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Visiting Basque scholar lectures

BillBoise State Basque Studies is honored to host professor emeritus William Douglass on a speaking tour to our campus and the community. On campus he’ll be speaking to two courses (to which others are invited):


Campus talks: Wed. Feb. 8th
__12-1:15 EDUC-109 “Basque Culture” course on the topic of “Basques in Cuba”
__3-4:14 EDUC-112. “Navigating Identity” course on the topic of migration

Community talk: Thur., Feb. 9th
__6PM Basque Museum downtown: A “Basque” authors reflections: an overview of his publications in Basque Studies & beyond

William A. Douglass (PhD) is a world-renowned scholar of Basque studies and the founder of the Basque Studies Program (now Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno which is named in his honor). A pioneer in Basque Studies his publications are in the hundreds with articles, conference presentations, edited volumes and monographs starting with his doctoral research in the Basque Country that yielded Death in Murelaga: Funerary Ritual in a Spanish Basque Village (1969). He is coauthor (with Jon Bilbao) of Amerikanuak. Basques in the New World (1975), the iconic work in the foundation of Basque Diaspora Studies. Retiring as coordinator of the program after 33 years, he nevertheless continues researching and writing, producing Global Vasconia in 2004. Recipient of numerous awards, including “Leading Researcher” and “Best Professor” at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the prestigious “Lagun Onari” by the Basque Government. See more at

This will be the inaugural of the “Elorriaga Basque Culture Series.” Basque culture is manifested in various forms, and this series endeavors to showcase some of those on a rotating basis to supplement some of the regular offerings of the Boise State Basque Studies program. It’s named in honor of John Elorriaga, who generously supported our program.

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