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Recap of 2018-2019 Basque Studies Events

2019 Eloise Garmendia Bieter Chair in Basque Studies

Guest Lecture: ‘Transmission of Values in Basque Modern Art’

2019 Eloise Garmendia Bieter Chair in Basque Studies

April 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm MDT
The Boise State Eloise Garmendia Bieter Chair in Basque Studies, together with the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, presents “Transmission of Values in Basque Modern Art,” a lecture by Professor Ismael Manterola from the University of the Basque Country. A reception will follow the April 24 talk in the Education Building."Mirentu," a painting by Aurelio Arteta

“Mirentxu,” by Basque painter Aurelio Arteta (1879-1940).The talk is free and open to the public. For more information: nlete@boisestate.eduWhile on campus, Manterola will be a guest lecturer in three classes, The Study of History (topic: “History versus stories: James Elkins’ new History of art. How Memory studies, Gender Studies, Post-colonial Studies have changed the ways of making history: the Basque case”); Spain Today (topic: “El boom de la memoria en España: un caso de estudio en el País Vasco”); Basque Culture (topic: “History and Memory in Basque art: I. Transmission of values in Basque art II. Memories of Forgetting: a case study).

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Professor Manterola with Eloise Garmendia Bieter’s children.


Basque Studies Program to Screen Award-Winning Basque Film Handia.

The Basque Studies Minor at Boise State University will participate in Euskaraldia, a worldwide initiative to promote the Basque language, Nov.23-Dec.3.The program will screen the Basque film “Handia” at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, in the Simplot/Micron Advising and Success Hub (SMASH), room 116. The screening is free and open to the public.“Handia” (“Giant” in English), is based on the life of Miguel Joaquin Eleizegui Arteaga. Born in 1819 in the Gipuzkoan town of Altzo, Arteaga had acromegaly, a disease caused by a defect in the pituitary gland that causes excessive secretion of growth hormones. He grew to weigh 467 pounds and stand 7’4″. Arteaga and his brother traveled through Europe, convinced that people would pay to see the man who came to be known as the “Giant from Altzo.” Their ambitions changed the destiny of their family forever.The film was nominated for 13 Goya awards, granted annually by the Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of Spain. It won 10, including best original screenplay, best new actor and best original score. See the movie trailer online:

Film Screening
Film Screening

Professor Gandarias and professor Lete welcoming guests to the viewing of Handia.

Handia Poster

Song of the Basque II – The Legacy Continues

Seventy years ago, Boise Music Week invited the Basque community to stage its first-ever, formal, public music and dance performance entitled, “Song of the Basque.”  Seven decades later, a few of the original cast members will be joined by later generations of performers to once again be part of the Music Week Celebration.  “Song of the Basque II – The Legacy Continues” will entertain the audience with the story of generations coming to this area and becoming Basque-Americans while holding on to their tradition of music and dance.  Traditional songs and dances will be augmented by photos and video projections including some from the original 1949 production, with cast members ranging in age from 4 years to 94 years.

Our own Basque Section professors Gandarias and Lete played a young immigrant and her Boarding house owner aunt before a 2,000 audience Morrison Center full-house.

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Song of the Basque Cast Photo

Mintza ta Pizza

Students get together to speak Basque and eat pizza!

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The Basque Section joined the Basque Museum and Cultural Center to celebrate Korrika 2019 in support of the Basque language.

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