CLAGS is an interdisciplinary graduate conference designed to increase dialogue and knowledge between institutions and across and beyond the liberal arts, offering participants an opportunity to broaden their research and to develop professional relationships. This year event drew over 100 presenters from 40 different universities and across 36 disciplines. The Center for Basque Studies has been integral to the ability to host this annual event.
CBS students prepared two panel sessions. The first one focused on Basque Humanities analyzing Basque perspectives in literature, history and economic development. Ziortza Gandarias, Amaia Iraizoz, and Horohito Norhatan were the graduate students that presented papers while Dr. Joseba Zulaika was the moderator of this symposium panel. The second one was about Constructing Policy. Iker Saitua presented his paper Undesired Presence: Basque Immigrant Laborers, The Livestock Industry, and Public Land Issues in Nevada, 1890-1934.
These panels humanistic links between America and the Basque Country, with an emphasis on a cross-cultural experiences of both those in the Basque Country and those in the US.
The major Bilbao newspaper El Correo interviewed Joseba Zulaika on his book That Old Bilbao Moon. The two page interview appeared in the newspaper's weekly cultural supplement Territorios. Zulaika discusses the city's recent history of the city by bringing up its writers, artists, architects and politicians. He dwells on the history of the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, from the reasons for the initial opposition to the New York-based museum to its success in turning Bilbao into the paradigm of a city transformed by architecture. Most of all, Zulaika reflects on the political and subjective transformations endured by his Basque post-war generation, a sort of Dantean voyage from the hell of Gernika and Francoism to the current post-ETA situation.
The text of the headline reads, "The true Bilbao Miracle is having had Aresti: Anthropologist Joseba Zulaika publishes a book that adopts frame of the Divine Comedy to analyze the city's recent history."
Click here to read more. Click here to shop for That Old Bilbao Moon. Click aqui para comprar el libro en castellano publicado por Editorial Nerea.
Sausalito, CA – The Center is proud to announce that they have received an important new grant for the launch of a new book series at the Center for Basque Studies. This series will present intergenerational literature to the public. This literature will seek to engage readers of all ages with cross-generational and cross-cultural toipcs.
The mission of the Angeles Arrien Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education and Research Mission emphasizes preserving the perennial wisdoms of cultures, support of traditional elders, youth leadership and earth sustainability and practices of other cultures. A guiding point of the Foundation mission is supporting work that makes a difference in the world without getting into politics or creating polarities. Angeles Arrien was committed to international bridging work, conflict resolution, intergenerational leadership and mentoring, and finding new possibilities for the personal and collective greater good. As Angeles’ Foundation mission is very specific, it also enables a rich diversity of possibilities for a wide range of support around the world.
Havana, Cuba – For the past two years, William A. Douglass has been organizing a conference on Vascos en Cuba (Basques in Cuba) that was held between January 12 and 14, 2015, in the Palacio del Conde de San Esteban de Cañongo in Havana’s Plaza Vieja.
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Reno, NV – The Etxepare Basque Institute and the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education on behalf of the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, signed on March 6, 2014 an agreement to collaborate and to promote knowledge of and research into the Basque diaspora and Basque culture globally, thereby establishing “The Jon Bilbao Research Fellowship on the Basque Diaspora” for the 2014-2016 period.
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Chino, CA – Center publications editor Daniel Montero made the trip down to California to help launch author Begoña Echeverria's new novel The Hammer of Witches. The launch was very successful and all copies were sold out. In addition to the picnic, mass was celebrated and dancers enjoyed live Basque music.
The novel tells of a very dark time in medieval history, the persecution and trials of supposed witches in auto de fe's. Many Basques were accused of witchcraft during the early 1600s, especially from the town of Zugarramurdi, Nafarroa. This fictional retelling of the true story, which has been painstakingly researhed, tells the story of a young girl who is caught up in the madness through her desire to better her lot by learning to read.
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