The Center for Basque Studies is sponsoring a literary contest open to all non-academic submissions, as long as it has something to do with a Basque topic. Contest winners will be awarded $500 and publication of the work for first place; second place will receive a $150 Center for Basque Studies Press gift certificate and publication consideration of the work; and third place will receive a Basque Literature and Classics gift pack and publication consideration. Submission details.
RECENT EVENTS OVER THE LAST YEAR:
Our program received very good news lately, when we were informed that we will have access to the University’s new classroom at the Collier’s Building at the corner of Capitol & Front. The University continues to seek a larger connection in the general community, and this move to downtown Boise is especially beneficial to our program because it puts us one block away from the Basque Block! Look for future workshops and seminars there soon.
Nere Lete, assistant professor of Basque in the Department of World Languages, recently attended the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) conference in Chicago, Illinois, where she gave a poster presentation titled: “Teaching Grammar through Culture: The Perfect Tandem.”
Izaskun Kortazar, and her Basque Studies workshop that included a trip to the Boise Basque Block. Many of our workshops collaborate with the various entities in the Basque community. Here the group is posed in front of the “Basque Cener” which was founded in 1949 as the meeting place for the Euzkaldunak, Inc. of Boise. It is used for various Basque events, and also rentals for weddings, etc. It remains one of the focal points of the Boise Basque community.
READ ME | An Enduring Legacy with John Bieter 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Basque Center – 601 W Grove St. Boise, ID 83702
Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear Basque music, followed by a presentation by John Bieter, the co-author of An Enduring Legacy and Asst. director of the Basque Studies Center. Read more at http://www.boise150.org/events/
< NOKA Concert, (Feb 2013). In conjunction with the celebration in honor of the International Day of the Mother Language. This program was sponsored by the Basque government, Boise Euzkaldunak, the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Biotzetik Basque Choir and the Boise State University Basque Studies Center.
Nere Lete, assistant professor of Basque in the department of Modern Languages and Literatures was invited by the University of Idaho, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures to be the guest speaker at their Basque Film Festival opening night. She also gave a presentation for students and faculty entitled: “Translation: An Open Window to the World.” >
< John M. Ysursa of our program recently gave a talk at the Boise Basque Museum on the “Living Museum” aspects of Basque culture (March 2013) that focused on the role of Basque rituals defining Basque life. Rituals are an attempt to make the invisible (e.g., ideas, beliefs, etc.) visible, and to connect people to something outside of themselves.
IZASKUN KORTZAR. Presentation on” The situation of the Basque language in the Basque Country and in North America” by Izaskun Kortazar (Basque Studies faculty) at the Basque Center of NY (Feb. 2013) >
< Nere Lete, assistant professor of Basque in the department of Modern Languages and Literatures, recently published the English translation of two short stories in Basque; “Silences” by Jokin Muñoz and “Politics Today” by Eider Rodriguez. These two stories are part of the collection; Our Wars: Short Fiction on Basque Conflicts, published by the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Dave Lachiondo, Director of the Basque Studies Center, recently (Nov. 2012) presented at the Boise Basque Museum & Cultural Center on the topic of Basque Spirituality, Religion & Witchcraft. It was a full house! >
< Nere Lete, assistant professor of Basque in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, recently attended the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) conference in Rochester, N.Y., where she gave a bilingual reading from her translation of Jokin Muñoz’s Isiluneak (Silences).
Basque Tree Carvings (Arborglyphs) in Idaho (September 2012)
They didn’t send tweets, texts, or “Friend” on Facebook…….or did they? Come join us on September 20th at 7pm at the Basque Museum and Cultural Center (BMCC) where Dr. John Bieter from the Basque Studies Center at Boise State University will show photos and discuss his research on Basque tree carvings in Idaho. In collaboration with the BMCC, over 500 photos have been collected of tree carvings in the area. They reveal the thoughts and desires of Basque sheepherders as they worked in the hills guiding their flocks. From names and dates to crests of home soccer teams and family farmhouses, get an inside look at the marks that herders left behind.