Friday, September 7th, 2012, 7:30pm

San Francisco Basque Cultural Center


Sheep, Wine, Baskets & Bullets
Almost a Hundred Years of Basque
Immigration in American Cinema


The Basque Cultural Center’s Basque Educational Organization presents a special lecture by Dr. Oscar Alvarez, of the University of the Basque Country, who will present his research on the history of the image of Basque Immigration in American Cinema.

Dr. Alvarez will give a general overview of the question -how American films have presented Basque-Americans, how many films, a short timeline, a general perspective of the image of Basque immigrants (most of the characters in American cinema have presented Basques as Sheepherders, Winemakers, Jai-Alai players and Terrorist). Afterwards Dr. Alvarez will screen examples from several TV series with Basque characters.

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Dr. Oscar Alvarez

Dr. Álvarez holds a Ph.D. degree in History and teaches American History at the University of the Basque Country. During the 2008-2009 academic year he was Visiting Fellow at the European Studies Centre in St. Antony’s College, Oxford & in 2010-2011 the William A. Douglass Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada at Reno.

Dr. Álvarez’s main research interest is the study of international migrations during the 19th and 20th centuries, especially the mass migration from the Basque Country in northern Spain and southwestern France to the Americas. He has been involved in research on connections between environment and migration from a historical perspective.