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Lance Strate Named President of the New York Society for General Semantics

A bit of recent news from our sister organization, the New York Society for General Semantics:

Fordham Communications professor Lance Strate, Ph.D., has become the new president of the New York Society for General Semantics. He will be conducting monthly NYSGS meetings in the fall at The Players Club in New York City. More information to follow.

Dr. Strate recently posted an update on NYSGS on his blog.

For information on future NYSGS events, please visit http://www.nysgs.org.

 

Event Summary: “Introduction to General Semantics in Paris, France” with Vanessa Biard-Schaeffer

On April 23, 2016, in Paris, France, Vanessa Biard-Schaeffer (Secretary of the Institute of General Semantics) hosted a five-hour workshop titled “Introduction to General Semantics in Paris, France.”  The event took place at the Paris American Academy.

Biard-Schaeffer documented the event.

October 21-23, 2016 – 64th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture & Symposium

Iain McGilchrist

Iain McGilchrist

The Institute of General Semantics is proud to announce that Friday evening, October 21st, 2016, psychiatrist and author Iain McGilchrist will deliver the 64th 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 22nd-23rd, 2016, The Princeton Club will host a symposium sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics titled “Language in Thought and Reality.”

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August 31, 2016 (Deadline) – Submission Deadline for the 2016 S. I. Hayakawa Book Prize

First given in 2009, the Institute of General Semantics awards the S. I. Hayakawa Book Prize to the most outstanding work published in the past five years on topics of direct relevance to the discipline of general semantics, and includes a cash award of $1,000.

Awarded annually by the Institute of General Semantics, its presentation precedes the 64th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture (AKML) at the Princeton Club in New York City held October 21st, 2016.

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August 31, 2016 (Deadline) – Call for Papers for “Language in Thought and Action” Symposium

Call for Papers: ”Language in Thought and Action”

A 2-Day Symposium Sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics
October 22-23, 2016

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2015

The Institute of General Semantics is sponsoring the 2-day symposium titled “Language and ‘Reality,’” co-sponsored by the New York Society for General Semantics and the Media Ecology Association. The symposium will be hosted at the Princeton Club in New York City October 22-23, 2016.

The symposium will follow the 64th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture, which will be presented on Friday evening, October 21st, 2016, by psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist (author of  The Master and His Emissary).

Email papers, proposals, and inquiries on this year’s theme, “‘Language in Thought and Action” by August 31, 2016, to presentations [at] generalsemantics.org and/or mandklevin [at] aol.com.

For more information, contact Martin H. Levinson, President of the Institute of General Semantics, by phone at (212) 729-7973 or by mail at:

Martin H. Levinson
c/o Institute of General Semantics
Attn: 2016 Symposium
72-11 Austin Street #233
Forest Hills, NY 11375

April 23, 2016 – “Introduction to General Semantics in Paris, France” with Vanessa Biard-Schaeffer

Vanessa Biard-Schaeffer (Secretary and Trustee of the Institute of General Semantics) will be hosting an event in Paris, France, titled “Introduction to General Semantics in Paris, France.”

The event will occur on Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 2:00pm-6:30pm at the Paris American Academy.

Paris American Academy
275, rue St Jacques
75005 Paris
France

To attend, please contact Ms. Biard-Schaeffer at biard@hotmail.com.  More information on the event may be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/209661096090571/.

General Semantics in the French Press

Vanessa Biard-Schaeffer, Secretary of the Institute of General Semantics, has shared that she and the Institute of General Semantics were recently mentioned an article in Metronews, a daily newspaper distributed in offices and the Paris subway.

Titled “Calais : parler de ‘jungle’, est-ce raciste ?,” the article, published February 24, 2016, featured this passage:

A quoi renvoie le terme de “jungle” ?
Par extension, la “jungle” est aussi en Français l’endroit où la loi qui prime est celle du plus fort. “Le cerveau fonctionne par métaphore et par la mémoire de souvenirs anciens”, nous explique Vanessa Biard, membre de l’institut de sémantique générale (ISG). Selon elle, la définition du mot dépend de qui l’utilise et découle d’une “réaction émotionnelle correspondant à une culture, une histoire commune et de sa propre expérience”. Autrement dit, la notion discriminatoire ou raciste supposée de l’utilisation du mot “jungle” varierait selon les personnes qui l’utilisent.

Mme. Biard-Schaeffer provided this English translation of the passage:

What the term “jungle” refers to?
By extension, “jungle” also refers in French to the place where the toughest rule. “The brains function with metaphors and the recall of older memories” explains Vanessa Biard, from the Institute of General Semantics. According to her, the definition of a word depends of who uses it and comes from “an emotional reaction that corresponds to a culture, a common history and one’s own experience.” In other words, the discriminatory or supposedly racist use of the term “jungle” would vary from the person who uses it.

ETC 72:2 (April 2015) Is Now Available for Download from the IGS Store

etc-72-2-coverETC: A Review of General Semantics is in the mail and is now available for download from the IGS Store in searchable PDF format.
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Videos from the 63rd AKML & 2-Day General Semantics Symposium

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.

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“Alone Together” by Sherry Turkle to Be Awarded the 2015 S. I. Hayakawa Book Prize

alone-together-coverThe 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.

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