Today, we presented our research at the University of Connecticut’s Fall Frontiers Poster Presentation. Through our poster, we highlighted all the locations we visited as well as many of the people we interviewed in order to explain and emphasize our research and promote our documentary film.
This weekend we visited the Silver Bay YMCA in order to participate in the 22nd annual Autumn Esperanto Meeting (ARE). There, we were happy to meet Esperantists from across the United States, Canada, and France! And, we also had the pleasure of meeting several native Esperanto speakers (“denaskuloj”). At the meeting, we had the opportunity to play games in Esperanto, listen to a number of interesting presentations, present our own research, facilitate a number of interviews, and gather footage of the meeting.
At the conference, our most important goal was to facilitate interviews with Esperantists from all over the world. We accumulated over 15 hours of interviews over the course of the congress from people almost every continent. Through these interviews, we hoped to document contemporary Esperanto speakers, preserve their stories, and gather insight into what it means it to speak Esperanto in today’s world.
Today we have arrived in Lille in order to participate in the 100th World Esperanto Congress. At the Congress, we hope to facilitate interviews with at least 20 different Esperantists, attend Esperanto classes sponsored by the Congress, film general events at the Congress, and participate in the Congress as much and as best as we can!
Eddy and I started our journey in Bialystok, Poland, the birthplace of Ludwik Zamenhof and Esperanto.
In Bialystok, we visited the Ludwik Zamenhof Center, where we met Ela. Ela is an active member of the Bialystok Esperanto Group as well as the librarian of the Esperanto Library in the Zamenhof Center. Through Ela, we met with the head of the Podlaskie Voivoideship Libraries as well as Andrzej, a member of the Bialystok Esperanto Group. Andrzej was a great guide around the city, highlighting important monuments in Esperanto’s history and showing us all the ways Bialystok has honored Zamenhof. With him, we were able to visit a children’s hospital named in honor of Ludwik Zamenhof as well as the Bialystok Esperanto Group’s meet space.