This note appeared at EITb:
Stanford University to offer Basque Studies course in spring
Totoricagüena, currently director of the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno will be the primary instructor of this course that takes a multi-perspective approach to understanding Basque history, culture, and society. The course will be interactive and will include a section on Basque dance and a class trip to the Piperade Restaurant in San Francisco as part of the lesson on Basque cuisine.
The President of the Basque Country, Juan Jose Ibarretxe, has also been invited to lecture at Stanford as part of this class. Casey Nevitt, a senior at Stanford initiated this course last spring by securing guest instructors and faculty sponsorship with the support of Provost Etchemendy.
"I’ve always wished there were a course at Stanford on the Basques, who have a fascinating and remarkable history," said Etchemendy, who plans to attend and encourages other interested faculty and staff to participate as well. "Introduction to Basque Studies will provide an opportunity for those who are interested in Basque history, language and culture to learn more about them from experts in the field."Nevitt stated that the purpose of the class is to spread awareness of historical and contemporary perspectives on Basque culture, politics, economics and society. She encourages all those interested to attend the class, whether taking it for academic credit or not.
Believe me when I tell you that the US citizens sorely need more understanding about the Basques, their history and political struggle. The way things are with the US media and the meddling of the self-righteous conservatives in every aspect of the US society, it is sad to see all the hatred and the degree of contempt you find against the Basques in the "land of the free".
By the way, where was this Provost Etchemendy during the campaign against Fascist José María Aznar's lectures at an US college?