Monthly lecture series via Zoom

A man, and a woman in traditional Mongolian costume

So GILSU and Tatjana LOSKUTOVA (18 April)

The 3rd Sunday of each month
4–6pm Sydney time (UTC+10: Note that Sydney is no longer in daylight-saving time)


(All lectures in Esperanto)

16 May 2021

(To be announced)

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Previous sessions

(All lectures in Esperanto)

18 April 2021

The strategy of the Esperanto movement in Asia, 1989–1995 – So GILSU (Korea)
Part 2 of the exploration of the history of Esperanto in Asia.
Esperanto teaching: some of my experience in Asian countries – Tatjana LOSKUTOVA (Russia)
“Since my visit to China (the 89th World Congress, in 2004) and my voyage to Japan (the 92nd World Congress, in 2007) I have longed for Asia. However, not only its exoticism attracted me, but also a wish to help local Esperantists integrate and spread the International Language into social and cultural life. As a result: Esperanto teaching in seven Asian countries.”
Note: For unavoidable reasons, the sound quality is not good. We apologise.

21 March 2021

The Asian Esperanto movement in the beginning: 1965–1990 – So GILSU (Korea)
First part of three lectures on the Esperanto movement in Asia/Oceania. The series will continue in the April and May sessions.
To recreate paradise – Paulo S VIANA (Brazil)
World-renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado and his wife Wanick Salgado have been involved in a major project to reforest the Atlantic Forest in Brazil for several years – a major ecological system of which 90 percent has already destroyed by humans. Their activity inspires other people to do the same and is internationally recognised.

21 February 2021

Amnesty International – Trevor Steele (Australia)
Trevor explains the origin, history, aims and principles of this world-famous association, and mentions 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?
NOTE: For reasons of privacy, this lecture is not viewable on YouTube.

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

20 June 2021
18 July 2021
15 August 2021
19 September 2021
17 Oktober 2021
21 November 2021
19 December 2021