Susman Lecture

The Susman Lecture is named in honor of Abraham Lincoln Brigade veteran and co-founder of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, William “Bill” Susman (1915-2003.) This series of free lectures has presented in-depth material relating to the Spanish Civil War and other topics every year since 1998. 2016 marks the first year that the Susman Lecture has been presented outside of NYC or the San Francisco Bay Area. Past Susman lecturers include Marjorie Cohn, Helen Graham, Antonio Muñoz Molina, and Baltasar Garzón, who have spoken on topics ranging from human rights and international law and to the history of progressive political activism the International Brigades.

Susman Lecture 2022:

Conversation with Nora Guthrie

Sunday, December 4th at 3 PM ET / 12 PM PT

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As part of our Susman Lecture Series, we are happy to host a Conversation with Nora Guthrie and ALBA Board Member Peter Glazer, with a Q&A after!

Nora Guthrie, Woody Guthrie’s daughter, is the President of Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. and from 1994 – 2012 the Founding Director of the Woody Guthrie Archives and President of the Woody Guthrie Foundation. Nora has focused on creating new projects which bring Woody Guthrie’s vast cultural and creative legacy to the public. Over the past 30 years, Nora has worked with diverse artists in all genres of music who have found a new camaraderie with Woody Guthrie, culminating in hundreds of new songs with contemporary artists. She has also produced Grammy winning recordings, book projects, and museum exhibitions expanding on her father’s legacy. She helped created the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, an educational museum and new home of the Woody Guthrie Archives. (Photo by Tina Tschirch)

Peter GlazerTom Glazer’s son, is a director, playwright, and professor in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and joined ALBA’s board in 1996. He conceived and adapted, Woody Guthrie’s American Song, an ensemble musical based on Guthrie’s songs and writings, which had its world premiere on July 20th, 1988 and has had over 100 productions nationwide.


Susman Lecture 2021: 

The Art of Ralph Fasanella

As part of our Susman Lecture Series, we were happy to host a talk on and exhibition of the art of Ralph Fasanella with Ralph’s son, Professor of Art and Architecture Dr. Marc Fasanella.