Academic Opportunities Through the Basque Government

Eusko JaurlaritzaIn a letter received from Gorka Alvarez, the Basque Government’s Director of the Basque Community Abroad, we learned of two new opportunities. One is a postgraduate program at the University of the Basque Country, resulting in certification as a specialist in the Basque Diaspora. This certification offers two different modalities or schedules: the first is a program of 30 credits (300 teaching hours), divided into 8 subjects plus the completion of a postgraduate end-of-graduate project. The second option to achieve the title of Specialist in the Basque Diaspora includes 15 credits (150 teaching hours), divided into 5 subjects chosen from a total of six options. Both result in a certification from the University of the Basque Country validated by the quality seal Unibaq (Quality Agency of the Basque University System). This project was among the objectives set forth in the Four-Year plan 2020-2023 allowing studies on the Basque Diaspora to become official within the course offerings at the Basque public university. 

The second opportunity is a call for papers for the 31st AEMI Conference hosted by the Basque Government’s Office for the Basque Communities Abroad in Donostia-San Sebastian.  As a member of the AEMI since 2007, the Office of the Basque Community Abroad (OBCA) is now accepting papers for this conference that is “designed to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue and create an optimum learning environment.” The conference will be limited to 32 participants on a first come first served basis.  For more information on the conference, or the types of presentations they are seeking, click here.


Basque Museum and Cultural Center Virtual Benefit Dinner

The Basque Museum and Cultural Center will be holding a Virtual Benefit Dinner on April 10, 2021.  This year’s event will feature a concert with musicians from the US, as well as the Basque Country including Zetak, Luhartz, Amuma Says No, Jean Flesher, Iker Lauroba, and many more! If you live in the Boise area, why not purchase a take-out dinner with wine to complete the experience?  For more information on how to purchase tickets, and support the Basque Museum and Boiseko Ikastola click here.  Need more encouragement?  Enjoy this promotional video.


Easter Mass with Aita Antton

MassFor those who are still staying close to home due to the pandemic, we wanted to share information on Aita Antton’s Easter Services.  Easter Sunday mass will actually be celebrated on Saturday evening at 8pm Pacific Time.  If you would like to follow live you can do so by clicking on this link, or videos are also available for viewing later.  The missal for Easter mass is available here. Aita Antton will be traveling to the Basque Country from April 9-May 15th, but will continue celebrating mass from there. These will be broadcast at 8am PST in the US, also from the Artzai Ona Facebook page.  We wish him a well-deserved rest, and on behalf of everyone at N.A.B.O., we would like to extend our most sincere condolences on the passing of his aunt. Zaindu Aita, eta mila esker zure ahalegin guziendako. 


Basque Soccer Derby Viewing Party

Derby For all of the die-hard soccer fans out there, the Final of the Copa del Rey, postponed last year due to the pandemic, will finally take place this Saturday.  The hope was that delaying the match between Athletic Club and Real Sociedad would allow the rival fans to travel to Seville to support their teams, but unfortunately, the pandemic has again made that impossible.  If you are in the Bay Area though, the Peña Athletic Club of California will host a viewing party at the San Francisco Basque Cultural Center on Saturday, April 3rd from 11am-3pm.  Admission is $10, which includes an adult beverage, pintxo type appetizer as well as viewing privileges.  Please RSVP by emailing  Social distancing and face coverings will apply regardless of immunization status. 




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