Lecture: “Spanish Exiles and Falangists in New York, 1936-43”
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 12 pm - Aula Luis Rosales (Colegio de Trinitarios)
During and just following the Spanish Civil War, New York was a cauldron of Spanish political activity. Republican exiles and pro-Franco nationalists clashed in the pages of local newspapers. The United States government, fearing a “fifth column” of fascist support was taking shape in the Western Hemisphere, launched a massive surveillance operation to monitor the activities of Franco’s Falange agents. In this lecture by Dr. John Nieto-Phillips (Indiana University, Bloomington), we will look at declassified FBI surveillance reports as well as newspaper articles that, together, shed light on the Spanish Falange in New York.
John Nieto-Phillips is Associate Professor of History and Latino Studies, and Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of The Language of Blood: The Making of Spanish-American Identity in New Mexico, 1880s-1930s (Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2004), and co-editor, with Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, of Interpreting Spanish Colonialism: Empires, Nations, and Legends (Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2005). He is editor of Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures, a peer-reviewed humanities journal to be launched in September, 2016.
Currently a Fulbright Senior Scholar in residence at the UAH Franklin Institute, Professor Nieto-Phillips is researching the history of US Latinas and Latinos in the Rise of Global Hispanism, 1910s-1940s.