CBS students participate in the 5th Annual CLAGS conference

CLAGS is an interdisciplinary graduate conference designed to increase dialogue and knowledge between institutions and across and beyond the liberal arts, offering participants an opportunity to broaden their research and to develop professional relationships. This year event drew over 100 presenters from 40 different universities and across 36 disciplines. The Center for Basque Studies has been integral to the ability to host this annual event.

CBS students prepared two panel sessions. The first one focused on Basque Humanities analyzing Basque perspectives in literature, history and economic development. Ziortza Gandarias, Amaia Iraizoz, and Horohito Norhatan were the graduate students that presented papers while Dr. Joseba Zulaika was the moderator of this symposium panel. The second one was about Constructing Policy. Iker Saitua presented his paper Undesired Presence: Basque Immigrant Laborers, The Livestock Industry, and Public Land Issues in Nevada, 1890-1934.

These panels humanistic links between America and the Basque Country, with an emphasis on a cross-cultural experiences of both those in the Basque Country and those in the US.

Joseba Zulaika Interviewed by El Correo on Bilbao

The major Bilbao newspaper El Correo interviewed Joseba Zulaika on his book That Old Bilbao Moon. The two page interview appeared in the newspaper's weekly cultural supplement Territorios. Zulaika discusses the city's recent history of the city by bringing up its writers, artists, architects and politicians. He dwells on the history of the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, from the reasons for the initial opposition to the New York-based museum to its success in turning Bilbao into the paradigm of a city transformed by architecture. Most of all, Zulaika reflects on the political and subjective transformations endured by his Basque post-war generation, a sort of Dantean voyage from the hell of Gernika and Francoism to the current post-ETA situation.

The text of the headline reads, "The true Bilbao Miracle is having had Aresti: Anthropologist Joseba Zulaika publishes a book that adopts frame of the Divine Comedy to analyze the city's recent history."

Click here to read more. Click here to shop for That Old Bilbao Moon. Click aqui para comprar el libro en castellano publicado por Editorial Nerea.
Arrien Foundation Funds Intergenerational Literature at the Center

Sausalito, CA – The Center is proud to announce that they have received an important new grant for the launch of a new book series at the Center for Basque Studies. This series will present intergenerational literature to the public. This literature will seek to engage readers of all ages with cross-generational and cross-cultural toipcs.

The mission of the Angeles Arrien Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education and Research Mission emphasizes preserving the perennial wisdoms of cultures, support of traditional elders, youth leadership and earth sustainability and practices of other cultures. A guiding point of the Foundation mission is supporting work that makes a difference in the world without getting into politics or creating polarities. Angeles Arrien was committed to international bridging work, conflict resolution, intergenerational leadership and mentoring, and finding new possibilities for the personal and collective greater good. As Angeles’ Foundation mission is very specific, it also enables a rich diversity of possibilities for a wide range of support around the world.

Conference on the Basques in Cuba

Havana, Cuba – For the past two years, William A. Douglass has been organizing a conference on Vascos en Cuba (Basques in Cuba) that was held between January 12 and 14, 2015, in the Palacio del Conde de San Esteban de Cañongo in Havana’s Plaza Vieja.

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Basque Seroras Focus of Washington University Researcher

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Center Book Reviewed in Journal of Sociolinguistics

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Jon Bilbao Fellowship for 2014-2016

Reno, NV – The Etxepare Basque Institute and the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education on behalf of the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, signed on March 6, 2014 an agreement to collaborate and to promote knowledge of and research into the Basque diaspora and Basque culture globally, thereby establishing “The Jon Bilbao Research Fellowship on the Basque Diaspora” for the 2014-2016 period.

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New Book By Center Professor Joseba Zulaika out now!

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New Center Novel Launched at Chino Basque Picnic

Chino, CA – Center publications editor Daniel Montero made the trip down to California to help launch author Begoña Echeverria's new novel The Hammer of Witches. The launch was very successful and all copies were sold out. In addition to the picnic, mass was celebrated and dancers enjoyed live Basque music.

The novel tells of a very dark time in medieval history, the persecution and trials of supposed witches in auto de fe's. Many Basques were accused of witchcraft during the early 1600s, especially from the town of Zugarramurdi, Nafarroa. This fictional retelling of the true story, which has been painstakingly researhed, tells the story of a young girl who is caught up in the madness through her desire to better her lot by learning to read.

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Basque Patriot in New York Launched in Basque Country

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Bray Accepts Visiting Professorship at the Hebrew University

Zoe Bray will take on a Lady Davis Visiting Professorship at the European Forum of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel from September 2014 to August 2015, to pursue her research project on art and anthropology.

Winners of the First Basque Literary Writing Contest

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Bill Douglass Wins Argizaiola Award in Basque Country

The Center congratulates Bill Douglass on Winning the Argizaiola Award at the Durango Book Fair. Click here to read more.

Center Book Reviewed in Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Edited by Sandra Ott, the Center's collection of articles based on the conference on War, Exile, Justice, Everyday Life, which explore the experience in a variety of ways of ordinary citizens in times of war and strife, has been reviewed in the prestigious Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. Click here to read the review.

News from Professor Sandra Ott

On October 24th-26th, Sandy chaired a panel and gave a paper on another panel at the annual conference of the Western Society for French History. Her conference paper focused on the extraordinary tale of the Hotel Continental in Pau, whose managers helped hundreds of Jews escape the tyranny of Vichy and Hitler by registering them as hotel guests with false identity papers and then securing their passage across the Pyrnees into Spain. At the same time, the German army requisitioned two floors of the same hotel.

On December 17th, 2013, Sandy Ott gave a lecture at the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK, entitled "The Anthropologist as an Archive Addict: An Ethnographic Approach to Occupied and Liberated France, 1940-1947," in the series "The Lost Generation: Out of Oxford in the 1980s." The seminar series involved a cohort of former students at Oxford who received their doctorates in social anthropology in the 1970s and 1980s. The presenters are now submitting their work to an anthropological journal in the UK.

From Canterbury Sandy traveled on to Toulouse, Pau and Santazi to spend a week doing field work in Iparralde and Bearn. She spent time with an amazing group of people in their 90s who had direct experience of the German occupation of France and the Basque provinces.

In December,The Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, published Sandy's article about teenaged delinquents in wartime Pau, "Looking for Lacombe, Lucien in Southwestern France."

In Spring 2014, the peer-reviewed journal, French Politics, Culture and Society, published an article by Sandy entitled, "Undesirable Pen Pals, Unthinkable Houseguests: Representations of Franco- German Friendships in a Post-Liberation Trial Dossier and Suite Française."
On September 25, UNR gathered to celebrate the publication of the Warren Lerude's Robert Laxalt: The Story of a Storyteller published by the Center. Click here for photos.
On Friday August 23, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. KNPB will be showing "A Conversation with Lerude about Laxalt" discussing Warren Lerude's new book Robert Laxalt: The Story of a Storyteller. It will air again on Sunday, August 25 at 11:00 a.m. Soon after that date, it should also be available on
On March 15, 2013 Joseba Zulaika gave a lecture entitled “Basque Violence—25 Years Later” at the conference organized by the Basque Anthropological Association in San Sebastian on “Perspectives on Violence: Ethnographic and Theoretical Debates.”
On February 15, 2013 CBS's Iker Saitua participated in the 2013 College of Liberal Arts Graduate Symposium (CLAGS). Iker Saitua's presentation, "'Grasping At a Straw:' The Basque Labor Shortage in the Nevada and Western Sheep Industry during World War II," analyzes Nevada Senator Patrick McCarran's work to sponser Basque herders during WWII. UNR student Nagore Sedano's presentation also focused on Basque Americans. Sedano's presentation, "Basque American Third Generation: Rethinking Monique Urza's The Deep Blue Memory" surveyed the unique contribution that Urza's book made to Basque American writing. To learn more about Saitua and Sedano's presentations, click here.
During the month of January 2013 Joseba Zulaika taught a course on the “Guggenheim Effect” at the University of Chicago. Professor Zulaika also gave a talk on the use of allocutive pronouns in euskera and on “Gernika, Bilbao and The Minotaur: From Picasso to Gehry.
October 15 2012. Zoe Bray presents on the topic of 'Ethnography and Painting: Parallels in Ways of Seeing and Understanding the World'. With the link:
On December 14, 2012 Joseba Zulaika delivered the 4th Annual E. Allison Peers Lecture entitled, "The Global Museum and its Discontents," at the University of Liverpool during the symposium "Globalization and its Discontents in the Luso-Hispanic World: Current Debates in Research and Training.
On December 12, 2012 Joseba Zulaika gave a lecture at King's College, London, on "Art, Architecture and Politics in Bilbao.
On December 8, 2012 CBS's Administrative Assistant, Kate Camino, graduated with a Master of Education from the University of Nevada, Reno. Kate teaches the Center's Basque language courses and previously earned a master's degree in French. The Center for Basque Studies is very proud of all her achievements!
On November 17, 2012 Joseba Zulaika presented a paper at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, held in San Francisco, entitled “Drones versus Suicide Bombers: The Fantasies of U.S. Counterterrorism” at the Symposium “New Forms of State Terror.”
On October 11th, 2012 Joseba Zulaika participated in the 1st International Congress on Art, Memory and Democracy (From Picasso's Guernica to the Present Day) in Bilbao. Joseba Zulaika's presentation was entitled "Guernica and the Minotaur: Between Picasso and Bilbao-Guggenheim."
Zoe Bray is currently showing a collection of portraits in the town hall of Saint Jean Pied de Port / Donibane Garazi, French Basque Country, until mid November 2012. For more information click here.
On Monday, October 1, Joseba Zulaika participated with Joan Ramon Resina in a round table discussion at the New York University's King Juan Carlos Center entitled "Gernika, Revisited." Professor Zulaika published a tri-lingual book entitled "Traditions" in the Etxepare Institute's Basque Culture Series.
Joseba Zulaika gave a keynote lecture entitled “Drones and Fantasy in Counterterrorism” at the conference on “Terrorism and the Literary Imagination”, held at the University of Uppsala, Sweden.

CBS Participates in Local Basque Culture Celebration

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Zoe Bray Exhibits "Seeing Ethnography" at American Museum of Natural History

Zoe Bray's focused visual ethnography was on dispay during the Margaret Mead Festival at the American Museum of Natural History from October 18-20, 2013. In the Grand Gallery, she painted a New York-based anthropologist as a live model in order to vividly illustrate her visual research methods. This was a presentation of Ethnographic Terminalia, a curatorial collective motivated by the possibilities of new media, locations, and methods. Looking within and beyond disciplinary territories, their exhibitions present new forms of anthropology engaged with contemporary art practice. Visit

CBS Teaches Campers about Basque Culture!

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The Center for Basque Studies welcomes the Delegate of Euskadi to the United States, Ander Caballero

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Go Forth, Basque

CBS and the foral government of Bizkaia launch a new edition of Linguae Vasconum Primitaie: The First Fruits of the Basque Language in the Basque Country.

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Beyond Guernica and the Guggenheim

The Center for Basque Studies 12th Annual Conference, Beyond Guernica and the Guggenheim: Relations between Art and Politics from a Comparative Perspective will take place May 2 – 4 in the Center for Basque Studies Conference Room 305N. The conference will begin Thursday morning with College of Liberal Arts Dean, Heather Hardy, providing opening remarks along with a few words from Center faculty members Zoe Bray and Joseba Zulaika. They will be followed by a number of world class scholars discussing everything from the role of art in identity politics to a modern feminist model for the field of art. To learn more about the speakers and their presentations click here for the full conference program.

Observing Gernika: 76th Anniversary

In his talk at our Gernika anniversary observance, Basque visiting scholar Unai Belaustegi will deliver a lecture, “From Guernica to Gernika, through Juan de Larrea’s Guernica” that explores the relationship between the bombing, Picasso’s famous painting, and Juan de Larrea’s work and shows how Gernika and Guernica have become symbols of the struggle against oppression and violence.

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CBS's Mariann Vaczi Honored by UNR

The Center for Basque Studies is proud to announce that graduate student and Ph.D. candidate Mariann Vaczi has won the University of Nevada, Reno’s, 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher Award and the Outstanding International Graduate Student Award.

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Basques on the Big Screen

Come join the Center for Basque Studies three nights this April to celebrate and enjoy Basque cinema and culture! Our Spring 2013 Cinema Colloquium will take place April 5, 12, and 19 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at the Wells Fargo Auditorium, MIKC 124.
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Basque Literary History

On March 13 Joseba Zulaika helped present the Center for Basque Studies newest publication, Basque Literary History, in Donostia – San Sebastian in the Basque County.
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Bill Douglass: Mr. Basque

In 2012 the Center for Basque Studies was privileged to publish William A. Douglass: Mr. Basque by Miel Elustondo. The subject of the book, Bill Douglass, is very near and dear to us here at the Center and we caught up with Bill to ask him some questions about the book and his role in the publication (in addition to being the books subject, he is also the translator of the English language edition!).

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Zoe Bray Art Show

Zoe Bray's major solo exhibition of her paintings entitled, Intimacy, is showing at the Sheppard Contemporary Gallery, in the Fine Art Department of the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The exhibition is on until the 18th of February. Open weekdays only, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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An Interview with Joseba Zulaika

Joseba Zulaika talks about his recent lectures and his research concerning the Bilbao Guggenheim.

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CBS’s Daniel Montero heads to the Durango Azoka book and music fair!

CBS publications coordinator, Daniel Montero, is getting ready for his fourth consecutive trip to the Durango Azoka fair taking place December 4 through 9, 2012. Durango Azoka is a unique event in the Basque Country. More than just a book and music showcase, it is a genuine celebration of Basque culture, with busy four-day schedule of events, performances, book launches, dinners, and much more.

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The Center for Basque Studies will be hosting “On the Prevention of Cultural Genocide: Self-Determination and the Protection of Cultural Rights” November 14–15, 2012.

This conference has been funded with generous support by the UNR College of Liberal Arts Hillard Endowment. More information to follow.

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Basque Language Student Wins Gold

CBS language student, Alexander (Alex) Wade, competed in the 2012 International Linguistic Olympiad (IOL) this summer in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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Irujo Researches Basque Exile in New Book

The Center for Basque Studies is proud to announce the publication of Professor Xabier Irujo's Expelled from the Motherland: The Government of President Jose Antonio Agirre in Exile, 1937–1960.

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An Interview with Pedro Oiarzabal

Pedro Oiarzabal talks about his forthcoming book, his research into the Basque online community, and his work to help preserve Basque culture and oral history.

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Dr. Ott Earns Sabbatical Research Year

Center for Basque Studies professor Sandra Ott discusses her research plans, her upcoming book, and how she will spend her sabbatical year from UNR.

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CBS Advisory Board and Professors Meet in the Basque Country

The Center’s Advisory Board summer meeting took place in the Basque Country from July 3 to 7. In addition to the Advisory Board members, UNR President Marc Johnson was also in attendance. They took advantage of the international visit to meet with Basque Country officials, who reaffirmed their support for our mission, and other institutes, including the Instituto Cultural Vasco, with its headquarters in Ustaritz.

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Basque Sheepherder Monument

The Basque Sheepherder Monument in Rancho San Rafael Park has been restored with new Donor and Memorial Plaques.

The monument was created by Basque artist Nestor Basterretxea and depicts a Basque sheepherder carrying a lamb beneath a moon. The monument was designed to represent the sheepherder and his descendants in the American West, as well as all Basques throughout the world.

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Center for Basque Studies Announces Scholarships

Reno, NV – The Center for Basque Studies announces the availability of a student scholarship, for freshman as well as continuing students of Basque descent, at the University of Nevada, Reno, established as a memorial to esteemed Nevada Basques. In 1995, a scholarship was established in memory of Dolores Saval Trigero, the daughter of immigrants from the Basque Country in Spain. This scholarship is awarded to a Nevada resident of Basque descent, preferably from a rural area of the state.

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Call for Applications for a New Graduate Assistant in Basque Family History

The CBS is delighted to announce the creation of a new, four-year graduate assistantship ($16,000 per annum) for a Ph.D. student (the Campos Graduate Assistant) in Basque Studies. Such research might include the construction of Basque genealogies, oral histories, studies of migration, inheritance practices, gender, work, mobility and marriage patterns among the Basques. A Master’s degree in Oral History or History is required.

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Gema Egaña, wife of José Ramón Cengotitabengoa, died of cancer on January 27. Gema was a long-time donor and friend of the Center for Basque Studies. We will miss her dearly.

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Fall Courses

Do you have a hole in your Fall schedule that needs to be filled? Consider taking one of our Basque language and culture courses or working on earning a Basque Studies Minor.

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Violence and Communication

The Center for Basque Studies is proud to announce the publication of Violence and Communication, the eighth volume in our Current Research Series in conjunction with the University of the Basque Country. In Violence and Communication both the generic and particular aspects of expression and representation of violence are explored. This expression and its consequences are explored in diverse global historical examples of violent events, thematic issues, as well as terrorist violence in the Basque Country. This book examines the representation of these different forms of violence in both the visual media (film, television, and photography) and the printed word (newspapers, literature, and so on). In short, Violence and Communication attempts to visualize what have been often invisible forms of violence, as well as critically analyze the multiple ways that violence is represented and communicated. For more information on this book, click here.
Ott Lectures at Society for French Historical Studies

Sandy Ott took part in the annual conference of the Society for French Historical Studies (SFHS) in Los Angeles from March 22–24, 2012,. The University of Southern California hosted the event, which brought nearly 300 scholars of France together for two days of presentations and round table discussions. Sandy organized the round table panel on postwar France, entitled “Ownerless Art, Looted Books, Lost Homes, Visions of Gender, and What Made the News in Liberated France.” Her own presentation focused on “Scandals, Tensions, and Courtroom Drama: What Made the Press in the Pyrenean Borderlands, 1944–1947.” She talked about (among other things) the high rate of abortion on the Basque coast in 1944, Churchill’s summer holiday in a Basque villa near Donibane Lohitzun in June 1945, and how the press handled the trials of suspected collaborators in the postwar years.
Bray Covered in Magazine Enbata

On March 1, Zoe Bray was featured in the French Basque weekly magazine Enbata with her article “Art and Identity”, in which she talks about the different perceptions and expectations of 'Basque art' for Basque people from the Old and New Worlds.

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