William A. Douglass Center for Basque Studies

The Center for Basque Studies houses the Jon Bilbao Basque Library – one of the world’s largest collections of Basque-related materials, currently at 55,000 volumes.


The Center for Basque Studies voices its strongest disapproval of the inhumane and brutal events that have taken place in Minneapolis and elsewhere in the world. Social justice is a goal of humanity. Beyond the borders of the United States, as well as within them, police brutality and xenophobic attitudes have cost the lives of George Floyd and so many other Black Americans, as well as the young Syrian refugee, Ahmed Abu Emad, in Europe this spring. The racism and injustice in all such tragic cases must be denounced, rejected and contested. We must strive for peace, thorough respect for human rights, freedom and equality in all aspects of our lives and those of others. Our University must be one of the primary upholders of these social values here in Reno and worldwide.

Minneapolisen gertatutako gertaerek gure salaketa merezi dute. Justizia soziala humanitatearen helburua da. Ameriketako Estatu Batuetako mugetatik harago, Europan ere, udaberri honetan Ahmed Abu Emad errefuxiatu siriarraren bizitza kostatu duten poliziaren basakeria eta jarrera xenofoboak salatu, baztertu eta auzitan jarri behar ditugu.

Bakea, giza eskubideen errespetu integrala, askatasuna eta berdintasuna bilakatu behar ditugu gure eguneroko jardueren helmuga.

Gure unibertsitateak balio sozial horien funtsezko bastioia behar du izan, hemen Renon eta mundu osoan zehar.

As scholars, educators and citizens committed to a more equitable and just society, the faculty and staff of the Center for Basque Studies commit to increasing our efforts to:

  1. Critically analyze the ways in which systemic racism is enrooted in Basque society and culture
  2. Include the narratives and discourses of migrants and integrate their contributions to contemporary Basque culture
  3. Critically analyze the subjection of subaltern groups and cultures
  4. Develop new frameworks to capture the concerns of minorities whose social and cultural rights are being transgressed
  5. Discuss ways to enhance the access to freedom, equality and social justice of members of minoritized groups in the U.S. and around the world

Gabriel Aresti (1933-1975) exerted an enormous influence on the eager Basque urban youth of the 1960s and 1970s, and remains a beacon to many contemporary Basque writers and cultural activists and one of the most important figures of Basque Literature. Aresti’s poem “To a Prophet” (1964) addresses the universal concern for social justice:

To a Prophet (…)

It happened one day
and, since,
it's been happening every day,
this ugly thing,
which tears up our insides
in a bad way,
because we can't accept evil,
because we can't give room to hate.
That's what the world is like,
and these days
no one is a prophet in one's own century.
The moon in the sky
looks like a red orange
a mirror to all the blood spilled in this world.

Profeta bati (…)

Behin batean gertatu zen,
eta ordutik aurrera
egunero gertatzen da,
gauza itsusi hau,
hesteak apurtzen dizkiguna,
ezpaitiogu onerizten gaiztakeriari,
higuintasunari ezpaitiogu amorerik ematen.
Halaxen da mundua,
eta gaur egunean
inor ezta profeta bere mendean.
llargiak zeruan
laranja gorri bat dirudi
mundu honetan isuri den odolaren espilu.

University of Nevada, Reno logo in black

Four Basque women dressed in Basque clothing talk to one another

Basque Studies Press

The Center for Basque Studies has its own press, the largest English-language publisher in the world about the Basques.

A group of Basque Studies graduate students stand in front of a wood sculpture

Tutorial Ph.D.

The Tutorial Ph.D. program in Basque Studies provides an opportunity to pursue doctoral studies emphasizing Basque-related courses and dissertation research.

Basque Studies news stories

It's stunning that such a central figure of Basque cultural and literary history as Joxe Mari Iparragirre has never been published in English." - Dan Ansotegui, Basque-American musician and recipient of the National Heritage Award.

Basque troubadour poems first time in English

Joxe Mari Iparragirre's poems have been translated by professor Xabier Irujo and poet David Romtvedt.

: A group of dancers participating in what appears to be a version of the Zinta Dantza, a ribbon dance. The colored ribbons are braided with the movement of the dancers around the pole. Metaphorically, the dance represents the process of life, the obstacles encountered as life progresses, and the passing from life to the afterlife.

Jon Bilbao Basque Library, Basque culture, digital archive focus of new episode of Checked Out!

“The pandemic is a shared experience. It is a global event like nothing we have seen before.” - Iñaki Arrieta Baro said.

The Princess and the Prophet book jacket

College of Liberal Arts faculty research and write on topics of racism and social justice

From the history of religion and Black culture to a modern global issue of racism, faculty examine the evolution of social justice movements