Randal Scamardo

Expertise

Spanish Civil War, Philology, Contemporary Spain 

Randal Scamardo graduated in International Studies from Texas A&M University in 1998, earned a master’s degree from the Universitat de Barcelona in Gestión Cultural. He earned a second master’s in Hispanic Studies and obtained his doctorate with cum laude honors in Investigaciones Filológicas (Philology) from the Universidad de Cádiz in 2016.

The following year his book on the life and Spanish corpus of a veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, La España de Alvah Bessie. De la Guerra Civil a la Transición, was published. He currently serves as the director of the oldest language academy in Cádiz, Spain, Casa de las Lenguas while teaching Spanish and English as a Second Language.

  • Randal Scamardo graduated in International Studies from Texas A&M University in 1998, earned a master’s degree from the Universitat de Barcelona in Gestión Cultural. He earned a second master’s in Hispanic Studies and obtained his doctorate with cum laude honors in Investigaciones Filológicas (Philology) from the Universidad de Cádiz in 2016.

    The following year his book on the life and Spanish corpus of a veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, La España de Alvah Bessie. De la Guerra Civil a la Transición, was published. He currently serves as the director of the oldest language academy in Cádiz, Spain, Casa de las Lenguas while teaching Spanish and English as a Second Language.

  • Forthcoming Spanish translation and analysis of Alvah Bessie’s Spanish Civil War Notebooks for the Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Cádiz. 

  • “La vida y obra del escritor y brigadista Lincoln, Alvah Bessie.” Revista Alcores, Nº 20, January 2018.

    La España de Alvah Bessie. De la Guerra Civil a la Transición, según un miembro de las Brigadas Internacionales. El Puerto de Santa Maria: El Bolitín Ediciones, 2017.

    “Alvah Bessie’s Battle of Words to Save Spain from Fascism.” The International Journal for Iberian Studies. 29.02 (2016): 173-185.
  • “Homenaje a las Brigadas Internacionales.” Conference with the Asociación por la Recuperación de la Memoria Democrática in San Fernando, Spain. January 2019

    “Los brigadistas internacionales y la literature.” Conference in the Department of Philosophy and Literature at the Universidad de Cádiz. April 2018.

    “Entre las Brigadas Internacionales y los Diez de Hollywood: La comunicación audio visual de Alvah Bessie.” Conference in the Department of Contemporary History at the Universidad de Sevilla, Spain. January 2018.

    Translation of selected poems by José Ramón Ripoll from La lengua de los otros and La vida adriendo. International Poetry Festival in Craiova, Romania. September 2017.

    Presentation of La España de Alvah Bessie. De la Guerra Civil a la Transición, según un miembro de las Brigadas Internacionales. 32 Feria del libro de Cádiz (book fair) in Spain. May 2017.

    “Diálogos en homenaje al veterano de las Brigadas Abraham Lincoln Alvah Bessie” (in collaboration with the Ateneo Republicano). Presentation at International Brigades Monument Inauguration in Puerto Real, Spain. June 2016.

    “Alvah Bessie and the Spanish Civil War: España otra vez (1969) and Spain Again (1975).” Co-chair and presentation of paper for the “Patriots and Traitors” section at the Film & History: Interdisciplinary Journal’s Conference. October 2016.