We have just added video of presentations to the IGS YouTube account from the 63rd Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture & 2-Day General Semantics Symposium, sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics at the Princeton Club in New York City, October 2-4, 2015.
The Institute of General Semantics is pleased to announce that its judges have selected Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle as the winner of the 2015 Samuel I. Hayakawa Book Prize.
The Institute of General Semantics has awarded the 2015 J. Talbot Winchell Award, which recognizes individuals who give exceptional service to the field of general semantics. This year, the co-recipients are Jacqueline Rudig and George Barenholtz.
The Institute of General Semantics has just made the tentative schedule available for the upcoming 63rd Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture and two-day symposium titled “Language and ‘Reality.’”
The weekend of events occurs October 2-4, 2015, at the Princeton Club in New York City.
The Institute of General Semantics has learned that Dr. Sanford I. Berman — 2003 Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecturer, sponsor of the Sanford I. Berman Award for Excellence in Teaching General Semantics, general semantics author, scholar, and longtime donor – passed away on June 16, 2015.
Dr. Sanford I. Berman, philanthropist, real estate investor, professional hypnotist, and former board member of the Institute of General Semantics, passed away on June 16, 2015.
The son of a livestock broker, Berman was born Oct. 15, 1924 in Virginia, Minnesota, a small town north of Duluth. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Radio and Communications from the University of Minnesota; a Master’s in Speech from Teacher’s College, Columbia University; and a doctorate in Speech Communications from Northwestern University, where he then assisted Dr. Irving J. Lee in his famous general-semantics classes. Berman served as president of the International Society for General Semantics, and was on the Board of Trustees of both the Society and the Institute of General Semantics.
As of the year 2000, Berman had given more than a million dollars to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD); San Diego State University (SDSU); and University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Berman endowed the Sanford I. Berman Institute for Effective Communication and General Semantics at SDSU in 1997, the Sanford I. Berman Chair in Language and Human Communication at UCSD in 1998, the Dr. Sanford I. Berman Professorship of Public Discourse and General Semantics at UNLV in 1999, and UNLV’s Sanford I. Berman Debate Forum.
Books relating to general semantics by Berman include Words, Meanings and People, The Closed Mind, How to Lessen Misunderstandings, and Why Do We Jump to Conclusions? Berman acted as editor for Logic and General Semantics: Writings of Oliver L. Reiser and Others and he created over 100 audio tapes on motivation and general semantics. Sanford I. Berman was a towering figure in the field of general semantics and he will be greatly missed by GSers all over the world.
The San Diego Union-Tribune ran a profile of Dr. Berman’s extraordinary life as a hypnotist and general semanticist in its July 5th obituary announcement.
IGS is in possession of Dr. Berman’s educational cassettes, which it hopes to make available in MP3 versions by year’s end in the IGS Store.
ETC: A Review of General Semantics will soon be mailed and is now available for download from the IGS Store in searchable PDF format.
Back issues of our journal, ETC: A Review of General Semantics, are now available on JSTOR, the digital library that includes academic journals, books, and primary sources. In addition, previews of selected articles from back issues of ETC are also available. ETC is available as part of the Arts & Sciences XIV collection on JSTOR.
Volume 71, Number 4 (October 2014), of the Institute of General Semantics’s quarterly journal ETC: A Review of General Semantics will soon be mailed and is now available for download from the IGS Store in searchable PDF format.
Volume 71, Number 3 (July 2014), of the Institute of General Semantics’s quarterly journal ETC: A Review of General Semantics has been mailed and is now available for download from the IGS Store in searchable PDF format.
The Institute of General Semantics is proud to announce that Friday evening, October 2nd, 2015, author Andrew Keen will deliver the 63rd Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture at The Princeton Club in New York City. The lecture will be preceded by a dinner at The Princeton Club.
Saturday and Sunday, October 3rd-4th, 2015, The Princeton Club will host a symposium sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics titled “Language and ‘Reality.’”