Lectures on YouTube (September 2020)

2 YouTube lectures

Two more lectures via Zoom, organised by the Australian Esperanto Association, are now viewable:
Sunday, 20 September 2020

YouTube channel of the Australian Esperanto Association (“Esperanto Australia”):
www.youtube.com/channel/UCroGoFIlRT6nnni-hXve6ww

Monthly lecture series via Zoom

The heads of 2 men

Carlo Minnaja and Manfred Westermayer (20 September)

The 3rd Sunday of each month
4–6pm Sydney time (UTC+10)

Program

(All lectures in Esperanto)

18 October

(To be announced)

Previous sessions

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 topics and speakers will be announced.

Future dates

15 November 2020
20 December 2020

If you want to attend any session, or if you would like to present something yourself, please write to:
prezidanto@esperanto.org.au

We will send you a link the day before the event.

Lectures on YouTube (August 2020)

2 YouTube lectures

Two more lectures via Zoom, organised by the Australian Esperanto Association, are now viewable:
Sunday, 16 August 2020

YouTube channel of the Australian Esperanto Association (“Esperanto Australia”):
www.youtube.com/channel/UCroGoFIlRT6nnni-hXve6ww

Two lectures now on YouTube (July 2020)

2 YouTube lectures

Two lectures via Zoom, Sunday, 19 July 2020, organised by the Australian Esperanto Association:

  • Monato – 40 jaroj”: The hisory of the world-famous Esperanto magazine – Paul Peeraerts (Belgium)
    https://youtu.be/vnZ7rgO_62M
  • La ĉefaj sociosciencaj kialoj kaj efikoj de KOVIM-19, kaj kiel Hungario sukcesis trakti la epidemion” (The main sociological reasons for and effects of COVID-19, and how Hungary has succeeded in dealing with the epidemic) – Dr Márkus Gábor (Hungary)
    youtu.be/6ezevwzw4LU

YouTube channel of the Australian Esperanto Association (“Esperanto Australia”):
www.youtube.com/channel/UCroGoFIlRT6nnni-hXve6ww

Virtual One-day Congress

Sunday, 7 June 2020
Using Zoom

UPDATE 11 June 2020: Watch videos
5 Esperantists

Duncan Charters, Katalin Kováts, jOmO, Renato Corsetti, Keyhan Sayadpour

We had the following overseas presenters:
• Duncan Charters, USA
• Katalin Kováts, Netherlands
• jOmO, France
• Renato Corsetti, UK
• Keyhan Sayadpour, Iran

We also organised a few language sessions for beginners.

Participation was FREE. You could join for the whole day or chose some selected sessions only.

PROGRAM

[Eastern Australian time zone (UTC+10:00)]

All lectures, and videos, are in Esperanto.

08:30
Opening “ceremony”: Welcome, clarification about the program

09:00
Esperanto during COVID-19 – Duncan Charters, USA (president of the World Esperanto Association)

10:00
The Encyclopedia of Adam Lindsay Gordon – John Adams and the Torquay Esperanto Coffee Club

10:30
A famous-unknown woman from Adelaide – Katja Steele, Australia

10:45
Quiz: Languages and geography – Benno Lang, Australia

11:00
Coffee break

11:30
The COVID-19 pandemic and the health system in Iran – Keyhan Sayadpour, Iran (president of the Iranian Esperanto Association)

12:30
Lunch

13:30
Diaries from Hell: The chronicles of Viktor Klemperer – Trevor Steele, Australia
Viktor Klemperer was a Jew who miraculously survived the 12 years of Hitler.

14:30
Montessori education – Penny Vos, Australia
What it is, and how it presents possibilities both for and through Esperanto

15:30
Coffee break

16:00
Important issues in the teaching of Esperanto – Katalin Kováts, Netherlands

17:00
How I write songs – jOmO, France (world-famous singer)

18:00
Dinner

19:00
English and Esperanto – Renato Corsetti, UK

20:00 → 
Informal chat

2020 congress: comments & photos

Australia-New Zealand Congress and Summer school – Auckland, New Zealand (10 – 19 January 2020)

The 2020 Congress and Summer school was held at St Francis Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland, New Zealand.

Our special guests were Duncan Charters, the new president of UEA, and Stefan MacGill, a famous author and ex-vice-president of UEA (2013–2019). Among the program items were a games evening, a whole-day excursion to beautiful natural locations close to the city, a guided tour of Auckland Art Gallery, and a seminar for “Activist Development” (Aktivula Maturigo: AMO), which was about training Esperantists to increase their capabilities as activists for the language.

Download full program (in Esperanto) (304 KB PDF)

Group photo of congress participants
Back row: (from left) 1. Paŭlo Garwood, 2. Helen Palmer, 3. Georgia Naish, 4. Cecily Lee, 5. Vicky Crickett, 6. Rouan Van Ryn, 7. Franciska Toubale, 8. Emma Breuninger, 9. Chris Krageloh.
Middle row: 1. Martin Purdy, 2. Don Rogers, 3. Vere Williams, 4. Penny Vos, 5. Ivan Pivac, 6. David Dewar, 7. Karlo Egger, 8. Berni Heinze, 9. Michael Carney, 10. Erin McGifford, 11. Eileen Jones, 12. Paul Desailly, 13. Cindy Lu, 14. Stephen Pitney, 15. Mara Molnja (Marie Elliott).
Front row: 1. Kam Lee, 2. Ellen Thackray, 3. David Ryan, 4. Indrani Beharry-Lall, 5. Sandor Horvath, 6. Bradley McDonald, 7. Jonathan Cooper, 8. Heather Heldzingen, 9. Duncan Charters, 10. Stefan MacGill, 11. Zhang Wei (Wayne).
Missing from the photo: John Hyndman, Marumi Smith, Gary Smith.
Photo: Kam Lee

Emma Breuninger giving a talk to the group
Emma Breuninger speaking on “Vivo de ‘Germanaj Specialistoj’ en Sovetunio en la jaroj 1946 ĝis 1958”
Photo: Jonathan Cooper

People playing a game around a circular table
Games evening (winner of the Congress Photo Contest & the People’s Choice
Photo: Helen Palmer

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Selected comments (translated from Esperanto)

  • I enjoyed Stefan’s conversations and his teaching. … The course location was very good, the food pleasant enough and the program interesting.
  • Lots of talking was very helpful for pronunciation and thinking on my feet. It helped a lot.
  • The excursion to the art museum with Jonathan’s guidance was also very informative and enjoyable. …
    For thirty years I have attended congresses in many countries in Asia and Oceania. All the programs and entertainment and excursions and food and theater and auction, etc. of the first E-event for 2020, in beautiful Auckland, were the best for me.
  • I loved the course and the congress. Finally, the opportunity to use Esperanto with more skilled and experienced Esperantists. Thank you! I learned a lot in the class for progessing students, especially as Stefan spoke on a wide variety of subjects, and he is a pleasant and experienced teacher.
  • The plays were fun. It was very helpful to communicate with Duncan and Stefan about the global movement and to meet – and meet again – members of our local associations.
  • Duncan Charters is extremely interesting and he is an expert on the language and topics. We were extremely lucky to have him among us. Everyone was good-natured and friendly. The atmosphere was always welcoming.
  • I liked the informal storytelling session, … the games, the photo contest and tree planting.
  • A beautiful atmosphere of friendship, friendship, cooperation.
  • I liked this congress very much. The meals were good. The performances were good. The location, the houses and the surrounding countryside were good. I really enjoyed communicating with many other people who mastered the language so well. I can’t find one point I didn’t like. I look forward to the next congress in which I can participate.
  • It was good that Duncan encouraged people to come up with something in his class. That worked well for the Esperanto speakers who one normally doesn’t hear from to introduce themselves as well.
  • The games helped a lot in learning Esperanto. If there were more games in the lessons, I think that would improve the course.

A compilation of all comments about the congress is available for members of AEA and NZEA – email info@esperanto.org.au

New UEA board elected

In its first session during the 104th World Congress, the Committee of UEA (Universala Esperanto-Asocio = World Esperanto Association) elected a new Board to lead the Association for the next three-year period.

UEA Board 2019

In the presence of 35 members of Committee A, representing the affiliated national and specialist associations, and 5 members of Committee B, elected by the individual members, the Committee firstly completed itself by the election of 9 members of Committee C: Duncan Charters, Andreas Diemel, Mark Fettes, Trezoro Huang Yinbao, Dennis Keefe, Zsofia Kóródy, François Lo Jacomo, Stefan MacGill and Rakoen Maertens.

There were nine candidates for the Board in total, including two candidates for President: Duncan Charters and Fernando Maia. The other candidates were Chen Ji, Trezoro Huang Yinbao, Aleks Kadar, Orlando Raola, Jérémie Sabiyumva, So Jinsu and Amri Wandel. The Committee needed three votes to decide on the size of the new Board, but finally supported the recommendation of the Electoral Committee on eight positions.

The most contested election was for the President. Both candidates confirmed their willingness to collaborate in a board led by the other, and both emphasized the need for a harmonious, collaborative atmosphere. In the first round, neither of the two candidates received the required majority. In the second ballot, Charters was elected with one more vote than Maia.

The new Board ended up as follows: Duncan Charters (president); Fernando Maia and Trezoro Huang Yinbao (vice-presidents); Aleks Kadar (Secretary General); and Orlando Raola, Jérémie Sabiyumva, So Jinsu and Amri Wandel. The division of tasks decided by the Board during its Wednesday session is as follows:

  • President: Duncan CHARTERS – Coordination, Strategy, Education, Relations with ILEI
  • Vice President: Fernando Jorge PEDROSA MAIA Jr – Central Office, Constitutional Reform, External Relations (except for UNESCO), America, Relations with TEJO, Relations with Member Organisations
  • Vice President: HUANG Yinbao (Trezoro) – Finances, UNESCO
    Secretary General: Aleks KADAR – Administration, Twin Cities, Esperanto Centres, Europe, Esperanto magazine
  • Orlando E. RAOLA – Culture, Congresses, Library, Publishing, Research and Documentation, Terminology
  • Jérémie SABIYUMVA – Africa, Activist Decelopment
  • SO Jinsu – Asia, Oceania, Informtion and Friends of Esperanto
  • Amri WANDEL – Scientific and Specialist Activities, Middle East and North Africa

The new Board took office on Monday, 22 July, within the framework of the third Committee meeting in Lahtio.

[UEA Press Release, No. 812, 2019-07-25 (translated) CC BY 4.0]