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Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture Series

AKML & Symposium 2014

For information on the 62nd Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture in 2014, please visit: http://www.generalsemantics.org/akml-2014


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History of the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture

In 1952, two years after founder Alfred Korzbyski’s sudden death, Institute of General Semantics Director M. Kendig initiated an annual program to remember Korzybski and celebrate the continuation of his goals for human development and progress.

This program became known as the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture series, known familiarly as “The AKML.” Kendig viewed this series as a means not only to remember Korzybski, but also to celebrate the contributions of those whose work is scientifically oriented and promotes what Korzybski termed “time-binding,” the unique human ability to build on the achievements of others through the use of symbols and languages.

Previous Lecturers

An impressive lineup of speakers has added significant prestige to AKML, which over the years has featured prominent authors, scientists, psychologists, educators, and individuals from varied backgrounds. A few of the more recognizable names include Abraham Maslow, Buckminster Fuller, Dr. Albert Ellis, Steve Allen, Leonard Shlain, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Lou Marinoff, Ellen Langer, Dr. J. Allan Hobson, Robert Carneiro, James Van Allen, Karl H. Pribram, Sherry Turkle, and others.

A complete list of speakers, along with links to transcripts of their presentations and, where available, audio and video recordings, is available below.

The listed affiliations for each speaker were current on the date of the lecture and may have since changed.

2013

TERRENCE DEACON

  • Professor of biological anthropology at University of California, Berkeley
  • Author of Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter.

2012

SHAWN LAWRENCE OTTO

  • Science advocate, humanitarian, and screenwriter
  • Author of Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America.

2011

SHERRY TURKLE

  • Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other.

2010

DEBORAH TANNEN

  • University Professor and Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University.
  • Author of many books and articles about how the language of everyday conversation affects relationships, including You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation (New York Times Best Seller).

2009

MARY CATHERINE BATESON

  • President of the Institute for Intercultural Studies.
  • Author of eleven books including Full Circles, Overlapping Lives: Culture and Generation in Transition; With A Daughter’s Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson; and most recently, Willing to Learn: Passages of Personal Discovery.

2008

DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF

  • Teacher and documentarian.
  • Author of Screenagers, host of Frontline’s The Persuaders.
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2007

LEONARD SHLAIN, M.D.

  • Chairman of Laparoscopic Surgery at the California Pacific Medical Center.
  • Author of The Alphabet Versus The Goddess, Art & Physics, and Sex, Time & Power.
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2006

RENEE HOBBS

  • Director, Media Education Lab, Temple University.
  • Founder of the Alliance for a Media Literate America (AMLA).
  • Author of Reading the Media.
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2005

ROBERT L. CARNEIRO

  • Curator, Anthropology Division, American Museum of Natural History.
  • Author of Evolutionism in Cultural Anthropology and The Muse of History and the Science of Culture.
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2003

SANFORD I. BERMAN

  • Motivational speaker and nightclub hypnotist.
  • Student of Dr. Irving J. Lee.
  • Long-time supporter of general semantics.
  • Editor of Logic and General Semantics and author of Words, Meanings and People.
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2002

J. ALLAN HOBSON, M.D.

  • Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
  • Director of the Laboratory of Neurophysiology at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center.
  • Author of The Dreaming Brain, Sleep, Dreaming as Delirium, and, with Jonathan A. Leonard, Out of its Mind: Psychiatry in Crisis: a Call for Reform.
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2001

LOU MARINOFF

  • Chair of Philosophy, City College of New York.
  • Founding President of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association.
  • Author of Plato, Not Prozac!
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2000

ROBERT P. PULA

  • Director Emeritus, Institute of General Semantics.
  • Author of A General-Semantics Glossary.
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1999

ELLEN J. LANGER

  • Professor of Psychology, Harvard University.
  • Author of Mindfulness and The Power of Mindful Learning.
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1998

THEODORE R. SIZER

  • Educator and author of Horace’s Hope, Horace’s School, and Horace’s Compromise.
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1997

ROBERT ANTON WILSON

  • Author of The Illuminatus Trilogy and Prometheus Rising.
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1996

MIHALY CSIKSZENTMIHALYI

  • Professor of Human Development, University of Chicago.
  • Author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience and Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention.
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1995

NICHOLAS JOHNSON

  • Former Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
  • Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law.
  • Son of Dr. Wendell Johnson, the author of the popular general semantics text People in Quandaries.
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1994

LOTFI A. ZADEH

  • Professor Emeritus and Director of the Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing.
  • Known for his contributions to machine intelligence, particularly through “Fuzzy Logic.”
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1993

WILLIAM LUTZ

  • Professor of English and Director of the English Graduate Program at Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey.
  • Author and “doublespeak” authority.
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1992

STEVE ALLEN

  • Author, entertainer, songwriter.
  • Creator of NBC’s Tonight Show.
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1991

ALBERT ELLIS

1990

WARREN M. ROBBINS

  • Founder, Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.
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1989

WILLIAM V. HANEY

  • Educator and author.
  • Authority on interpersonal communication.
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1988

JEROME BRUNER

1987

RICHARD W. PAUL

  • Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Critical Thinking and Moral Critique, Sonoma State University, California.
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1986

GEORGE F.F. LOMBARD

  • Louis E. Kirstein Professor Emeritus of Human Relations and former Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Business, Harvard University.
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1985

RUSSELL MEYERS, M.D.
(See also AKML 1958)

1984

KARL H. PRIBRAM

1983

ALLEN WALKER READ

  • Emeritus Professor of English, Columbia University.
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1982

Co-Presenters: ROBERT R. BLAKE & JANE SRYGLEY MOUTON

ROBERT R. BLAKE

  • President , Scientific Methods, Inc. Now Grid International, Inc.

JANE SRYGLEY MOUTON

  • Vice President, Scientific Methods, Inc. Now Grid International, Inc.

1981

THOMAS SEBEOK

  • Distinguished Professor of Linguistics and Semiotics, Indiana University.
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1980

BARBARA MORGAN

1979

DON FABUN

  • Author and lecturer.
  • Formerly Director of Publications, Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation.
  • Author of Communications: The Transfer of Meaning.
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1978

ELWOOD MURRAY

  • Emeritus Professor of Speech Communication, University of Denver.
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1977

BEN BOVA

  • Author and Editor of Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Magazine.
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1976

ROGER W. WESCOTT

1975

HARLEY C. SHANDS, M.D.

  • Director, Department of Psychiatry, Roosevelt Hospital, New York.
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1974

Co-Presenters: KENNETH G. JOHNSON & NEIL POSTMAN

KENNETH G. JOHNSON

  • Professor of Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

NEIL POSTMAN

  • Professor of Media Ecology, New York University.
  • Author of numerous books on media and culture.

1973

Panel: “General Semantics: Whence 1920…Where 1973…Whither”

with

J. SAMUEL BOIS

  • Viewpoints Institute, Los Angeles. Author of The Art of Awareness.

ELTON S. CARTER

  • Dean for Graduate Studies, University of Nebraska.

WALTER PROBERT

  • Professor of Law, University of Florida, Gainesville.

1972

GEORGE STEINER

  • Extraordinary Fellow, Cambridge University.
  • Internationally-known writer, scholar, literary critic and analyst of culture.

1971

HENRY MARGENAU

  • Professor of Physics and Natural Philosophy, Yale University.
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1970

GREGORY BATESON

  • Associate Director for Research, Oceanic Institute, Waimanalo, Hawaii.
  • Read the Lecture

1969

LANCELOT LAW WHYTE

  • Pioneering scientist-philosopher, lecturer, and author of The Next Development of Man, The Unconscious Before Freud, and The Unitary Principle in Physics and Biology.
  • Read the Lecture

1968

ALASTAIR M. TAYLOR

  • Professor of Political Studies and Geography, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.
  • President of the Canadian Association for American Studies.
  • Read the Lecture

1967

J. BRONOWSKI

1966

ALVIN M. WEINBERG

  • Physicist.
  • Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
  • Read the Lecture

1965

HENRY LEE SMITH, Jr.

  • Professor of Linguistics and English, Chairman, Department of Anthropology and Linguistics, State University of New York at Buffalo.
  • Read the Lecture

1964

JOOST A. M. MEERLOO, M.D.

  • Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, New York School of Psychiatry.
  • Read the Lecture

1963

HENRI LABORIT, M.D.

  • Chief of Research of the Health Services of the Armies of France.
  • Director of Physio-Biological Research and Physician-in-Chief of the National Navy.
  • American Public Health Associations’ Albert Lasker Award, 1957.
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1962

HAROLD G. CASSIDY

  • Professor of Chemistry, Yale University.
  • Author of The Sciences and the Arts: A New Alliance.
  • Read the Lecture

1961

ROBERT R. BLAKE

  • Professor of Psychology, University of Texas.
  • Author of The Managerial Grid and co-founder of Managerial Grid Theory.
  • Read the Lecture

1960

WARREN S. MCCULLOCH, M.D.

  • Research Laboratory of Electronics, M.I.T.
  • Author of Finality and Form.
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1959

Symposium: “Extending the Parabola”

with

CHARLES M. POMERAT

  • Professor of Cytology and Director of the Tissue Culture Laboratory, University of Texas, Galveston.

WILLIAM J. FRY

  • Research Professor of Physics and Director of Biophysical Research Laboratory, University of Illinois.

JAMES A. VAN ALLEN

  • Professor and Head, Department of Physics, State University of Iowa.

1958

RUSSELL MEYERS, M.D.
(see also 1985)

  • Professor of Surgery, College of Medicine, State University of Iowa.
  • Chairman of Division of Neurosurgery, University of Iowa Hospitals.
  • Author of “Preface to the 4th edition of Science and Sanity.”
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1957

ABRAHAM MASLOW

  • Professor of Psychology, Brandeis.
  • Author of Motivation and Personality.
  • Read the Lecture

1956

CLYDE KLUCKHOHN

  • Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University.
  • Author of Mirror for Man and What is Science?
  • Read the Lecture

1955

R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER

  • Distinguished engineer, mathematician, inventor, designer, mechanic, writer and philosopher.
  • Author of Nine Chains to the Moon and Dymaxion Air-Ocean World Map.

1954

F. S. C. NORTHROP

  • Professor of Philosophy and Law, Yale University.
  • Author of The Meeting of East and West and The Logic of the Sciences and Humanities.
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1953

F. J. ROETHLISBERGER

  • Professor of Human Relations, Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
  • Author of Management and Morale.
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1952

Co-Presenters: WILLIAM VOGT & M.F. ASHLEY MONTAGU

WILLIAM VOGT

  • Author of Road to Survival.
  • National Director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America;
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M.F. ASHLEY MONTAGU

  • Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University
  • Author of On Being Human and Statement on Race.
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