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Conferences & Symposia

AKML & Symposium 2014

For information on the 2014 AKML & symposium, please visit: http://www.generalsemantics.org/akml-2014

History & Objectives

The Institute periodically hosts, sponsors, and co-sponsors conferences and symposia attended by members and non-members from around the world, on topics related to general semantics and its multidisciplinary interests.  Our conferences and symposia are the showcase of our annual Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture Series.

Previous Conferences & Symposia

Conferences and symposia in recent memory were held in New York City in October 2012 (“Language and Symbol Use in Politics and Other Arenas”), October 2011 (“Communication in the 21st Century”); New York City in October 2010 (“New Languages, New Relations, New Realities”); Arlington, Texas, in October 2006 (“Making Sense”); and Las Vegas, Nevada, in October 2003 (“Confronting the Challenges of Conflicting World Views”).

Below is a selection of conferences and symposia sponsored or co-sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics, along with roundups that include photos, video, papers, publicity, and more.

2013

“Language and Symbol Use in the Twenty-First Century”

  • October 25-27, 2013
  • Princeton Club, New York, NY
  • Featuring the 61st Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture by Terrence Deacon
  • Information Page

2012

“Language and Symbol Use in Politics and Other Arenas”

  • October 26-28, 2012
  • Princeton Club, New York, NY
  • Featuring the 60th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture by Shawn Lawrence Otto
  • Information Page
  • Roundup

2011

“Communicating in the 21st Century”

  • October 28-30, 2011
  • Princeton Club, New York, NY
  • Featuring the 59th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture by Sherry Turkle
  • Information Page
  • Roundup

2010

“New Languages, New Relations, New Realities”

  • October 29-31, 2010
  • Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, New York, NY
  • Featuring the 58th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture by Deborah Tannen
  • Information Page
  • Roundup

2009

“Across the Generations: Legacies of Hope and Meaning”

  • September 11-13, 2009
  • Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, New York, NY
  • Featuring the 57th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture by Mary Catherine Bateson
  • Information Page
  • Roundup

2008

“Creating the Future: Conscious Time-Binding for a Better Tomorrow”

  • November 14-16, 2008
  • Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, New York, NY
  • Featuring the 56th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture by Douglas Rushkoff
  • Information Page
  • Roundup

2007

“Mind and Consciousness:
Understanding/Reconciling/Integrating Symbol Systems and Nervous Systems”

  • October 26-27, 2007
  • The Princeton Club and Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, New York, NY
  • Featuring the 55th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture by Leonard Shlain, M.D.
  • Information Page
  • Roundup

2006

“Making Sense” Conference

  • October 27-28, 2006
  • Arlington Hilton Hotel, Arlington, TX
  • Featuring the 54th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture by Renee Hobbs
  • Information Page
  • Roundup

2005

“Envisioning the Emerging Future”

  • April 22-23, 2005
  • American Museum of Natural History, Linder Theater, New York, NY
  • Featuring the 53rd Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture by Robert L. Carneiro
  • Program with Video Clips

2003

“Confronting the Challenges of Conflicting World Views”

  • The Twelfth International Conference on General Semantics
  • October 31 – November 2, 2003
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Featuring the 52nd Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture by Sanford I. Berman
  • Information Page
  • Roundup

Prior Conferences & Symposia

The Institute of General Semantics has sponsored congresses and conferences dating back to 1935.

Click here to view a list of prior conferences and symposia sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics.

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