Bill Douglass Wins Major Basque Award at Durango Azoka

This year the Center for Basque Studies’ own William A. Douglass, who served as the Center’s director for over 30 years, received the Argizaiola award at the 2013 Durango Azoka Book fair. The Argizaiola award is given annually to those individuals who have worked in favor of the Basque language and Basque culture. The Center for Basque Studies has had a long connection with the Argizaiola award as another founder, Jon Bilbao, was the first-ever recipient. William A. Douglass has dedicated a large part of his career to the study of Basque culture and history of the Amerikanuak in the United States. Douglass is a regular at the Durango Azoka book fair where the Center also presents its various publications. Lately Douglass has been expanding his field of study to include the Basque community in Latin America and is working on a conference next year in Cuba on the Cuban Basque Community. He will also be publishing a book about the Basque Diaspora in Australia. To learn more about Douglass’s current research, here is a translation of some of an interview published by Douglass on the Durango Azoka website. To read the full interview in Spanish, click here

You have been at the forefront of the Center for Basque Studies for years. What reach has the Center had and how do you see its current status? The CBS has prospered since my retirement. It has grown and today it has more activities than it did during my (and Jon Bilbao’s) time. Now there are a dozen new publications every year and the teaching and Ph.D. program are doing very well. What are you working on now? I have just finished a collection of thirteen short stories (Death after Life: Tales of Nevada) and some have a small Basque dimension. I have also made great progress on a book about the Basques in the Antipodes. The book covers the history of the Basques in South Pacific from the time of Columbus and Elcano to the cane cutters in Australia in the twentieth century.