CBS Guest Speakers


Joseba Gabilondo

The lecture will deal with new ways to think of the Basque Country and its cultures in its/their diversity (Spain, France, the Americas). This is not a national unity or a state. Therefore the question is how to think of this complex Basque reality? Who is Basque? What is Basque Culture? The lecture will emphasize the fact that the diasporic Basque Country is at the center, not at the periphery, of a new global definition of Basque identity, politics, and culture. The lecture will present examples from film, literature, art, etc.


Pedro Oiarzabal

Discussion of the Basque identity throughout the world. The presentation addresses from an innovative methodological perspective, a classical question among scholars and non-scholars: What is the meaning of being Basque today? The study took place between 2001 and 2002, and included in the fieldwork all Basque communities present in twenty-one countries throughout the world in order to attempt to answer the question. The results of this work are being considered for its forthcoming publication in Spanish. 


Gloria Totoricaguena

An analysis and comparison of "Basque Diaspora-Homeland Relations". She will give a brief history of the Basque Government-in-exile Delegations
which were placed in many countries throughout Europe and the Americas; a basic explanation of the current governmental structure of the Basque Government (the
Statutes of Autonomy and how the branches of government function); explain the parliamentary laws regarding the diaspora (grants, voting rights in Basque Country elections, privileges for Centers and individuals); and compare our NABO and Basque center
activities to other ethnic deiaporas in the United States (Italians, Iranians, Armenians, Chinese etc). She will also also discuss the other two political administrative structures - the
Autonomous Community of Navarre and France/Aquitaine/Pyrenees Atlantiques - and the current effort in Iparalde to divorce itself from the department Pyre nees Atlantiques and form its own Department Pays Basque, as that relates to the decentralization process that is occurring in France.


Joseba Zulaika

Discussion of Jorge Oteiza's life and work It will include a powerpoint presentation with many photos of Oteiza and his works and Zuliaka will comment on Oteiza's Southamerican trip during the 1930s and 1940s, his apostles at the basilica of Arantzazu in the early 1950s, his Grand Sculpture Prize at the Sao Paulo Biennial in 1957, the "endgame" by which he stopped being a scultpor, his influential writings such as "Quousque tandem!", his role in educating the Basques in conemporary art, his multiple aesthetic "conspiracies" and "failures", the ways in which, despite his opposition to it, he made possible that the Guggenheim would come to Bilbao, and his latest "return" thanks to the influence of renown figures such as Frank Gehry and Richard Serra.