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Basque writer Bernardo Atxaga will inaugurate the chair named after him on September 16th in New York


Bernardo Atxaga in a previous lecture in New York, at the Pen World Voices (photo Koitz)
Bernardo Atxaga in a previous lecture in New York, at the Pen World Voices (photo Koitz)


The latest chair established by the Etxepare Institute, a subsidiary of the Basque Government’s Ministry of Culture, has been named for the Basque Country’s most widely translated author, Bernardo Atxaga, at the City University of New York (CUNY). Several events have been organized to mark the occasion beginning on September 9th and concluding with the official presentation of the chair on September 16th. All events are open to the public excepting a mini-seminar that is reserved for registered students only, or those with special permission from the program’s Executive Officer.

New York, NY, USA. The Etxepare Basque Institute is proud to announce the inauguration the Bernardo Atxaga Chair in Basque Literature and Linguistics.  Part of the Etxepare Institute’s goal is the promotion and diffusion of the Basque language and culture.  Besides the creation of 32 assistantships in universities around the world, it has been instrumental in the creation of university chairs such as the Atxaga chair.  Atxaga himself will be the first incumbent of the chair during the 2011-12 academic year. 

Atxaga has authored a myriad of works and has covered all literary genres.  He was most recently awarded the Mondello Prize (2008), an honor he shares with the authors of the likes of Doris Lessing, José Saramago and J.M. Coetzee. 

The festivities will begin on September 9th with a talk by Dr. Mari Jose Olaziregi, the institute’s director in this area, and will conclude with a lecture by Bernardo Atxaga himself, in the company of Ms. Blanca Urgell, Minister of Culture of the Basque Government as well as Dr. Louise Lennihan Associate Provost and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Graduate Center at CUNY.

Friday 9

6:00 p.m. [The Graduate Center, room 9204]
Utopia and Transgression in Bernardo Atxaga’s Literary Universe
«Utopía y transgresión en el universo literario de Bernardo Atxaga»
Lecture by Mari Jose Olaziregi Alustiza (Etxepare Basque Institute) in Spanish.
[Open to the public]

Monday 12 through Friday 16

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. [The Graduate Center, room 9204]
Culture and Political Change in Euskadi
«Cultura y cambio político en Euskadi»
Mini-seminar taught by Bernardo Atxaga in Spanish.
[Only for registered Students or with special permission from the
program’s Executive Officer]

Tuesday 13

6:00 p.m. [The Graduate Center, Martin Segal Theater. First floor]
«Katuak eta paradisua / Los gatos y el paraíso / Cats and paradise»
Poetry Reading by Bernardo Atxaga, Amaia Gabantxo (translator)
and Jabier Muguruza (musician). In Basque, Spanish and English.
[Open to the public]

Friday 16

2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. [The Graduate Center, room C197]
Film: «Zeru horiek / Esos cielos / The Lone Woman»
by Aizpea Goenaga, based on Bernardo Atxaga’s novel The Lone Woman (1999). Followed by a colloquium with writer and director in Spanish.
[Open to the public]

Friday 16

6:00 p.m. [The Graduate Center, Skylight Room. Ninth floor. Followed by reception in room 4116]
Official presentation of the Bernardo Atxaga Chair
“Trip to the Center” «Viaje al centro». Lecture by Bernardo Atxaga in Spanish.
With the attendance of Mrs. Blanca Urgell, Basque Minister of Culture, and Dr. Louise Lennihan, Associate Provost and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Graduate Center.
[Open to the public]



  • Erantzuna Andu-ri

    Kaixo Andu. Ekitaldien helbidea: CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room. 365 Fifth Ave. New York, NY. Gonbidapenak edota argibideak lortzeko, idatzi Noemi Gonzalo-Bilbaori helbidera edo, telefonoz, deitu 646-368-6040 ext 103 zenbakira. On egin, eta gogoa baduzu idatzi ondoren nola joan zaizun esanez, 09/11/2011 00:07

  • Bernanrdo Atxaga

    Kaixo, NY-en urte bat igarotzen ari naizen euskaldun bat naiz. Astelehena Irailaren 12-ko Bernardo Atxagaren Hitzaldira joan nahi nuke, badirudi bertara joateko gonbidapen bat behar dela. Bestalde non dira eitaldi guztiak. BesarKadA handi bat: Andu

    Andu Martinez de Rituerto, 09/10/2011 15:02

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