Esperanto-USA National Congress 2017


Free Public Showing of Sam Green's "The Universal Language"

Thursday, 29 June at 7pm at William Peace University Flowe Building

Esperanto-USA 2017 Convention. 30 June to 3 July, William Peace University, Raleigh, NC

Arrive: Friday, 30 June.  Depart: Monday, 3 July in the afternoon.

Conference Theme: What should we do now?: The future of Esperanto in the USA

Given the recent explosion in interest in Esperanto due to DuoLingo, our conference theme will explore how we take both this new enthusiasm and deep history/tradition and move forward together.  We hope to bring together a diverse set of perspectives that engage old and new Esperantistoj alike with possibilities and opportunities.

ways you can get the most out of the conference!
  • Lead a Conference Session:  We still have a few conference slots available for your valuable contribution.  Lead a games session, organize a round table on a topic you are concerned about or give us the benefit of your knowledge on a specific topic.  Email: Chris at to get on the conference agenda.
  • Take a KER Exam: KER Exams at levels B1, B2 and C1 (written and oral) are available.  Visit for how to prepare.  The cost is between Euro 35 and Euro 90 depending on which exams you take. Click here for cost details.
  • Stay and attend NASK: Immediately following the Conference is the 8-day Esperanto workshop.  Visit for details and to register.
  • Entertain Us: Plan to sing, dance, play a song, recite a poem or tell a joke at our Evening of Entertainment.  Whatever your talent is, please share it.
  • Visit the Technology Workshop: Bring your Laptop, Tablet and Smart Phone and get help adding an Esperanto Keyboard, a Dictionary or other interesting Apps on to your device.
  • Introduce a Speaker:  We need your help to introduce a speaker and host a session.  Please email Chris at to volunteer.
  • Help in the Bookstore:  Browse in the bookstore or help out if you have time.
  • Take an Excursion: Enjoy a visit to the NC Museum of History or of NC Museum of Natural Sciences or to the Mordecai Historic Park.


Registration is handled as usual by Esperanto USA via their National Congress Registration page in the retbutiko, so please head there whenever you are ready and lock-in your early-bird signup rate before March 25th.  For newcomers you'll want to check out the What Happens at an Esperanto Congress, to get a better idea of what to expect.  We are actively seeking speakers so please take a look at Volunteer as a Speaker if you are interested.  In addition we also welcome musicians, activity leaders, people to introduce speakers, and other volunteers. Please describe your idea, any equipment or schedule requirements, etc. and send it to Christopher Johnson.  We'll be updating our Schedule and Speaker Bios as we get things confirmed, but it will include a full beginner and advanced track along with accommodation for other meetings and special sessions.


The congress will begin with the Interkona Vespero (Evening Get-together) at 7:00 PM on Friday, and will end on Monday at noon.  The banquet is optional, but highly recommended!  Lodging is one or two persons per room in a residence hall at the university. Most participants will stay three nights, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, (June 30th, July 1st and 2nd).  If you are staying for NASK, you can order lodging/meals for Monday.  The meeting rooms and other event spaces are all an easy walk on the compact campus.  Wi-Fi is available in all rooms. All rooms have handicap access. Food will be available at the on-campus cafeteria with other options nearby.  Excursions to see local areas of interest will be announced at the beginning of the congress.  The campus is located in the city of Raleigh and provides multiple Transportation options.  See the Travel page for details.

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