IWU Hosts Workshop on Teaching Spanish Civil War
On Nov. 8, the IWU Department of Educational Studies and the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice hosted a professional development workshop for teachers devoted to the study of the
Spanish Civil War.
Led by Professors Sebastiaan Faber of Oberlin College and Peter Carroll of Stanford
University – who chair the board and serve as board chair emeritus of the Abraham
Lincoln Brigade Archives Organization, respectively – 25 teachers, student teachers,
and faculty participated in the day-long event.
Illinois Wesleyan's Carmela Ferradans, professor of Hispanic Studies, and Irv Epstein,
professor and chair of Educational Studies and director of the Center for Human Rights
and Social Justice, were also involved in workshop programming, as were Tracy Freeman
of Normal Community West High School and Megan Novotny of Evans Junior High School.
As noted on its website, "The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives is an educational non-profit dedicated to
promoting social activism and the defense of human rights, whose work is inspired
by the brave American volunteers of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade who fought and died
fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War."