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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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Catalan Government Exhumes Mass Graves

Catalan Government Exhumes Mass Graves

This past July, the Catalan government exhumed three mass graves from the Civil War that may include remains of International Brigade members who died in battle.
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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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Letter from ALBA: Legacies of Activism

August 26, 2019
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Letter from ALBA: Legacies of Activism

It’s late summer, a time when news used to be slow. It no longer is. On the Mediterranean, the fearless life-saving professionals of ProActiva Open Arms, led by the visionary Òscar Camps, are battling narrow-minded, xenophobic European governments for the right to help drowning African migrants safely reach the shores of Italy and Spain....
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