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Reading this announcement offers further evidence of the corruption of the academy and in this case, of its acceptance of the official Stalinist version of the Spanish Civil War as a starting point for the "education" of high school teachers. One might better term it miseducation, or to use the Trotskyists' old phrase, teaching via "the Stalinist school of falsification." One can be certain their curriculum will not include the recent important book by Cecil Eby, "Comrades and Commissars: The Abraham Lincoln Battalion in The Spanish Civil War," or the one I co-authored with Mary Habeck, "Spain Betrayed: The Soviet Union in the Spanish Civil War." Ron Radosh -----Original Message----- From: H-Net Network on American communism and anticommunism [mailto:H-HOAC@H-NET.MSU.EDU] On Behalf Of Robert Cherny Sent: Monday, March 08, 2010 11:33 AM To: H-HOAC@H-NET.MSU.EDU Subject: Summer Teachers Institute at Oberlin on Spanish Civil War (Faber) From: Sebastiaan Faber<Sebastiaan.Faber@oberlin.edu> High-School Teachers Institute Ohio and the Spanish Civil War June 13-18, 2010, Oberlin College, OH A week-long interdisciplinary professional-development program for Ohio high-school teachers in Social Studies (History), Spanish, and English Language Arts Six days of lectures, film screenings, discussions and lesson-planning workshops sponsored by Oberlin College, the Ohio Humanities Council and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) Application Deadline: March 17, 2010 Application Form available at http://sites.google.com/a/oberlin.edu/scwinstitute/ High-school teachers who successfully complete the institute will receive: - a $300 stipend; - one non-degree graduate credit; - an instructional packet containing books, videos, and primary source materials; and - a travel allowance& meals during the institute. (Limited funding is available for lodging for teachers who live a distance from Oberlin and cannot commute to and from the Oberlin campus each day for the workshop.) The Spanish Civil War (1936-39) is an outstanding pedagogical tool to introduce the major historical, political, and cultural issues that marked the evolution of twentieth-century history and culture. It can help students understand how political ideas and ideals can shape people's lives and move them to make difficult and sometimes dangerous choices. Almost 3,000 Americans-including more than 100 Ohioans- joined the Spanish fight against fascism. One of the guiding principles of the institute is the notion that the local and the global are closely intertwined, and that examples from close to home can provide a compelling window into the history of the world at large. While providing an introduction to the political, historical, and cultural aspects of the era, the workshop will also focus on the war's impact on the lives of five Ohioans, including David McKelvy White, the son of Ohio governor George White (1931-35) who fought as a volunteer with the Republic, and Salaria Kea of Akron, the only African American woman among the U.S. volunteers, who worked as a nurse in Spain. Featuring presentations by humanities scholars, hands-on research, and curriculum development workshops, the institute will give high-school teachers an introduction to the Spanish Civil War, U.S involvement in the international crises that led to World War II, and the conflict's impact on American culture and society, examining in particular the experiences of five Ohioans involved in the conflict. Primary sources will be a central focus throughout. Participants will work with a carefully selected set of original documents-ranging from personal letters by Ohioans and other Americans who went to Spain, to government reports and oral history sources-as well as with secondary materials in both print and audiovisual format. The workshop is limited to twenty participants. Selection will be based on applicants' demonstrated interest in the subject matter and likelihood that the workshop materials will be incorporated into the classroom. All teachers will be supported throughout the year by ALBA and Oberlin College faculty as they prepare to teach the topic. Applications from interdisciplinary teams at the same school are encouraged. Teachers will be expected to participate in all activities and to complete reading assignments in advance of each day's sessions, including one short book in advance of the workshop, which will be sent to accepted applicants in early May. The workshop will be held on the Oberlin College campus in Oberlin, Ohio, which is located approximately 35 miles southwest of Cleveland. Application Form available at http://sites.google.com/a/oberlin.edu/scwinstitute/ -- Sebastiaan Faber Professor and Chair Dept of Hispanic Studies Oberlin College 50 N Professor St Oberlin, OH 44074-1091 tel.: (440) 775-8189 fax: (440) 775-6888 email:<email@example.com> web: http://www.oberlin.edu/faculty/sfaber