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My Mother, That Stranger
Letters from the Spanish Civil War

Thursday, April 2, 2:00 pm


Meet Dr. Concha Alborg, author of My Mother, That Stranger. This unique memoir is a micro-history of the Spanish Civil War.


Over eight-hundred letters were written between the author’s newly-engaged parents during the time that her father was on the Republican war front fighting against Franco’s forces, and her mother awaiting the end of the war. Her father, Professor Juan Luis Alborg, would live to become a well-known literary historian and critic. Her mother’s life, on the other hand, was overshadowed by her husband’s academic celebrity. The letters were discovered whilst preparing for a symposium marking the centenary of her father’s birth, celebrated at the University of Malaga in 2014.

Dr. Alborg was born in Valencia and grew up in Madrid. She has lived in the United States since the 1960s where she received a Ph.D. from Temple University. She was a professor of contemporary Spanish literature at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia.


 This program is free of charge for Penn’s Village members, volunteers and donors. Guests are welcome to attend up to three programs before being required to join and/or volunteer with Penn’s Village. If you attend as a guest, there is a $10 fee for each program.

The program will be in the MacColl Room on the 2nd Floor of the First Presbyterian Church: 201 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. The entrance is on 21st Street.  There is an elevator for handicapped accessibility. Please let us know in advance if this is needed. 


Register to attend by email or by phone (215) 925-7333. Please cancel if you are unable to make your reservation so there will be room for others.


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