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Ibarretxe presented the Lehendakari Agirre Center in San Francisco; on Sunday he will do it in New York

2012/06/22

Former Basque president Ibarretxe presenting the Lehendakari Agirre Center at the San Francisco's Basque Cultural Center (photo SFBCC)
Former Basque president Ibarretxe presenting the Lehendakari Agirre Center at the San Francisco's Basque Cultural Center (photo SFBCC)
Lehendakari Juan Jose Ibarretxe visited San Francisco’s Basque Cultural Center last Tuesday to present the Lehendakari Agirre Center in person. This center is supported by various universities and political research centers, such as Columbia and George Mason Universities. Its goal is to present the experiences and achievements of Basque people in areas like economics, business, sustainable development and self-government, internationally, sharing these experiences with others. This Sunday, Ibarretxe will present the project at New York’s Eusko Etxea Basque Center.

San Francisco, CA.  The Basque Cultural Center in San Francisco was the site last Tuesday of a presentation of the Lehendakari Agirre Center, a think tank presided by Basque former president Juan Jose Ibarretxe.  The center has support from the US universities of Columbia and George Mason and is named after Lehendakari Jose Antonio Agirre who led the Basque Government during the war of 1936, and during its subsequent exile.  During his exile in New York, Agirre was a Professor at Columbia and so the center is using his name as a symbol of his legacy in the Basque Country as well as in the US.

Ibarretxe’s presentation at the BCC brought together  a large group of Basque-Californians, including Valerie Arrechea, President of NABO and the Basque Cultural Center; Christian Iribarren San Francisco Basque Club president; Phillippe Acheritogaray, former BCC president and current San Francisco Basque club treasurer, as well as members from both Basque clubs and the Bay Area Basque community.

[Members of the California Basque community, Philippe Acheritogaray, Xabier Berrueta, and Christian Iribarren posing with Juan Jose Ibarretxe (photo SFBCC)]


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