Monthly lecture series via Zoom restarts

Trevor Steele and Joanne Johns (21 February 2021)

The 3rd Sunday of each month
4–6pm Sydney time (UTC+11)


(All lectures in Esperanto)

21 February 2021

Amnesty International – Trevor Steele (Australia)
Trevor will explain the origin, history, aims and principles of this world-famous association, and mention some of its achievements.
Who am I? DNA for genealogy – Joanne Johns (Australia)
Hear a stranger-than-fiction story of a nine-year search for one amorous crew member. Is it possible to find a family member without even a name?

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Previous sessions

(All lectures in Esperanto)

20 December 2020

ACM: Afrika Centro Mondcivitana (African World-Citizen Centre) – François HOUNSOUNOU (Benin). ACM Benin is a non-government non-profit organisation. It has a double role: education and Esperanto. François clarified its role. [Note: Unfortunately, the sound quality of the original lecture was too low, due to a bad internet connection, so this is a new recording.]
The Communication Mask Initiative – Rainer Kurz (Germany). Rainer founded the initiative The non-profit team is developing see-through masks against COVID-19 so that we can soon start normal life again without endangering others.

15 November 2020

Eldonejo Lorenz: 45 years promoting spiritism and Esperanto – Alvaro Motta (Brazil)
The Filipino language: an identity crisis? A curious product of colonial memory – Albert Stalin Garrido (Philippines)
The Filipino language, officially the national language of the Philippines, has a curious element: it is a confusing mix of several languages, local and foreign. How does that affect its speakers? Can you understand a few sentences? Take a look at the curious language policy in the Philippines, itself a trace of centuries of colonial roots.

18 October 2020

MAS (Monda Asembleo Socia = World Social Assembly) – Through pictures, Eddy Raats (Belgium) explained the constitution of MAS, then talked about MAS publications and showed the covers of some new publications. Finally, he presented some of his works and talked about his current project.
KER exams – Szabolcs SZILVA (Hungary/Poland) explained the meaning of KER exams and led a number of interactive tasks with the participants. He also presented his new book, Pri Kio Temas. (Note: Szabolcs SZILVA does not officially represent the KER team.)

20 September 2020

My life as an Esperantist – Famous Esperantist Carl Minnaja explored his very diverse life as an Esperantist and also alluded to a few non-Esperantist parts.
Asocio de Verduloj Esperantistaj (AVE)Manfred Westermayer from Germany presented the history, evolution, aims, achievements and current situation of AVE, the Association of Green Esperantists.
Information about AVE (in Esperanto)

16 August 2020

Historic pandemics and their aftermathTrevor Steele (Australia)
Kenwood House: an historic mansion in north LondonAnna Löwenstein (UK). Anna is a volunteer (in happier times) at Kenwood House in north London. This beautiful mansion is now full of outstanding artwork from the 17th to 19th centuries. Anna showed some of the most important paintings, and told us some unexpected facts about the people who lived there 250 years ago.

19 July 2020

Monato – 40 years: the history of the world-famous Esperanto magazine – Paŭl Peeraerts (Belgium), chief editor of Monato
The main sociological reasons for and effects of COVID-19, and how Hungary has succeeded in dealing with the epidemic – Dr Márkus Gábor (Hungary), economist and author

Future dates and topics

(To be announced)