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Vince Juaristi to Give Free Lecture Feb. 1

America’s Deal: A new Basque Home on the Range

Vince Juaristi to Give Free Lecture Feb. 1 graphic.During the 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Elko native and Basque Author, Vince Juaristi will give a free historical lecture about the Nevada legislative efforts that brought Basque workers to the United States post World War II at Great Basin College.

After World War II, the price of wool fell precipitously in the United States. To shore up losses, sheep ranchers expanded herds and sought new workers – hard workers – who could work sunup to sundown without complaint. The ranchers petitioned Nevada Senator McCarran to bring workers from the Basque Country. Basque men migrated from Spain and France to the West. Today, the progeny of these immigrants still inhabit much of the region serving as doctors, lawyers, business leaders, politicians, and scientists.

Juaristi’s presentation at GBC is sponsored by Nevada Humanities and the Western Folklife Center.

The free lecture is open to the public and will take place 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1 at Great Basin College in the Greenhaw Technical Arts building, room 130.

Guests in Winnemucca, Ely, Battle Mountain and Lovelock are also able to attend via interactive video at their respected GBC locations. Battle Mountain Center Room 4; Ely Center Room 114, Lovelock Pershing County Education Building; Pahrump Valley Center Room 120; Winnemucca Center Room 122.

Juaristi is CEO of ARBOLA, Inc, a technology company in Alexandria, VA. He graduated from Harvard with a Masters in Public Policy, and later served in appointed positions for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Vince has written two books: Back to Bizcaya and Basque Firsts. He donates all royalties to scholarships, and is also a member of the Great Basin College Advisory Council. But at heart, Vince says he’s still a farm-boy who hails from Elko.

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