street, across the Embarcadero from the Ferry Building, is nearing completion. Designed by Walter Hood and Ann Chamberlain, the monument consists of 44...
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Ramón Sender Movie Screening at King Juan Carlos Center on Nov. 19

November 13, 2019
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Ramón Sender Movie Screening at King Juan Carlos Center on Nov. 19

Spanish Republican Exile / Intimate Portraits: Sender Barayón. A Trip into the Light (2019) Venue: KJCC Auditorium // 53 Washington Square South, NYC November 19, 2019 7:00 pm Sender Barayón. A Trip to the Light (2019) Documentary , Dir. Luis Olano Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes In English US premiere From the Spanish Civil...
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