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Participate in the seminar on the literature of Esperanto! NEW: the program is now available

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Where: University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

When: Saturday-Sunday, 26-27 February 2011

Topics: Writing in Esperanto, Esperanto literature and history.

Under the leadership of:

  • Ulrich Becker, poet and publisher
  • Duncan Charters, linguist
  • Humphrey Tonkin, critic
  • Tim Westover, author

Duration:  The seminar will begin on the morning of February 26, and end at noon on February 27.  It will partly coincide with the 39th Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, organized by the University (, for which visitors can register at a daily rate of $10. A special session “Esperanto Authors Read from Their Work” will be included in this conference.

Location: Meeting rooms of the University of Louisville

•    Friday: 1:30 - Humanities 121 (Louisville Conference Session E-11)
•    Saturday: 10:15 - Humanities 208 (Session G-8) | 1:00 - Ekstrom Library W210
•    Sunday 9:00 - Humanities 300

Parking: In The Speed Art Museum garage, near Ekstrom Library and the Bingham Humanities Building, on the UofL main (Belknap) campus.

Languages: Seminar languages will be Esperanto and English.

For hotels, see the conference website. You may arrive on Friday, February 25th, and leave on Sunday, February 27th.

$35 ($15 for students); includes lunch on Saturday. You can pay at the Esperantic Studies Foundation’s website (
Online Giving); scroll down and click on the Paypal button “Research Initiatives”). Please also announce your wish to attend by writing to the organizers:


PROGRAM (Note adjustments to schedule and additional details!)

Saturday, February 26th.

Louisville Conference, session G-8  Esperanto Writers Read from Their Work (Sponsored by the Esperantic Studies Foundation, organized by Bonnie Fonseca-Greber, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, University of Louisville). 10:15 – 11:45 AM   
Location: Humanities Building, University of Louisville, Room 208
Chair: Duncan Charters, Principia College.

Readers: Tim Westover, Georgia Gwinnett College, School of Science and Technology; Ulrich Becker, publisher, New York City.

  • Tim Westover is a writer of fiction, whose acclaimed collection of short stories, Marvirinstrato, appeared in 2009. 
  • Ulrich Becker is a publisher (Mondial Books, the literary journal Beletra Almanako), and writer, His “New York Poems” Ĉiuj dioj estas for were published in 2004.

Lunch 12:00 – 1:00 PM

  • Seminar on Esperanto Literature, session 1.  1:002:50 PM
  • Seminar on Esperanto Literature, session 2.  3:10 5:00 PM

Location: Ekstrom Library, Room W210

The four sessions of the seminar (February 26-27) will be led by Tim Westover, Ulrich Becker, Duncan Charters, and Humphrey Tonkin.  All four members of the team will participate in all four sessions, with each member of the team serving as leader of one session. 

Among the topics to be covered: writing poetry in Esperanto, writing fiction in Esperanto, the history of Esperanto literature, literary criticism and analysis in Esperanto, and translation to and from Esperanto.

  • Duncan Charters is Professor and Chair of Foreign Languages and Cultures at Principia College, Elsah, Illinois, and Vice-President of the International League of Esperanto Teachers.
  • Humphrey Tonkin is President Emeritus and University Professor of Humanities at the University of Hartford, and a member of the Esperanto Academy.

Dinner on own

Sunday, February 27th

  • Seminar on Esperanto Literature, session 3.  9:00 – 10:45 AM
  • Seminar on Esperanto Literature, session 4.  11:00 AM – 12:45 PM
  • Seminar closing session.  12:45 – 1:00 PM

 Location: Bingham Humanities Building, Room 300


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