Boise State University: Eloise Garmendia Chair 2022

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    Feb 2022
    Feb 2022

The Eloise Garmendia Bieter Chair at Boise State University (BSU), supported by the Etxepare Basque Institute, has announced a series of lectures from Friday 25th to the 28th of this month, given by Dr. Xabier Irujo, Director of the Center for Basque Studies at Boise State University (Nevada, Reno, USA). Irujo will give two lectures: ´Confronting Trauma: Writing about Gernika´ and ´Wor(l)d Building: Writing Historical Fiction´.

The first lecture will take place on February 25th at 12:00 in the Bishop Barnwell Room of the Student Union Building. The second will be at 6:00 pm on the 28th in the Interactive Learning Center (ILC), room 213. Interested parties can join the lecture via zoom by emailing Nere Lete at: All lectures will be in English and are free of charge.

On February 22nd, Xabier Irujo will join historian Lisa Brady´s class, ´History 501: The Study of History´, and on March 3rd, at 6:00 pm, he will take part in a presentation at the Boise Basque Museum and Cultural Centre entitled ´An Idahoan Named Egurtxiki: The man who learned Euskara to write about the bombing of Gernika´.

William Smallwood, alias ´Egurtxiki´, learned to speak Euskara in order to interview survivors of the bombing of Gernika. He came to Gernika in 1972 and authored the book ‘The Day Guernica was Bombed’. Egurtxiki passed away last year. His life and legacy will be celebrated at the event.

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