Visiting Scholar, Harvard; 2013 Pedroso Visiting Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies, UMass-Dartmouth; Associate, Real Colegio Complutense
November 8, 2013
5:15pm - 7:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
The Spanish Civil War was a crossroad in the destiny of Portugal and Spain. The final outcome of the conflict changed the Iberian history and its consequences were influential until today. The victory of the Spanish fascists in the war was not only due to the help of Hitler and Mussolini. Portuguese dictatorship gave to general Franco the most decisive aid, a powerful instrument to convince the national and internat ional public opinion for helping the fascist Spanish movement: an effective propaganda. This talk will try to explain some of the main propaganda campaigns of the Portuguese dictatorship to promote the victory of Franco in Spain.
Alberto Pena-Rodríguez, (Ph.D., Complutense University of Madrid, 1997) was the dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Communication at the University of Vigo (2000-03; 2006-09), and the president and vice-president of the International Association of Communication History (2004-2010). He is the author or editor of several books on the history of propaganda, including O que parece é: Salazar, Franco e a propaganda contra a Espanha democrática (Lisbon, 2009), Salazar, a Imprensa e a Guerra Civil de Espanha (Coimbra, 2007), Comunicación y guerra en la Historia (Santiago, 2004,) and Galicia, Franco y Salazar. La emigración gallega en Portugal y el intercambio ideológico entre el franquismo y el salazarismo (Vigo, 1999). He is an associate of the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University, researcher at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research at the University Center for Twentieth Century Interdisciplinary Studies (University of Coimbra), evaluator for the National Evaluation and ForeSight Agency of Spain (ANEP) and director of the Iberian Seminar of Communication Research.