Esperanto-USA National Congress 2017

Speaker Bios

Duncan Charters

Duncan Charters was appointed to the faculty in 1974. Prior to that he was lecturer in foreign languages at Humboldt State University and also taught in regular and summer programs at a number of other colleges and universities. He has also served as program evaluator, consultant, and speaker for schools and organizations including the California and Illinois State Boards of Education. In 1993 he taught in Switzerland as director of an international seminar for preparing language teachers and teacher trainers. In Spain he was coordinator for the conference theme of the Esperanto World Congress, "Educating for the 21st Century."

Wally du Temple

Wally du Temple is the former Principal of the Victor Sammurtuk School, Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut, Canada. Current areas of research include the benefits of the integration of the study of Esperanto within the global studies curriculum, and language learning in the home schooling movement. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Esperantic Studies Foundation.

Mark Fountain

Dr. Alvin M. Fountain II (Mark), a native of Raleigh, received his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 1976, writing his dissertation on Roman Dmowski, the leader of the Polish delegation at the Versailles Peace Conference of 1919.  After a career in state government and university teaching (part-time), he was named Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland for Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2008. He also heads the Paderewski Piano Festival of Raleigh. His interesting talk will be in English.

Rob Glossop

Dr. Ronald Glossop is Emeritus Professor at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE), President of AAIE, and author of the book MONDA FEDERACIO? [WORLD FEDERATION?] translated from the English by Johano Rapley.  You can see his Esperanto course "Alfronti Militon" ["Confronting War"] at <>.

Katalin Kovats

Katalin Kovats is a philologist and a certified teacher of Esperanto, Italian and Russian languages, as well a specialist in teacher preparation. She has a Ph. D. focusing on the propaedeutic value of Esperanto and I have taught over a hundred Esperanto courses and seminars all over the world.

While teaching in Hungary, she founded and directed an Esperanto program at the Pedagogical Institute at Szombathely. Later on, she created a course on interlinguistics and Language Planning targeted at students in languages (please find more info at

Since 2001, she has lived in the Netherlands. That was the year she created and launched the website aimed at instructors of Esperanto

Lee Miller

Lee Miller first attended NASK as an advanced level student in 2000, when he initiated the tradition of the “NASKa Fasko” daily newsletter. First asked to teach in 2003, he has since functioned as the Institute's “coordinating instructor,” working closely with the program's administrator, Ellen Eddy. He was instrumental in transitioning NASK from a 3-week to a 1-week program in 2011, and chaired a subsequent evaluation and planning meeting to examine ways for NASK to attract more students while maintaining or enhancing the quality of the overall experience.

Lee Miller learned Esperanto at age 16 and has been a speaker of the language ever since. Fluent also in ASL (American Sign Language), after a career as a manager with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs he became certified and began working full time as an ASL interpreter. He graduated from Drury College (B.S.) and the University of Missouri-Columbia (M.S.), and possesses Language Examination Certificate level advanced (C1) from UEA/ELTE. Lee Miller currently resides in Columbia, Missouri

Bruce Sherwood

Bruce Sherwood is a physicist.  He was born in 1938 and grew up in West lafayette, IN.  Le gratuated with a degree in engineering from Purdue University.  He, through the Fulbright program studied physics for a year in Padovo, Italy and received is doctorate in experimental particle physics at the University of Chicago.  He was a professor at Caltech where as an instructor of the famous "Feynman Lectures on Physics" he became interested in physics instruction including with the use of computers.  He then was an instructor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (where he was both a professor of physics an a professor of linguistics.), at Carnegie Mellon and and  at NC State University.  He retired in 2008 and kaj nun lives in High Point, NC were he continues to be active in the evolution of VPython.  He is a fellow of the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He wrote with Ruth Chabay the text book "Matter and Interactions" for university students of science and engineering. He speakes Espernato, Italian, and Spanish and reads French and Portuguese.

Derek Roff

Derek Roff retired from a career at University of New Mexico's Language Learning Center, where he worked with professors and instructors in their research, and in developing and delivering technology-related educational materials to enhance the students' learning experience. He is a Board member, and active participant in the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO). Derek is on the evaluation committee for the Access to Language Education Award, presented each year to an outstanding website that provides open resources for language learning (in any language). The Award is given annually by, the Esperantic Studies Foundation, and CALICO.

Derek is active in local Non-Violent Communication (NVC) study groups, and online educational discussions on language learning resources, woodworking, woodturning, sustainability and natural building. Current projects of interest include developing education-related video production and editing projects, including instructional videos filmed at the 2015 Natural Building Colloquium in Kingston, New Mexico.

Julie Schwartz

Julie Schwartz PictureJulie Schwartz is an autistic, asexual, transgender woman who grew up in the Carolinas.  She now lives in Boston where she facilitates a support group for people who are both trans and autistic, at AANE
(Asperger/Autism Network).  She is also a member of New England Asexuals, through which she is involved in outreach for asexuality awareness.

Humphrey Tonkin

Humphrey Tonkin is currently University Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus, University of Hartford, Dr. Tonkin has been Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, Visiting Professor of English Language and Literature at Columbia University, and President of the State University of New York at Potsdam. He is editor emeritus of the journal Language Problems and Language Planning and general editor of the book series Studies in World Language Problems. He has chaired the Council for International Educational Exchange, the Canadian Fulbright Commission, and, most recently, the board of the Center for Applied Linguistics. Born in the UK, he was educated at Cambridge University and Harvard University.