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Letter from ALBA: Artists and Other Allies

August 14, 2021
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Letter from ALBA: Artists and Other Allies

Dear Friends, “Bringing the past alive” is one way to describe ALBA’s mission. Everything we do, from our lecture series and film screenings to our publications and educational work, is meant to underscore the relevance today of the historic struggle against fascism—a struggle that, we are convinced, can still serve as an example and...
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ALBA & Sousa Mendes Foundation Present Event on Jewish Volunteers

August 14, 2021
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ALBA & Sousa Mendes Foundation Present Event on Jewish Volunteers

About 30 years ago, I spent a long day driving from Long Island to Brandeis and back with two Lincoln vets—Bill Susman and George Watt—when the conversation turned to whether they had gone to Spain in 1937 as Communists or Jews. There was no question what had motivated them, it seemed, as the topic...
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Susman Lecture Highlights Artist Ralph Fasanella

August 14, 2021
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Susman Lecture Highlights Artist Ralph Fasanella

The Susman lecture this year was delivered by Marc Fasanella, son of ALB veteran and artist Ralph Fasanella, who discussed his father’s life and work, including his experience during the Spanish Civil War. Luisais Taveras, a Hunter College undergraduate student, introduced the speaker and led the Q&A session. Luisais had previously interviewed Ralph for...
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Third Online Teacher Workshop Successful

August 14, 2021
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Third Online Teacher Workshop Successful

This summer, ALBA teaching staff offered the third fully online professional development workshop on “The United States and World Fascism: Human Rights from the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond,” together with Rich Cairn of the Collaborative for Educational Services. Some 20 secondary school teachers, from Massachusetts to Washington State, gathered weekly in...
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Join Us in the Bay Area—Twice!

August 14, 2021
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Join Us in the Bay Area—Twice!

ALBA is gearing up for two great Bay Area-based events! Join us for a Gathering at the Monument on Sunday, August 22 to celebrate the newly restored National Monument to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade on the San Francisco Embarcadero (1:30 PM PDT to 4:00 PM PDT). You’ll have a chance to meet June Gipson of My...
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Now Open: The Virtual Museum of Women in War

May 13, 2021
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Now Open: The Virtual Museum of Women in War

The Virtual Museum of Women in War (Museo Virtual de la Mujer Combatiente, MVMC) is now open for visits at www.mujeresenguerra.com. Based on the ongoing work of  a research group led by Gonzalo Berger (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and Tània Balló, the website features a plethora of resources–including materials from Spanish and international archives, provincial...
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Letter from ALBA: Healthcare is a Human Right

May 11, 2021
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Letter from ALBA: Healthcare is a Human Right

Dear Friends, “Health care is a human right,” Neal Rosenstein, the President of the Puffin Foundation, said at our annual gala on May 2. “And yet in a country as wealthy as the United States, health care isn’t a right, but all too often a condition of privilege.” The urgent need for health care...
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Watt Award: Call for Submissions

May 11, 2021
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Watt Award: Call for Submissions

Students around the world are invited to submit their work for ALBA’s annual essay prize. The Watt Award, named in honor of Lincoln Brigade volunteer George Watt, awards outstanding work about any aspect of the Spanish Civil War, the global political or cultural struggles against fascism in the 1920s and 1930s, or the lifetime histories and contributions...
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Inaugural Perry Rosenstein Cultural Series Draws Hundreds

May 11, 2021
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Inaugural Perry Rosenstein Cultural Series Draws Hundreds

Several hundred people from around the world joined on February 21 to attend a panel discussion of the documentary film Invisible Heroes, which tells the story of the African-Americans who joined the Spanish Civil War. The film was made available for screening beforehand. The lively panel featured the director, Jordi Torrent, along with Tim...
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The US and World Fascism: New Teacher Workshops

May 11, 2021
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The US and World Fascism: New Teacher Workshops

From late January through early March, ALBA faculty once again partnered with the Massachusetts-based Collaborative for Educational Services to offer a five-week, online professional development institute for teachers. The workshop drew an enthusiastic and committed group of teachers from the United States and Spain, who developed engaging lesson plans to incorporate the history of...
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