Emilio Silva Barrera has a degree in Political Sociology from the Complutense University of Madrid and has the title of University Expert in Qualitative Sociology. He has practiced journalism for years. He was director of content for the television program Caiga que Caiga (Tele 5, 2004-2008). He has collaborated with numerous media outlets: Diario 16, El País, El Semanal, Público, ElDiario.es. He has worked in the communication offices of the municipalities of Rivas Vaciamadrid and Alcala de Henares. In 2000, he promoted the exhumation of the mass grave in which the remains of his grandfather and thirteen other Republican civilians murdered by Falangist gunmen on October 16, 1936 were found. His grandfather, Emilio Silva Faba, who lived between 1920 and 1925 in Bridgeport (Connecticut) and New York, is the first disappeared by the repression of the Franco dictatorship identified by a DNA test. He is the author of "Franco's graves: chronicle of a reparation" (Temas de hoy, 2005); The three little pigs, from the perspective of an eviction (Editorial Alkibla, 2015) and Holes in silence: lines of memory against the impunity of Francoism (Postmetróplolis, 2020). In addition, he is co-editor of "The memory of the forgotten: a debate on the silence of Franco's repression" (Ámbito, 2004) and of "Memory policies and citizenship construction" (Postmetropolis, 2015).
Cristina Pérez Jiménez (she/her/ella) is an Associate Professor of English at Manhattan College, where she specializes in U.S. Latinx and Caribbean cultural studies with a focus on race and ethnicity, migration and diaspora studies, urban studies, especially NYC, and histories of the left and ethnic social movements. She is the co-editor of a bilingual scholarly edition of Guillermo Cotto-Thorner’s Manhattan Tropics/Trópico en Manhattan (Arte Público, 2019) and her research has appeared in Revista Hispánica Moderna, Latino Studies, Post45, Small Axe, CENTRO Journal, among other venues. Dr. Pérez Jiménez is currently completing a book called Here to Stay: The Making of Latinx New York, which explores the emergence of a distinctive New York Latinx cultural identity during the sociopolitical conjuncture of the 1930s and 1940s, and developing a public humanities, digital project entitled “The Latino Catskills.”
Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a Charles Stewart Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, an associate professor of pediatrics and human development, as well as the founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint, Michigan. A pediatrician, scientist, activist and author, Dr. Hanna-Attisha has testified four times before the United States Congress and was awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America. She was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and recognized as one of USA Today’s Women of the Century for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts, and most recently, received the 2020 CDC Foundation’s Fries Prize for Improving Health. A frequent contributor to national media outlets, she is also the founding donor of the Flint Child Health and Development Fund (flintkids.org) and bestselling author.
Shannon O'Neill is the Curator for the Tamiment-Wagner Collections at NYU Special Collections, a department within NYU Libraries, and the repository responsible for the ongoing care, preservation, and access to the Abraham Lincoln Archives Collection and collections of numerous Spanish Civil War veterans. She joined NYU in August of 2019. Prior to NYU, she worked at the Barnard College Archives and Special Collections as its Director, and the Los Angeles Public Library and Atlantic City Free Public Library. She is currently a graduate student in NYU’s Archives and Public History program, working towards a master’s in public history.
Cynthia Young joined the ALBA board in 2020. Since 2000, she has worked at the International Center of Photography, specifically with the Robert Capa Archive. She has curated numerous exhibitions from the collection that have traveled throughout Spain and other countries in Europe and South America. Recent exhibitions include The Mexican Suitcase, the Rediscovered Negatives of the Spanish Civil War by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and Chim; We Went Back: Photographs from Europe by Chim, 1933-1956 and Capa in Color. She recently edited the republication of Death in the Making, Capa’s 1938 photobook of images from Spain.
Jack Mayerhofer joined ALBA’s Board in 2020. He has strong family ties with Spain and a deep interest in the Civil War period and the efforts of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Jack serves as the Deputy Executive Director at the Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities (AIPG), an organization that provides training, education, and technical assistance, primarily to governments to improve their policies for the prevention of identity-based violence. At AIPG, Jack Mayerhofer leads the activities of the organization’s Executive Office in Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Southeast Asia. His research interests include the role that legislators can play in contributing to the prevention of mass atrocities. Both AIPG and ALBA work to ensure that memory and memorialization of the past are used to improve how we protect and promote human rights today. For the past and the present, it is essential that we remember that individuals from all around the world, with no support from their home governments, risked their lives to fight for democracy in a faraway place, not due to any threat to their personal livelihood, but simply because they understood the importance of fighting fascism.
Julia Newman worked in advertising as a producer of television commercials for many years and as a journalist whose writings have appeared in the New York Daily News, Miami Herald, Travel and Leisure, and Metropolitan Home. Her award-winning documentary, Into the Fire: American Women in the Spanish Civil War, was broadcast on Public Television and Spanish Television and is distributed in the U. S. by First Run Features. She was the Executive Director of ALBA for 5 1/2 years.
PETER MILLER is an Emmy and Peabody-award winning filmmaker whose documentaries have screened in cinemas and on television throughout the world. His films include A.K.A. DOC POMUS, JEWS AND BASEBALL: AN AMERICAN LOVE STORY, SACCO AND VANZETTI, and A CLASS APART for PBS’s American Experience, now being adapted as a feature film executive produced by Eva Longoria. His short film THE INTERNATIONALE was short-listed for an Academy Award nomination. Peter co-directed ROBERT SHAW: MAN OF MANY VOICES, winner of three Emmy Awards, for PBS American Masters, as well as the public television documentaries SOSÚA: MAKE A BETTER WORLD and REFUGEE KIDS: ONE SMALL SCHOOL TAKES ON THE WORLD. With his daughter Nora Claire Miller, he recently completed EGG CREAM, a short film about the beloved chocolate soda drink. Most recently, he co-wrote and produced BEDLAM, about the crisis in care for the severely mentally ill, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on PBS Independent Lens. Peter is currently working on DO NO HARM, a 3-part PBS series about Palliative Care, as well as MARCELLA, a biography of the legendary food writer Marcella Hazan. He has also been a producer on numerous documentaries by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, including the PBS series THE WAR and JAZZ, and FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT.
Peter Glazer is a playwright, director, author, and scholar. He has been a member of the ALBA Board for over 25 years. During that time, he has directed and/or co-written numerous annual events and celebrations. His 2010 book, Radical Nostalgia: Spanish Civil War Commemoration in America, chronicles the rich commemorative history of the volunteers. With composer Eric Bain Peltoniemi, he wrote Heart of Spain: A Musical of the Spanish Civil War, which has been produced at Northwestern University and the University of California, Berkeley, where Glazer has been on the faculty of the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies since 2001. He conceived and adapted the ensemble musical Woody Guthrie’s American Song from the songs and writings of the celebrated folk poet, which has seen nearly a hundred productions in the US since its premiere in 1988. His current project is The Celestials, a new play adapted from the novel of the same name by Karen Shepard, which is being developed in collaboration with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), both located in North Adams, MA, where the story of The Celestials takes place. Glazer’s father, Tom Glazer, sings “Jarama Valley” on the famous 1944 recording “Songs of the Lincoln Brigade” with Pete Seeger.
Paco de Onís grew up in several Latin American countries during a time of dictatorships. He is the Executive Director and Executive Producer of Skylight, a human rights media organization dedicated to advancing social justice through storytelling. Paco's grandfather, Federico de Onís, founded the Spanish and Portuguese Studies Department at Columbia University after the first world war. He never returned to Spain after the end of the Spanish Civil War. Paco’s film producing credits include 500 YEARS, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, Rebel Citizen, Disruption, State of Fear, and The Reckoning.