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The Etxepare Basque Institute has created Koldo Mitxelena and Eduardo Txillida Chairs

2012-05-18  ¦  .

The Mitxelena Chair will be inaugurated in April in Chicago, and the Txillida Chair in the fall in Frankfurt

According to the Etxepare Basque Institute, the Chair named for linguist Koldo Mitxelena will be inaugurated on April 11 at the University of Chicago (United States), and in the fall the Eduardo Txillida Chair in Art will be inaugurated at Goethe University in Frankfurt (Germany). The Etxepare Basque Institute has also begun planning the agenda for this year’s Bernardo Atxaga Chair at CUNY University in New York (United States). Writer and University of the Basque Country Professor of Phonology Lourdes Oñederra will be the first professor to hold the Koldo Mitxelena Chair. The opening festivities for the Chair were organized by the Etxepare Basque Institute in collaboration with Chicago’s Cervantes Institute and the Division of Humanities of the University of Chicago. The events will take place April 9-22 at various locations: the Cervantes Institute and the Reva and David Logan Center, both in Chicago, as well as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. All events will be free and open to the public.

The following events, among others, will be on the program: talks by journalists who are experts in the field of Basque culture, such as Paddy Woodworth; roundtables by Basque writers such as Arantxa Urretabizkaia and Eider Rodriguez; Basque films by Helena Tabera and Asier Alguna as part of the Latino Film Festival; and an exhibit by Erlea Maneros Zabala at the University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for Creative and Performing Arts, which will remain on display until May 13.

The Eduardo Txillida Chair will begin with the 2012-2013 academic year, and its purpose will be to encourage the familiarization with and disseminated of the artist’s work in an academic setting. The Frankfurt Library of the Arts will dedicate a section to the full bibliography of the artist. Additionally, a researcher will be invited each year to give a series of lectures or seminars.