Speaker on Spanish Civil War
Feb. 26, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— As a part of the Re-Centering the Humanities initiative, Illinois
Wesleyan will welcome guest speaker Sebastiaan Faber, an expert on the Spanish Civil
War, at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 in Beckman Auditorium of The Ames Library.
To coincide with the event, students in Professor of Hispanic Studies Carmela Ferradáns’
class, The Legacy of the Spanish Civil War, recently produced an interactive exhibit
at The Ames Library. The exhibit, Fighting the “Good” Fight, features documents about
and from the international brigades who volunteered in the war. The documents will
be on display from Feb. 24 through March 7.
The Spanish Civil War, which began in 1936 and ended in 1939, was a battle between
Republicans loyal to the government, and Nationalists, a fascist group that led by
insurgent generals. In support of the Republicans, nearly 40,000 people worldwide
formed International Brigades that traveled to Spain to fight and volunteer. The United
States volunteers were referred to as the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.
As a researcher of the war, Faber serves as chair of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives
(ALBA), which is named after the estimated 2,800 American volunteers. Located in New
York University’s Tamiment Library, ALBA includes a variety of artifacts from the
volunteers and, as an educational non-profit organization, the archives aim to endorse
social activism and protect human rights.
Faber’s research on the Spanish Civil War is focused on the internationalization of
the conflict and the war’s legacy in modern-day Spain. He has published works about
different aspects of the war, including the book, Anglo-American Hispanists and the Spanish Civil War: Hispanophilia, Commitment, and
Discipline, in 2008.
At Oberlin College in Ohio, Faber serves as professor of Hispanic studies, director
of the Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures and is chair of Latin American studies.
He earned a doctorandus from Universiteit van Amsterdam in 1995 and a doctor of philosophy
degree from the University of California, Davis in 1999.
Sponsored by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the event is part of the
Unraveling Inequality course cluster and is free and open to the public.
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at (309) 556-3792.
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