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Eloise Garmendia Bieter Chair in Basque Studies lecture series

The Department of World Languages, Basque Studies Minor is proud to announce the 2022 Boise State University Eloise Garmendia Bieter Chair in Basque Studies lecture series. This year’s chair is Xabier Irujo, director of the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The Boise State University talks will take place face-to-face and via Zoom. Contact Nere Lete at for Zoom links to these lectures.

Lecture Series Topics and Dates

  • Confronting Trauma: Writing about Gernika
    Noon, Friday, Feb. 25
    Student Union Building, Bishop Barnwell Room
  • Wor(l)d Building: Writing Historical Fiction
    6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28
    Interactive Learning Center, Room 213
  • An Idahoan Named Egurtxiki: The man who learned Euskara to write about the bombing of Gernika
    6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 3
    Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Boise

William Smallwood “Egurtxiki” conducted more than one hundred clandestine interviews among survivors of the bombing of Gernika in the spring of 1972 and wrote, “The Day Guernica Was Bombed: A Story Told by Witnesses and Survivors.” He died in December, 2021 in Arizona.