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Basque news: New NABO member, a book on the bombing of Guernica, online Basque classes, and more

Basque Studies at Boise State is the new NABO member

The Basque Studies Program at Boise State University was accepted into NABO (North American Basque Organizations) during last week’s meeting in Mountain Home, Idaho. The program is a  multi-disciplinary course of advanced study that involves all aspects of  the language, culture and history of the Basque people. The creation of  a program specifically geared to the understanding of the Basque  culture, history and political challenges compliments the ongoing  programs for study in the Basque Country offered by the Boise State International Studies Program.

The  Basque Studies Program at Boise State also provides a resource for the  greater community and region where Boise State University is located.  The Basque people have been key to the development of Idaho as well as  Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and California with people of Basque  decent being some of the earliest settlers in the Western United States.

The Basque Studies Program builds on the work of the Cenarrusa Foundation for Basque Culture founded in 2003. We are also collaborating with other local, national and international Basque entities.

For more information just send us an email to basquestudies@boisestate.edu.


“The Day Guernica Was Bombed: A Story Told in the Words of Witnesses and Survivors”, by Bill Smallwood

Bill Smallwood has written two dozen science textbooks, Gulf War books and biographies on Ernest Hemingway, Idaho Sen. Jim McClure and others. But the effort he put into writing those paled in comparison with what it took to write his just-published book, “The Day Guernica Was Bombed: A Story Told in the Words of Witnesses and Survivors.”

(Continue to the original article here)

Bill Smallwood will offer a free presentation, “The Basques and their Rank in World Cultures,” at 5 p.m. Oct. 11 at The Community Library in Ketchum. He’ll offer up some little-known ways in which the Basques have contributed to the world, including their sojourn to Red Bay, Labrador, in the early 1500s.

The book is available for $28 the from Amazon.com website.


Applications for the William A. Douglass Distinguished Scholar Award 2013–2014 now being accepted

The Center for Basque Studies of the University of Nevada, Reno is now accepting applications for the William A. Douglass Distinguished Scholar Award for the academic year 2013–2014. This award was established in 2005 in conjunction with the ministries of Education, Culture, and Foreign Affairs of the Basque Government. The Douglass Scholar must be a specialist in some aspect of Basque Studies, and the areas of expertise from which candidates are drawn may vary from year to year in order to ensure representation from a broad range of disciplines. The scholar will be chosen on the basis of his/her contribution to Basque Studies and consistent record of research, achievement and scholarly innovation. For 2013-2014, we are seeking a specialist in taxation and fiscal autonomy as they relate to issues of self-government and national sovereignty in the current European situation.

During the award period, the Distinguished Scholar is expected to complete a substantial research and writing project, which is normally published by the Center. In conjunction with CBS faculty, the Scholar is also expected to participate in an international conference in his/her field of expertise. The Center for Basque Studies organizes such conferences annually as an important part of its research mission. The Distinguished Scholar is based in Reno for the duration of the award (September 1st until June 30th) and is expected to contribute actively to the academic community at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Center provides a fully equipped office at the Center, affordable housing for the Scholar and a monthly stipend to cover living costs.

Applicants should submit a detailed narrative of the proposed research (not to exceed two single-spaced pages in English) together with a résumé and the names/addresses of two referees to Kate Camino (kcamino@unr.edu), Center for Basque Studies, MS/2322, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada 89557-2322. The deadline for completed applications is December 14, 2012. Applications may be submitted via e-mail to basque@unr.edu, by fax (775-784-1355), or may be mailed. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Professor Zulaika at zulaika@unr.edu, or Professor Irujo at irujo@unr.edu, or contact the Center by telephone at 775-784-4854.


Online Basque course offerings from the University of California, Santa Barbara

Language Studies

The course is designed to facilitate the development of basic written and conversational skills by providing opportunities for students to engage in dynamic activities and to gain cultural experiences through interaction with videos, images, and with others who appreciate and seek to preserve the Basque language and culture.

Culture Studies

This course provides students with a guided tour of Basque history and society. Students are provided with opportunities to create real situations that will enable them to learn the meaning of the Basque culture and to learn about the mysterious origins of the language.

Check here for enrollment requirements.


A student from UCLA is looking for people in the Los Angeles areas whose first language is Basque

She would like to record some interviews for a linguistic project she’s working on. You can send a message using the contact form on About Basque Country website. For more information (in Spanish), click here.


Thanks for passing by: ↓

Amaya Oxarango-Ingram Ellen Espizua Caamano Egiluz Mark Bieter

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