Universal Esperanto Association

From Zamenhof to Soros: A Symposium

A celebration of a new biography of L. L. Zamenhof, the creator of Esperanto,

and the launch of a memoir, translated from Esperanto, by Tivadar Soros


L. L. Zamenhof, born just over 150 years ago, published the first book on Esperanto in 1887 in Warsaw,
and attended a World Congress of Esperanto in Washington exactly 100 years ago.  

In 1924, Tivadar Soros, father of Paul and George Soros, published his memoir of escape from a Siberian prisoner-of-war camp.
He wrote it in Esperanto


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

2:30-5:00 p.m.




The Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017


Entrance on 44th Street between First and Second Avenue 

(across the Millennium UN Plaza Hotel)


RSVP by December 10, 2010






Chair: Thomas Eccardt 


2:30  Welcome



2:40  Esther Schor  (Princeton University): 

Zamenhof’s Future


3:10  Ralph Dumain

Esperanto, Washington, and the World in 1910



3:40  [break]


3:50  Sam Green

Filming Esperanto


4:30 Humphrey Tonkin (University of Hartford):

Soros in Siberia



Conclusion and Book Presentation


5:00-6:30  Reception


Esther Schor, a poet and professor of English at Princeton University, won the National Jewish Book Award for her book on Emma Lazarus (Schocken, 2006).  She is the author of The Hills of Holland: Poems and Bearing the Dead: The British Culture of Mourning from the Enlightenment to Victoria. She is also the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Mary Shelley. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times Book Review, The Forward and Tablet Magazine 

Ralph Dumain is a librarian and independent scholar, and an Esperantist for over 40 years.  He became associated with the C.L.R. James Institute in 1991. He has lectured and published, and done radio interviews and podcasts, on C.L.R. James, Richard Wright, Esperanto, and other subjects.

Sam Green is a San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker. His film The Weather Underground was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004, broadcast nationally on PBS, and included in the Whitney Biennial. Green’s most recent documentary Utopia in Four Movements premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and is currently screening widely. His other films include Utopia Part 3: the World’s Largest Shopping Malllot 63, grave c, The Rainbow Man/John 3:16, N-Judah 5:30, and Pie Fight ’69. Green received his master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied documentary with acclaimed filmmaker Marlon Riggs. He has received grants from the Creative Capital, Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently an Artist in Residence at the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco. (www.samgreen.to)

Humphrey Tonkin is University Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus at the University of Hartford, where he teaches in the Theatre Division and in the English and Modern Language Departments.  He was formerly Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and President of the Universal Esperanto Association.  His publications include two books on the poetry of Edmund Spenser, two books on international studies, and edited volumes, articles and translations on aspects of Esperanto and language policy.  He co-edits the journal Language Problems and Language Planningand the book series Studies in World Language Problems.

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