The Koldo Mitxelena Chair, part of the network of Basque Studies Chairs created by the Etxepare Basque Institute at universities around the world, is held annually in Chicago. This year’s guest professor in charge of the academic program, which is already underway, is Ricardo Etxepare.
A seminar on Basque linguistics will be held on May 9, in which Etxepare will give a lecture together with linguistics experts Itxaso Rodriguez-Ordoñez (Southern Illinois University Carbondale) and José Ignacio Hualde (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).
As head of this year´s program, Ricardo Etxepare has also delivered two other seminars: on May 2 he spoke about linguistic variants, and on May 7 about syntax and morphology. Etxepare presented the results of his latest work revolving around the history of the Basque language and the evolution of its grammar. In addition, he has also arranged appointments with students and doctoral students to talk about their projects.
The goal of this chair, founded in 2012, is to extend Basque Studies in North America. It is part of the Division of Humanities at the University of Chicago, and every year hosts a renowned Basque professor who imparts seminars and lectures about Basque humanistic studies over a four-month period.