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Basque Writing Contest

This writing contest for 2019 has three prize categories, including consideration for publication.

Basque film screening

Boise State Basque Studies is joining in the Etxepare Basque Institute’s “Euskaraldia” initiative which is an eleven day effort from Nov. 23-Dec. 3 to promote the Basque language. In conjunction with this there will a screening of the recent Basque language film (with English subtitles) “Handia.” The film screens on Friday, Nov. 30 at 6PM in the SMASH building room 116 on the Boise State campus. View the trailer Handia on Vimeo.

Spring 2019 offerings

Basque Studies coursesCheck out the upcoming full course and workshop offerings from Basque Studies. Students can take Basque language courses, as well as offerings in various aspects of Basque culture. Find out more about upcoming Basque Studies offerings here.

New Boise Basque Book

Boise State University alumni  Meggan Laxalt Mackey, (Bachelor of Arts in History, 2013, and Masters of Applied Historical Research in History – 2015) has published a new book through the University of Nevada, Reno’s Center for Basque Studies, Lekuak: The Basque Places of Boise, Idaho.

Lekuak, meaning “places” in Basque, is a cultural journey through the places that generations of Basques in Boise have created and maintained for many generations. The book’s dust jacket explains further:

Lekuak is a cultural journey through Boise, Idaho from a unique perspective: that of the indelible mark Basque immigrants from Euskal Herria, the Basque Country, and their descendants, have made on the city. This journey is not only through parts of the city’s landscape, but also through generations past, present, and future. Lekuak means “places” in the Basque language. It traces how Basque places in Boise reflect the transformation of ethnic identity through successive generations. Today, the Basque places of Boise still remarkably represent Old World values that the first generation of immigrants from the Basque Country brought with them. These unique Basque places reveal at least one common thread: the Basque community or neighborhood, the auzoa. In the Old World, maintenance of an auzoa was highly dependent upon communal work, or auzolan. This principle helped Basque immigrants resettle their lives in new places, or “new soil,”and continues into today.

Includes full-color photos, maps, Basque timeline, and more. Lekuak was designed by the author.

Meggan’s graduate work in Boise State’s history program focused on Basque places through multiple generations in Boise, Idaho, which was the foundation for this book. She also designed the book. Meggan is a third-generation French Basque, born and raised in Nevada. Her grandparents Dominique and Therese Laxalt immigrated to the U.S. from the Iparralde villages of Tardets (Atharratze-Sorholüze, Zuberoa) and Guermiette (Saint-Etienne-de-Baigorry, Nafarroa Beherea). A 30-year resident of Idaho, Meggan has taught for Boise State University’s University Foundations, and currently teaches Basque Studies workshops for Boise State’s Basque Studies. She currently owns Studio M Publications & Design, a small creative services studio in Star, Idaho.

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FYI Article

This article recently appeared in the Basque Tribune, by author Inaki Galdos Irazabal who was in residence here at Boise State Basque Studies for a semester of research. It provides an overview of one of the biggest events of recent times in Basque history: the ceasefire of ETA. Read the article on the Basque Tribune.

Faculty position opening

The Basque Studies program at Boise State University is poised to take a big step forward in its development, with an opening for a new full-time tenure track position. The University has made the commitment to bolster Basque Studies by now having two full-time faculty members. Both faculty positions will be in the department of World Languages where the Basque Studies Minor is based.  View the position posting online.

Mintza ‘ta Pizza

Mintza ta Pizza, Basque Studies Social GatheringZatoz hizkuntza depatamendura – Come join us in the World Languages Resource Center for some fun. Let’s meet new and “old” Basque students and practice a little Euskara.  This Friday, Sept. 28, 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the Language Lab. in the Department of World Languages. Pizza & drinks will be provided!  Ikus arte

New Faculty Member

Boise State Basque Studies welcomes our new faculty member, Ziortza Gandarias Beldarrain. She will be teaching in our program for this academic year replacing the departed Larraitz Ariznabarreta. She is a doctoral student from the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her work on the Basque diasporic identity helps us to the understand the common history and collective memory of the Basques as presented in the Basque publication Euzko-Gogoa, and its lasting impression in the world of Euskara elevating the language to what we understand today. We welcome her to Boise State University!

Fall 2018 Course offerings

Fall-icon-coursesBoise State Basque Studies will again being offering a wide assortment of weekend workshop offerings as well as the regular courses. To find out more click HERE.

Visiting Professor

Dr. Margaret Bullen is the 2018 visiting professor as Boise State’s Eloise Garmendia Bieter chair. This chair was established in an agreement between the Etxepare Basque Institute/Basque Government and Boise State University, which allows for a visiting professor to come to campus to teach in the graduate program. She is the author of Basque Gender Studies, published by the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, and has taught for many years including with the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC).

She will be participating in a community presentation at the Basque Museum “Changing the Gender of Basque Festivals,” then teaching a weekend graduate workshop on “Gender and Identity: the Basque Case.”

We wish here well on her stay in Boise!