The Center’s Advisory Board summer meeting took place in the Basque Country from July 3 to 7. In addition to the Advisory Board members, UNR President Marc Johnson was also in attendance. They took advantage of the international visit to meet with Basque Country officials, who reaffirmed their support for our mission, and other institutes, including the Instituto Cultural Vasco, with its headquarters in Ustaritz. The important Basque newspaper Deia gave the Center and board member Jeri Echeverria a “Thumbs Up” in its “Rostros del Día” (Faces of the Day) section, in which it said that the Center “provides a window on the world for Basque culture and society” and that Jeri “is a fountain of knowledge about the history of the Basques in the United States.” It was not all work, however, the board also took in the famous San Fermin festival in Iruñea-Pamplona, the iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, and the beautiful coastal town of Mendexa, where they were hosted for lunch by the local mayor!
Advisory Board, professors, UNR President Marc Johnson, and guests taking in the sights at Getaria.
Standing: Sandy Ott and Bill Douglass; seated left to right: two Basque sheepherders and Advisory Board member Bart Mowry.
The Advisory Board group and UNR President Marc Johnson (walking in center left) at the Bilbao Guggenheim.