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2016 Calendar

End of the Year Brunch in New York, Sunday December 11th.

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Please join the NY ALBA community for a brunch and conversation with award-winning author Tim Weiner to reflect on 2016 and the year to come. 
Tim Weiner has won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his reporting and writing on American national security. As a correspondent for The New York Times, he covered the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon in Washington, and reported on war and terrorism from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Sudan, and many other nations over the course of 15 years. 
12PM to 2PM

Spanish Benevolent Society
239 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011
Tapas, paella, coffee, tea, and drinks included. 
Single Tickets $45 ($60 at the door)
Family Pack 3 tickets for $120
Student tickets available for $20

ALBA recommends in NYC! Tuesday, November 29 at 6 PM 

The Spanish Civil War and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade: 80 Years Later 

A discussion with William Loren Katz and Josephine Nelson Yurek.

The Tamiment Library
70 Washington Square S.
New York, NY 10012

Willam Loren Katz is the co-author of The Lincoln Brigade: A Picture History (WPF & Stock, 3rd edition, 2013). Katz, a highly-acclaimed author of forty books on American history, and Marc Crawford twice traveled to post-Franco Spain (1986, 1988) with veterans of the racially-integrated Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Using interviews with veterans and rare photos, this Third updated edition carries the Brigades’ heroic struggle for civil rights, and peace and against U.S. interventions abroad into the 21st century.

Josephine Nelson Yurek is a member of the Board of Governors of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, and is active in the “Friends and Family of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.” Her father, Steve Nelson, was a volunteer in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. She retired as a New York City school administrator.

Copies of The Lincoln Brigade: A Picture History will be available for purchase. A reception with wine and cheese will follow. This event is sponsored by the Frederic Ewen Center. 

RSVP: email with guest name(s) & title of event.


ALBA recommends in NYC! Tuesday, November 29 at 6PM

Victoria Kent y Louis Crane: Un exilio compartido

In Conversation: Elvira Lindo and Carmen de la Guardia

 Vitoria Kent

In Spanish / English with simultaneous translation

Instituto Cervantes
211 E 49th St.
New York, NY 10017

Two of the most interesting women of their generation present us to their network of friends: Victoria Ocampo, Gabriela Mistral, Elizabeth Bishop, Marianne Moore, Carmen Conde, Ana Maria Matute. They will tell us about their acheivements in one of the most cosmopolitan cities of the world: New York City, where they have spent 37 collaborating.

They will show us their unedited photos part of the Louise Crane and Victoria Kent Papers held at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library..

Nos acercaremos, a través de las vidas de dos de las mujeres más interesantes de su generación a analizar su red de amigas –Victoria Ocampo, Gabriela Mistral, Elizabeth Bishop, Marianne Moore, Carmen Conde, Ana María Matute…-y los logros conseguidos por ambas, en una de las ciudades más cosmopolitas: Nueva York, donde compartieron vida y proyectos durante 37 años.

Se mostrarán fotos, muchas de ellas inéditas, de estas mujeres modernas procedentes de los Louise Crane and Victoria Kent Papers y depositados en la Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.





Bay Area Events to Commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Spanish Civil War

Special Performance of Heart of Spain 

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Guerra Civil @ 80 - Bancroft Library Display of Spanish Civil War Collection

Launches September 1, 2016
Bancroft/Doe Corridor, Bancroft Library UCB
10am–5pm Monday to Friday

Incite the Spirit

Incite the Spirit - Poster Art of the Spanish Civil War 193639

September 6 through December 16 10am–4pm, Monday to Friday


Adam Hochschild discusses the writing and research behind his new book: Spain in our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 19361939

Morrison Room, Doe Library UCB
September 14, 5pm

Adam Hochschild discusses his new book: Spain in our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 19361939

Introduced by Edward Wasserman, Dean of the School of Journalism UCB
Geballe Room, Townsend Center for the Humanities, 220 Stephens Hall UCB
September 21, 12pm



Poetry of the Spanish Civil War – Readings by Berkeley Poets

Hosted by Robert Hass and Lyn Hejinian
Durham Studio Theater, Dwinelle Hall 
Wednesday, October 4, 2016, 7pm


The Good Fight (1986) directed by Noel Buckner, Mary Dore, Sam Sills with short Guernica (1950) directed by Alan Hessens and Alain Resnais

Introduced by Peter N. Carroll, Chair Emeritus, Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Thursday, October 13th, 2016, 7pm


80th Anniversary Celebration of the Spanish Civil War - October 23

Heart of Spain – A Musical of the Spanish Civil War

Information on how to buy tickets coming soon!

UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies
Zellerbach Playhouse
October 23 at 2pm (special performance for ALBA)

Meet the Authors – Heart of Spain co-authors Peter Glazer and Eric Peltoniemi

Interviewed by Philip Kan Gotanda
Zellerbach Playhouse
After 2pm Matinee Performance, Sunday, October 23, 5:30–6pm

Reception for the ALBA Community 

October 23 5–7pm
Alumni House


Investigative Reporting and Human Rights

A Discussion with Lydia Cacho and Jeremy Scahill, co-recipients of the 2016 ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism

Moderated by Kate Doyle, Senior Analyst at the National Security Archive
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 6:30pm
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street)
New York, NY 10029
Register online here

Use the code SPAIN for $10 tickets (regularly $16)!

This program is cosponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives as well as the Puffin Foundation and accompanies the exhibition Activist New York. All proceeds go to the Museum of the City of New York.


Susman Lecture (Detroit)

Spain in Our HeartsAdam Hochschild: Spain in our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1906 - 1939
Friday, June 17, 2016

Birmingham Temple
28611 Twelve Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334


1 pm

Adam Hochschild, journalist and acclaimed author of King Leopold's Ghost, and To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, will present his latest book, Spain in Our Hearts, a sweeping history the Spanish Civil War told through a dozen characters, including Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell: a tale of idealism, heartbreaking suffering, and a noble cause that failed.
Reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to
With the support of the Wayne State University Abraham Lincoln Brigade Veterans Scholarship Committee and the Society of Active Retirees.
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80th Annual Celebration (New York)

Saturday, May 7, 2016

333 East 47th St.
New York, NY 10017

Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War and the arrival of the International Brigades.

Presenting the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism to Lydia Cacho and Jeremy Scahill.

“This award recognizes and encourages individuals or groups whose work has a positive impact on the advancement and/or defense of human rights. Jeremy Scahill and Lydia Cacho have courageously used their investigative journalism to expose reactionary forces and the information they wish to conceal.”
Perry Rosenstein, Puffin Foundation President
“Cacho and Scahill both shine as rare examples of investigative journalists who place human rights at the center of their work.”
- Kate Doyle, ALBA board member and 2012 award recipient

Pre-Event Benefit, 12:00 – 2:00pm 
(doors open at 11:45am)

[Murase Room]
Join ALBA for a conversation on investigative reporting with Lydia Cacho and Jeremy Scahill, moderated by Martin Hodgson, International Editor for The Guardian US. 

80th Annual Celebration, 2:30  4:15pm (doors open at 1:45pm)

Features the presentation of the sixth annual ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism to Lydia Cacho and Jeremy Scahill for their outstanding investigative journalism.
With music of the Spanish Civil War by Albert MarquèsVelina Brown and Barbez

Reception to follow

Honorary Committee: Vinie Burrows, Alfonso Cuarón, and Naomi Klein
Host Committee: Peter Carroll, Daniel Czitrom, Anthony Geist, Fraser Ottanelli, Ellyn Polshek, Nancy Wallach, and Josie Yurek               


Puffin Foundation


Day of Dignity: One Day Human Rights Documentary Film Series

Saturday, April 16, 2016
Essex County College
303 University Ave. 
Newark, NJ 07102


9 am - 10:30 am  Damiana Kryygi (Alejandro Fernández Mouján, 2015)
10:45 am - 12 pm Songs of Redemption (Miquel Galofré, 2013)
Q&A with filmmaker  Miquel Galofré
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Seeds of Conflict (Ben Loeterman, 2015)
1:45pm - 2:45 pm Poetry of Witness (William Tooma, 2015)
Q&A with  William Tooma and Anthony Cirillo
3:15pm - 4:3 0pm Invisible Heroes (Jordi Torrent and Alfonso Domingo, 2014)
Q&A with filmmaker Jordi Torrent


Featuring unseen documentaries from Impugning Impunity: ALBA's Human Rights Documentary Film Festival and presentations from filmmakers and other special guests.

Screenings are free and open to the public. Check out the Facebook page here.


Spain in ArmsBrooklyn at War: Spain 1936-1939

Opening: Thursday, April 14, 2016
Brooklyn College Library
2900 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11210 

In the spring of 1937 some twenty students from Brooklyn College volunteered to fight in Spain. This unique exhibit, curated by Professor Alejandro Alonso (Modern Languages and Literature, Brooklyn College), in partnership with ALBA, will cover three aspects: political life on campus in the 30s; the impact of the Spanish Civil War and the debates and confrontations that took place there; and the presence of Spanish Exiles in the campus.
There will be two panel discussions in the Tanger Auditorium (Brooklyn College Library) on the day of the exhibit's opening-- the first at 2:15 (pm) and the second at 4:30 (pm)--, and then there will be a small inaugural reception at 6:00 (pm). 

A Distant Heartbeat: A Conversation with Author Eunice Lipton

Eunice LiptonMonday, April 11, 2016
The Strand Bookstore
Rare Book Room, 3rd Floor
828 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

Eunice Lipton discusses her latest book A Distant Heartbeat: A War, a Disappearance, and a Family's Secrets in conversation with Tim Teeman, Culture Editor at The Daily Beast. They will delve into Lipton's family’s buried history of heroism and political passion but also envy, revenge, and betrayal. Watch a trailer for the book here.
Note: this event is supported by ALBA. The Strand requires purchase of a copy of A Distant Heartbeat or a $15 gift card to attend. All proceeds go to The Strand. Click here for more information and to reserve your place online.
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How Franco Was Kept Neutral in WWII: New Evidence

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Instituto Cervantes
211 E. 49th St.
New York, NY 10017

Historian Angel Viñas in conversation with James Fernández, ALBA Board Vice-Chair and Professor of Spanish and Portugues at NYU.
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Spain in Our Hearts: A Book Presentation by Author Adam Hochschild  

Spain in Our Hearts

Thursday, March 31, 2016
McNally Jackson Bookstore
52 Prince St.
New York, NY 10012

Award-winning author Adam Hochschild presents his new book Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939. The book is a sweeping history of the Spanish Civil War, told through a dozen characters, including Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell: a tale of idealism and heartbreaking suffering.

Hochschild will be introduced by Spanish Consul Juan José Herrera de la Muela. 

With the support of McNally Jackson, the International Center of Photography, and the Consulate General of Spain in New York. 

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The French-Spanish Resistance (1936-1950): A Book Presentation by Author Mario Martín Gijón

Mario Martin

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Instituto Cervantes
211 E. 49th St.
New York, NY 10017

Mario Martín Gijón, Associate Professor at the University of Extremadura (Spain), will present his new book La Resistencia franco-española (1936-1950) in conversation with Germán Labrador, Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at Princeton University since 2008.

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