An ALBA Institute. Why the Spanish Civil War Still Matters: Intercultural Connections, History, and Human Rights
April 14 @ 8:00 am - April 26 @ 5:00 pm$60
Cheri Robinson, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Department of Language & Literature at Dickinson State University (DSU), email@example.com. ALBA Institute Faculty/Instructors; Juli Highfill, Professor of Spanish Literature and Culture in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan. Aaron Retish, Professor of History, Department of History at Wayne State University.
5 hours of online work (April 14-26); 2 hours for a documentary screening on Friday, April 17 (6-8 pm), in Beck Auditorium (Klinefelter) at DSU; and 8 hours for the ALBA Institute on Saturday, April 18 (8-5 pm), in Beck Auditorium (Klinefelter) at Dickinson State University, 291 Campus Drive, Dickinson, ND 58601.
“An ALBA Institute. Why the Spanish Civil War Still Matters: Intercultural Connections, History, and Human Rights,” as a professional development course and workshop, will be interdisciplinary in nature. In other words, it should appeal to teachers of history, world literature, languages, social studies, librarians, and teachers interested in adding intercultural perspectives to their teaching. The institute or workshop will serve as a forum for local high school teachers, DSU faculty, and future teachers to meet and collaborate while learning about the international implications of the Spanish Civil War (SWC), Human Rights, and why teaching the SCW still matters. Participants will benefit from a lecture by experts in the field, primary and secondary materials, and a hands-on lesson-planning workshop.
“The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA, www.alba-valb.org) is an educational non-profit dedicated to promoting social activism and the defense of human rights. ALBA’s work is inspired by the American volunteers of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade who fought and died fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39)” (“ALBA Institutes for High-School Teachers”).
ALBA INSTITUTE/FACULTY INSTRUCTORS
Juli Highfill holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. She is a Professor of Spanish Literature and Culture in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the society and culture of Spain in the 1920s and 30s, a period of rapid modernization and political change. In her teaching, she regularly offers courses on the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. She is the author of Modernism and Its Merchandise: The Spanish Avant-garde and Material Culture, 1920-1930 (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014). Her current book project is on cinema, spectatorship, and politics: Images in Flight: Popular and Political Affect in Spanish Film, 1920-1940.
Aaron Retish holds a PhD from The Ohio State University and is a specialist in modern European history with a specialization in late Imperial and early Soviet history. He is the author of Russia’s Peasants in Revolution and Civil War: Citizenship, Identity, and the Creation of the Soviet State, 1914-1922, a regional study of how peasants’ conceptions of themselves as citizens evolved in a time of total war, mass revolutionary politics, and civil breakdown. He is completing a book on local courts in the early Soviet period and co-edits Revolutionary Russia, the leading journal in its field. He also serves on the Board of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives and is associate editor of its journal The Volunteer.
The key foci of this course will be an exploration of the Spanish Civil War, its connections to the US and the fight against fascism, other international and intercultural ties that link the SCW to WWII and human rights issues, and adaptability of the information and materials for the classroom.
For the online portion of the course, participants will read about the Spanish Civil War, its connection to the US, and the new, unique role women played. They will also explore ALBA’s online archives (www.alba-valb.org) and engage in online discussions revolving around the readings, archival materials, and a documentary.
The 2018 documentary we will be screening is Militiawomen: The Women Who Fought the Spanish Civil War or Milicianas by directors Tània Balló and Jaume Miró. After the documentary and ALBA Institute, participants will finalize the lesson plan(s) they began working on at the Institute. Final versions of lesson plans will be due on April 26.
To participate in online discussions, each participant must have access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection and a Web browser that will support the use of the Blackboard learning management system. For questions regarding technology requirements, please contact Dickinson State University’s Technology Education and Resource Center (TREC) at 701-483-2166 or https://dickinsonstate.edu/about/directory/#technology-resource-and-education-center.
For the online portion, each participant will have access to readings via Blackboard and ALBA’s website.
Militiawomen: The Women Who Fought the Spanish Civil War or Milicianas will be screened in Beck Auditorium.
At the Institute, participants will be provided with a selection of primary-source materials related to the SCW. Materials include letters, speeches, photographs, posters, and other items, most taken from the ALBA Collection at NYU’s Tamiment Library. Each binder costs $10 and is included in enrollment costs.
–Develop a better understanding of the cultural, sociopolitical, and historical issues revolving around the Spanish Civil War and why teaching it still matters.
–Explore the new, unique role women played in the SCW.
–Respond to prompts and engage in online and in-person discussions revolving around issues presented in readings, a documentary screening, and at the ALBA Institute.
–Create lesson plan(s) using primary-source materials from ALBA.
• Explore the Spanish Civil War as a reader and a teacher and engage in online and in-person discussions.
• Attend a documentary on women in the SCW.
• Attend and participate in the ALBA Institute.
• Create lesson plan(s) using primary-source materials from ALBA.
Our work together will begin on Tuesday, April 14, and end on Sunday, April 26.
There are 2 hours of online work scheduled prior to in-person events and 3 hours post-events.
There are 2 hours scheduled for a documentary screening on Friday, April 17 (6-8 pm), in Beck Auditorium (Klinefelter) at DSU and 8 hours for the ALBA Institute on Saturday, April 18 (8-5 pm), also in Beck Auditorium (Klinefelter) at DSU.
Online discussion forums will be due by 9:00 pm (Mountain Time). The final project will be lesson plan(s) incorporating primary-source materials from ALBA and will be due by 6:00 pm on April 26.