Eloise Garmendia Bieter Chair in Basque Studies Lecture Series.

chair LecturesThe Department of World Languages, Basque Studies Minor at Boise State University is proud to announce the 2022 Boise State University "Eloise Garmendia Bieter Chair in Basque Studies" lecture series.  This year's Chair is Dr. Xabier Irujo, Director of the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno who will give three lectures from February 25-March 3rd at BSU. All events will be in person with a Zoom option.  If you are interested in the Zoom links, please reach out to Professor Nere Lete. The lecture schedule is as follows:

February 25

 (Student Union - Bishop Barnwell Room at 12.00 pm): “Confronting Trauma: Writing about Gernika”

February 28

(Interactive Learning Center (ILC) room 213 at 6.00 pm): “Wor(l)d Building: Writing Historical Fiction”

March 3

(Basque Museum and Cultural Center, 6:00-8:00 pm):   “An Idahoan Named Egurtxiki: The man who learnt Euskara to write about the Bombing of Gernika”

For complete information, please visit their website.


Larraitz Ariznabarreta Announced as Manuel Irujo Chair at the University of Liverpool

Larraitz AriznabarretaThe Etxepare Basque Institute has announced that the 2022 Manuel Irujo Chair at the University of Liverpool is Dr. Larraitz Ariznabarreta, Assistant Professor at the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.  On February 23rd, the Annual Manuel Irujo Lecture in Basque Studies will feature a symposium entitled, “Without Exile Who Am I? Martin Ugalde (1921-2004): A Synechdoque of Basque Exile(s).” Created in 2015, the Manuel Irujo Chair is dedicated to the study of Basque exile featuring this annual lecture, which is the result of the collaboration between the Etxepare Basque Institute and the University of Liverpool.  To learn more about the symposium, and to register for this free event, click here.


Louis Michel Irigaray (1931 - 2022)

Louis Michel Irigaray - photo, Iñaki ArrietaWe were saddened to hear of the passing of Louis Michel Irigaray, also known as the “Basque Balladeer.” Louis was a well-known figure in the Basque community, and many have enjoyed his music, albums and books.  Although staying off the radar in his later years, he did sing on special occasions including at Louis Erreguible’s funeral in 2017.  He also shared his story with Dr. Sandy Ott’s Basque Culture Class at UNR in the fall of 2018.  On behalf of everyone at NABO, we extend our sincerest condolences to his family and many friends.  Thank you for your passion for the Basque language Louis, and sharing your talents with us all.  Goian Bego.
Photo: Iñaki Arrieta


Txoko Ona To Host Mus Tournament on Sunday

Txoko OnaThe Txoko Ona Basque Club, in Homedale, Idaho, will host its annual Mus Tournament this Sunday, February 20th beginning at 9am. You must be a club member in order to participate so the $35 membership, $15 NABO Mus Fee, and $20 for breakfast and lunch are payable at the door. For more information, please contact Tony Larroccea, or John Lejardi. Sorte on deneri!



Foku Musikala