The Institute of General Semantics has announced the 62nd Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture speaker to be Jack El-Hai, author of the book The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII (PublicAffairs, 2013).
El-Hai’s book (which has been optioned by a movie company) describes how Douglas M. Kelley — a psychiatrist and former vice president of the Institute of General Semantics — used GS to treat GIs in WWII for war fatigue, analyze Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg, and teach courses in criminology at Berkeley. Kelley was a staunch proponent of GS and an ally of Korzybski in getting the word out about general semantics in the 1940s and 1950s.
The 62nd AKML & Dinner will precede a two-day symposium on general semantics at the Princeton Club in New York City. The AKML will take place Friday evening, October 24th, 2014, and the symposium will follow Saturday and Sunday, October 25th-26th.