In the spring of 2018, SIMSF organized the lecture series Fascismo – The Totalitarian Experiment and the Making of Spanish and Italian Fascisms in collaboration with its partners the Humanities Institute and Penn State University Libraries. The lecture series examined the moral, physical, social, and military “religion of fascism,” as Benito Mussolini once defined it. It likewise explored interwar Europe and what gave rise to a period of unprecedented mobilizations of society in the name of dictatorial power. Italy and Spain served as case studies throughout the lecture series not only to map the historical complexities of fascismo, but also trace the relevance of fascismos, plural, in present-day political life. The speakers included Nil Santiáñez (Saint Louis U), David Ward (Wellesley College), and Lucy Maulsby (Northeastern U).