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Swahili Lessons beginning August 20th

Swahili Lessons 

Beginning August 20th 

Did you know that the Swahili language only uses 23 letters? 
Or that two or three written vowels that follow each other never merge to form a single sound? (For example, ei is pronounced “e-ee”) 

Join us for this unique experience of learning a beautiful language that will be taught by Makambo Dimathas, a refugee and teacher from Congo.
This is a great opportunity to learn the Swahili language, as no other classes are offered in the Boise area!

Location: World Relief office (6702 W. Fairview Ave, Boise)
Start date: August 20, 2012
Duration: 3 months
Days: Monday and Wednesday
Time: 6pm to 730pm
Cost: $10 per class ($80/month, $240/3 months paid in full)

*flexible payment plans available-we just ask that you commit for the full 3 months

Please contact Lynn Hyneman to register for the class, or if you have any questions about the class schedule, payment details, etc.
Phone: 887-4821 (evenings) 

This will be an exciting class ~ don’t miss out! 

Heather Darrington receives Fulbright award

Photo of Heather DarringtonHeather Darrington, a Boise State senior, has been awarded a Fulbright teaching assistantship in Austria for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Through the program, a partnership between the Austrian-American Education Commission and the Fulbright Program, Darrington will be working at three different schools in Bad Aussee, a small town in the Austrian Alps.  According to the program mission, “U.S. teaching assistants not only enhance the instruction of English from a linguistic perspective; they are also valuable resources for first-hand information about the “American way of life” and representatives of the United States.”  Darrington is an English Literature major with a German minor, who is currently studying abroad in Saarbrücken, Germany with the goal of becoming fluent in German.  She will be teaching in Austria from September to May, with the possibility of renewing her contract for a second year.  For more information about the program, please consult program website:

Adrian Kane publishes book review

Adrian Kane, Associate Professor of Spanish, recently published a book review of Laura Barbas-Rhoden’s “Ecological Imaginations in Latin American Fiction” in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (ISLE). ISLE is the premier journal in its field. The review can be found at:

Erma Nezirevic will pursue a Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Erma Nezirevic (B.A. Spanish, 2008), Adjunct Instructor of Spanish, has been accepted at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities to pursue a Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese Studies. She will specialize in postwar Spanish Peninsular literature and film. Erma will start the program in the Fall 2012 with full funding and a Graduate Teaching Assistantship.

Basque-language immersion program in the Basque Country

Roman Ybarlucea (Mudlake, Idaho), after completing two years of Basque language courses at BSU, will be attending a month-long Basque-language immersion program in the Basque Country. He will be joined by university students from all over the world who are studying Basque. These students will come from Spain, United States, Poland, Germany, France, Mexico, Russia and England, among others. He will meet students, who like him, are interested in learning Basque — and they will do it while speaking Basque as their “lingua franca.”
This summer Roman will have the opportunity both to further his Basque language studies, and to visit his father’s family and village in the Basque Country.
What a wonderful experience for this BSU student!

Roman’s stay in the Basque Country is sponsored by the Etxepare Institute (Basque Government), the Basque Studies Program at Boise State and the Office of International Learning Opportunities at BSU.

Basque Cinema Course in the Basque Country

Nere Lete, Assistant Professor of Basque, will teach a course on Basque Cinema in the Basque Country through the USAC program during the month of July.

Heike Henderson publishes article about Austrian writer Eva Rossmann

Photo of Heike HendersonHeike Henderson, associate professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, recently published an article about Austrian writer Eva Rossmann in Studia Austriaca. Her article “Eva Rossmann’s mystery novel “Russen kommen — The Russians Are Coming: New Crimes, Old Fears, and Intercultural Alliances,” is accessible online.

Exchanges Include and Go Beyond the Blue with Dedication of New Turf at Japan’s Hosei University

“In 2004, when Boise State’s Tetsuya Ehara and Hosei University’s Hajime Kiyohara first talked of an exchange between their universities, they never imagined it would extend beyond students and academic programs.”


Find more information about Hosei University’s blue turf in Japan at


Nere Lete assisted the crew for Madonna’s tour.

Nere LeteNerea Lete, who teaches in the Basque Studies program in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, assisted the crew this week for pop star Madonna’s current tour. Basque music group Kalakan is on tour with Madonna. The crew contacted Boise’s Basque History Museum interested in purchasing some objects and requested help with the translation of a few Basque words.

Click here to view a video of Madonna performing with the Basque group.

June 16 Dinner Benefits Boise State Basque Program, Oinkari Dancers

Posted By | Jun 5th, 2012 – 4:27 pm | Posted In: College of Social Sciences & Public Affairs

The community is invited to an evening of Basque food and apple wine at a fundraiser for the Boise State University Basque Studies Center and the Oinkari Basque Dancers. The event is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Basque Center at 601 Grove St. in Boise.

Cost for dinner, drinks, a silent and live auction, raffles and musical entertainment is $50 each, or two for $90. Seating is limited. RSVP to Lael Uberuaga at, or call 557-1960.

Basque Dancers“This collaboration between Idaho’s renowned Basque dancing group, the Oinkari Basque Dancers, and Boise State’s Basque Studies Center brings the tastes of the Basque Country to our community. We are honored to be working together to advance Basque culture in the valley,” said John Bieter, assistant director of the Basque Studies Program. “It’s going to be a ball!”

Cider houses, known in the Basque language as sagardotegiak, are similar to wineries, only the end product is apple wine (sagardoa). Found throughout the Basque country, they are popular gathering places for an evening of fun.

The Basque Studies Program at Boise State is a multi-disciplinary course of advanced study that involves all aspects of the language, culture and history of the Basque people.