associate member--supports the ongoing
effort to create a Basque Studies Consortium. This goes to NABO's
ultimate of goal of helping to perpetuate Basque culture following the
Recreate + Educate = Perpetuate
A consortium is an
association of two or more individuals or organizations with the
objective of participating in a common activity or pooling their
resources for achieving a common goal. The word is Latin in origin
meaning 'partnership, association or society and derives from consors
'partner.' The Basque Studies
Consortium endeavours to bring together a wide array of institutions and
individuals in a viable network to mutually support efforts in Basque
Studies. Several membership
categories embrace various forms of involvement in Basque Studies.
2008 Basque Studies Conference to take a look back at the
most recent conference, as coordinator Dr. Steven Gamboa (picutred)
helped to bring the pieces together for another successful
INSTITUTIONS. One is of academic institutions of higher learning; the
charter members include the recently established Basque Studies program
at Boise State University, the emerging programs at the California State
University (Bakersfield) and University of California (Santa Barbara)
and the pioneering Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada
(Reno). The proposal is online at:
Studies Consortium Proposal.
2008 Basque Studies Conference in Bakersfield, the charter
academic institutions agreed to move forward on four broad initiatives:
> Exploration of creating a peer-reviewed academic journal for Basque
> Creation of a pool of shared instructors to provide rotating weekend
workshops on Basque related topics
> The next Basque Studies Conference to be held in Nov. 2009 at the
University of California, Santa Barbara (details forthcoming); July 2010
at Boise State University
> Signing of a shared mission statement ("Lau Oiloen Ituna") in support
of Basque Studies
conference concluded with the signing of the
Oiloen Ituna" or "Four Chicken's Letter"
It makes a bit more sense in Basque. Lau oilo is literally "four chickens" which is a
Basque phrase for saying we are not that many; in Spanish it's "cuatro gatos."
In this case it's literal as well, because it's about four institutions joining together
to affirm a set of shared objectives to be adapted to each institutions
working structure. These include:
> Work together to develop an ongoing network of collaboration to
implement the study, research, teaching and diffusion of the Basque
language, culture & history.
> Pursue the commitment of academic institutions to initiate, develop
and collectively enhance Basque Studies in our campus programs
> Promote the development of supporting organizations and programs for
Basque Studies, such as the Basque Studies Consortium
> Attract government agencies, Basque communities all over the world,
public or private institutions and individuals to the shared goal of
bringing Basque Studies to a higher level of quality and excellence.
To see the complete document click on
Lau Oiloen Ituna (pdf
MEMBER: NON-ACADEMIC ORGANIZATIONS
NABO's involvement in this endeavor is at the associate level
for non-academic (i.e., not formally an educational institution)
organizations that nevertheless look to remain involved in
Basque Studies. In NABO's case, this partnership assists
its pursuit of its ultimate objective of preserving Basque
culture, via the formula Recreate + Educate = Perpetuate.
MEMBERS-NON ACADEMIC ORGANIZATIONS. Another
category of membership in the Consortium is for associated
(non-academic) organizations with an interest in Basque Studies.
This is where NABO form of participation, as this endeavor goes to
NABO's pursuit of the formula of
Recreate + Educate = Perpetuate
||The image at
left is the guiding principle of the Basque Studies Consortium:
"rowing together" to mutually support efforts in Basque Studies.
is also another category for affiliation for individuals doing work and/or
interested in staying abreast of work in Basque Studies. Many
college-based researchers doing work in Basque Studies are not directly
affiliated with a formal Basque Studies program on their campus.
Others are amateur researchers while more are just individuals that want
to learn more. They too are welcomed to participate and be a part
of growing Basque Studies.
Many interested in Basque Studies are not necessarily affiliated
with a Basque Studies program at a University. This
category embraces interested individuals interested / doing work
in Basque Studies. Bakersfield's Steve Bass, for example,
continues to do work on compiling a chronology of Basques in the
Americas. To view that click on Chronology of
Participants of the
2008 Bakersfield Basque Studies Conference