Thanks to the agreement signed this week between the Etxepare Basque Institute and the University Paris Sorbonne, this university - the most prestigious one in France- will offer a Basque Studies program from 2016 on. The Institute has already a readership of Basque Language and Culture at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle; the agreement will complete this offer, and raise the Basque Studies at the highest level of recognition.
The head teacher at Université Sorbonne IV Maitane Ostolaza will teach the course "Matières de la Culture Basque", at the Department of Iberian and Latin-american Studies. On the other hand, Basque language classes will be also held at the center SIAL -Service des Langues- Interuniversitaire d´Apprentissage- at the level called "Grands débutants". The teacher in charge of leading these classes will be the reader of the Etxepare Institute at the Sorbonne Nouvelle.
SIAL is an inter-university study service of language learning for students, researchers and teachers of COMUE Sorbonne Université that mainly gathers the following entities: Paris Sorbonne, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Le Museum national d´Histoire Naturelle, Université Technologique de Compiègne and INSEAD.
Yesterday, November 5, the Sorbonne hosted an institutional event, which was widely supported by the university, with the institutional presence of the responsible of the agreement, Mari Jose Olaziregi, Director for the Promotion and Dissemination of the Basque language and Universities Area of the Etxepare Basque Institute and Nancy Berthier, Department of Iberian and Latin-american Studies of Paris Sorbonne. Some other guests also attended the event: Maitane Ostolaza, Coordinator of the Basque Studies program, Eric Beaumatin from Sorbonne Nouvelle, the film director Jose Mari Goenaga, the Director of the program Kimuak Txema Muñoz, the representative of the Institute Ramon Llull and members of the Euskal Etxea of Paris, among others.
Along with signing the agreement, the Institute and the University Paris Sorbonne offered a cultural program on Basque cinema this week at the university, under the title Zinema-Cinema film cycle, which has been composed of a Master Class and two projections. On November 4, the Director of Kimuak Txema Muñoz and Carlos Belmonte, researcher of visual arts at the Sorbonne-Paris University, offered a Master Class that aroused great interest. In the afternoon, on the other hand, the selection of short films of Kimuak was projected.
The following day, the film 80 egunean was screened in the Richieu Amphitheatre; at the end of the projection Jose Mari Goenaga, one of the directors, talked about the film with the audience. Nancy Berthierre invited the director to return the following year and sincerely appreciated the opportunity to project such a high-level film.
Therefore, everything is ready at the Sorbonne to provide a privileged place to Basque Studies at the university.