Dedication set for Center for Basque Studies

7/23/2009 - By: Natalie Savidge

The Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno is celebrating the dedication of its new location in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. The Center’s new facilities are specially designed to showcase the largest collection of Basque materials outside of the Basque country, which is also the largest special collection in the University library.

“We are excited to celebrate this amazing new facility where the University’s Center for Basque Studies will continue to strive for cultural preservation, outreach, youth revitalization and Basque-related research, instruction and publishing,” said Co-director for the Center, Eric Herzik.

The dedication also coincides with the annual convention of the North American Basque Organizations (NABO) held on campus Friday in the Knowledge Center, the 50th anniversary of the first Western Basque Festival held in Reno in 1959, and the 20th anniversary of the University’s Zenbat Gara Dance Troupe whose members have served as ambassadors and mentors for the Basque culture and dance groups throughout the American West.

Who: Basque and campus community members, invited guests, University President Milton Glick and Co-directors for the Center, Eric Herzik and Joseba Zulaika.

What: Dedication of new location and 42nd anniversary of the founding of the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada. The afternoon reception will feature Basque entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

When: 4 – 6 p.m., Friday, July 24, 2009.

Where: University of Nevada, Reno campus, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Third Floor’s North Patio. Parking is available in the Whalen parking garage directly across from the Knowledge Center.

For more information about the Center and NABO, please visit Center for Basque Studies website.


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