Community members are invited to the Moscow Public Library on Thursday, August 1 from 5:30pm-6:30pm for Aukera: A History of the Basques in Idaho, a presentation from John Bieter, Co-Director of the Basque Studies Collaborative at Boise State University. Aukera is a Basque word that means both choice and opportunity. Through discussion and historic photos, John will present a generational look at Basque history in Idaho: "what parents wanted to forget, grandchildren fight to remember."
John Bieter graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in Social Science and a concentration in Economics. He completed his Masters degree at Boise State University and his thesis was published as An Enduring Legacy: A History of the Basques in Idaho. John earned his doctoral degree from Boston College where he focused his research and teaching interests on Immigration and Ethnicity, the American West, and American Catholicism. In 2015, John published Showdown in the Big Quiet: Land, Myth and Government in the American West which earned an Idaho Author Award for nonfiction. Currently, John serves as a professor in the History department and as Co-Director of the Basque Studies Collaborative at Boise State University.