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Richard W. Etulain, a prize-winning historian specializing in the history of the American West will provide an introduction to the Euskaldunak and Amerikanuak, the Old World and American Basques.

As the son of a Spanish Basque immigrant father and a sod house frontier mother, Richard W. Etulain was reared on a sheep ranch in eastern Washington. After public schools in Washington State, he attended Northwest Nazarene College (now University) and graduated with high honors in history and English. He gained a master's and PhD from the University of Oregon.  He taught at his alma mater, Idaho State University and University of New Mexico. While at UNM he edited the New Mexico Historical Review (1979-85) and later directed the Center for the American West (1989-2001).