- 2005-04-27 -- English Press release announcing the convention and
a free, open to the public one hour class is now available. Please
distribute this press release:
Esperanto Convention in Austin, Texas, June 10-13, 2005
Press Release Date: May 4, 2005
The Esperanto Club of Austin is hosting the 53rd annual national Congress of the Esperanto League of North America (ELNA). The convention spans the weekend of June 10-13, 2005, on the Concordia University campus in central Austin. About 75 Esperantists from all over the USA and at least five other nations are expected to attend.
A free, one-hour introduction to Esperanto will be open to the public at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, in the Louise T. Peter Center. The class will be taught by Todd Phillips, a professional language instructor at Austin Community College. The public is welcome to attend other lectures as space permits with a suggested donation of $20. A map to the Louise T. Peter Center can be found at:
Most talks and activities will be entirely in Esperanto. The convention (English and Esperanto) website is:
The guest speakers include the famous Esperanto poet Edwin de Kock (from South Africa and Texas), Ursula and Guiseppe Grattapaglia of Project Good Hope (from Brazil), and the famous writer Li Shijun from China.
Esperanto is the elegantly simple, amazingly expressive language that has been used around the world for over 100 years since its creation in 1887. Intended to be an easy-to-learn second language, Esperanto is pronounced exactly as it is spelled and has no irregular verb forms.
In the last three years, an active Esperanto club (EKA) has grown in Austin, Texas. They meet every Sunday from 3:00 to 5:00 at the Texpresso coffee shop on Anderson Lane and welcome those curious about Esperanto and beginners. Their (English) website is: http://esperantoaustin.org/
ELNA provides other links and resources and a very large stock of books, courses and audio/video material in and about Esperanto: http://www.esperanto-usa.org/
Contact: Robert L. Read
for more information. Phone: (512) 912-8593
- 2005-04-27 - There are now more than 50 guests registered. Eight beginners have been assigned helpers through our "buddy system". We have a very full set of presentations that are being scheduled. We reviewed the campus and banquet facilities and everything looks good.
- 2005-02-27 - The congress is getting more and more international, with guests from Brazil, Nigeria, Bulgaria and even China (famous Esperantist Laŭlum plans to come!) (We hope that no problems with visas occur.) Note that in March the registration cost goes up a little.
- 2005-01-26 - The paper flyer is almost ready to be
sent out, and the website is almost ready to be activated.
- 2004-12-09 - ELNA officials approve the contract and budget for the Congress location.