This will be the eighth edition of the summer course "Excellence in Basque Studies" organized by the Etxepare Basque Institute in collaboration with the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU). This year the key is innovation. For two days the course will bring together people interested in teaching Basque language and culture abroad.
The aim of the course, which takes place every year, is to offer tools and training for current and future teachers of Basque language and culture abroad. The main topic of this edition will be innovation, delving into different cultural disciplines: literature, theater, music, film ...).
With this objective, the Etxepare Institute has organized a two-day program, to be held on July 9 and 10 at the Miramar Palace in Donostia. The program will start by analyzing trends in innovation in different disciplines. Estibaliz Ezkerra will begin by talking about literature, followed by Jon Eskisabel, who will discuss music, and Miren Jaio, whose talk will be on the plastic and visual arts. In the afternoon, the readers (teachers of Basque studies in foreign universities) of Chile and Leipzig, Mireia Orbegozo and Unai Lauzirika, will share their experiences.
The following day filmmaker and UPV-EHU professor Iratxe Fresneda will talk about the new paths of Basque cinema. Next Aizpea Goenaga will analyze the current challenges of Basque theater. The morning session will close with former lehendakari and director of Agirre Lehendakaria Center, Juan Jose Ibarretxe, who will give a lecture entitled "The K is the key" ("Culture is the key"). The course will wrap up with a roundtable discussion with Juan Jose Ibarretxe, Garbiñe Iztueta (director of the Etxepare Institute’s department of Euskera), Irene Larraza (director of the Etxepare Institute) and Unai Lauzirika (reader in Leipzig).
Detailed information and registration here.