The Perry Rosenstein Cultural Series

Perry Rosenstein Cultural Series:
ALBA Workshops for Everyone

Posters of the Spanish Civil War

Part of the Perry Rosenstein Cultural Series 
Thursday, December 16

Conducted via Zoom by experienced presenters, Jordana Mendelson & Sebastiaan Faber

Tickets are limited. Register now to ensure your participation_

Registration Fee $20. 
Registration Deadline: First Come First Serve

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Jordana Mendelson is an internationally renowned art historian whose research focuses on early twentieth-century visual culture in Spain. The Director of NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, she is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and affiliate faculty in the Department of Art History and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. She is the author of Documenting Spain: Artists, Exhibition Culture, and the Modern Nation 1929-1939 (Penn State University Press, 2005), co-editor of Postcards: Ephemeral Histories of Modernity (Penn State University Press, 2010), and has curated exhibitions at major museums in the US and Spain.

Sebastiaan Faber is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Oberlin College and co-edits, with Peter N. Carroll, ALBA’s quarterly magazine The Volunteer. He regularly writes for the US and Spanish media and is the author, most recently, of Exhuming Franco: Spain’s Second Transition (Vanderbilt, 2021).

Tentative Workshop Schedule 

Nov 18 Hemingway, the Spanish Civil War, and the Lincoln Brigade  
Dec 16 Posters of the Spanish Civil War
Feb 10 Poetry, Fiction & the Spanish Civil War
Feb 22 The Civil War & Spanish immigrants
TBD Women & the Spanish Civil War
TBD Spain and the Holocaust


Inaugural Event

An ALBA Film Screening + Q & A Session:
Invisible Heroes: African Americans in the Spanish Civil War

Sunday, February 21, 2021

The Q &A panel included the film’s co-director Jordi Torrent, historian Robin D.G. Kelley, and former head of Tamiment Library Timothy V. Johnson. The panel was moderated by Lindsay Griffiths, graduate student at Princeton University

Remembering Perry Rosenstein

Perry Rosenstein, Founder and President of the Puffin Foundation, Ltd., passed away in Teaneck, NJ on April 3, 2020, after a brief struggle with the COVID-19 virus.

A successful self-made businessman who was born into a family of Polish immigrants and had grown up in poverty in the Coops cooperative in the Bronx, he remained passionate about assisting have-nots in all walks of society, but especially artists and arts organizations that were often excluded because of “race, gender or social philosophy.” It was in this context of arts—the creation of a major exhibition of Spanish Civil War posters “Shouts from the Wall”—that Perry first befriended ALBA in 1994 and became a partner in shaping our education and cultural programs.

Together with his wife, Gladys Miller Rosenstein, and son Neal Rosenstein, Perry graciously supported a wide range of ALBA’s activities—from the annual ALBA/Susman Lecture series to traveling exhibitions of Children’s Art in Wartime; from ALBA’s innovative Teaching Institutes focusing on anti-fascism to the prestigious ALBA/Puffin Prize for Human Rights Activism, which has honored Bryan Stevenson, Baltasar Garzón, and the Arizona-based organization No More Deaths, among others.

Perry’s Foundation, established in 1983, has also supported environmental organizations (notably the Teaneck, NJ Conservancy); the Puffin Activist Gallery at the Museum of the City of New York and exhibitions on the history of labor in New York and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Another area of Perry’s interest was progressive media outlets, such as the Type Media Center, Democracy Now, The Nation magazine, Jewish Currents, and In These Times.

What made Perry’s contributions unique was the range of his vision. He welcomed new ideas and new organizations, even as he cherished his left-wing background and heritage. He was one of a kind, a man with a broad outlook for the future and a strategy to accomplish it. His legacy will endure in the good work of his Foundation.