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The 62nd Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture & Dinner


Jack El-Hai (Photo by Elizabeth Barnwell)

Jack El-Hai
62nd Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecturer

  • Author of The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII
  • Lecture Title: “The General-Semantics Psychiatrist and the Nazi”

Friday Evening, October 24th, 2014

6:00pm – Registration, Happy Hour, Cash Bar
6:30pm – AKML Dinner and Awards Presentations
8:00pm – The 62nd Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture

The Princeton Club
15 West 43rd St. (between 5th & 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10036

Updated 9/27/2014

Dinner: $80.00 per person, purchasable at the door.  Dinner is free for current IGS members who are paid up as of 10/24/2014, plus one guest. IGS members: Please affirm your attendance with an email to, or by calling the IGS office at (212) 729-7973. Like to become a member? Visit

Lecture: Free Admission (no reservation needed)

A 2-Day Symposium
Sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics

Title: “‘Making Sense’ through Time-Binding”

Saturday, October 25th – Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Saturday – 8am-6pm
Sunday – 8am-12:30pm

The Princeton Club
15 West 43rd St. (between 5th & 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10036

Symposium: Free Admission (no reservation needed)


Friday evening, October 24th, 2014, writer Jack El-Hai will deliver the 62nd 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 25th-26th, 2014, The Princeton Club will host a symposium sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics titled “‘Making Sense’ through Time-Binding.”

About Jack El-Hai

Jack El-Hai is a writer of books and articles who covers medicine, science, and history. He has contributed more than 500 articles and essays to The Atlantic, Scientific American Mind, Wired, The Saturday Evening Post, The History Channel Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, and many other newsstand publications, as well as to magazines of the University of California, the University of Minnesota, Yale University, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Mayo Clinic, among others.

His books include The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII (PublicAffairs Books, 2013), Non-Stop: A Turbulent History of Northwest Airlines (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness (John Wiley & Sons, 2005; winner of a Minnesota Book Award and the annual book award of the Medical Journalists’ Association of the U.K.), Lost Minnesota: Stories of Vanished Places (University of Minnesota Press, 2000), and Minnesota Collects (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1992), as well as commissioned corporate histories of Andersen Windows, Land O’Lakes, Super 8 Motels, FedEx, and many other firms.

Several of Jack’s works have been produced or optioned for production as TV programs, movies, and documentaries. Mythology Entertainment has optioned both The Nazi and the Psychiatrist and The Lobotomist, and in 2008 the PBS series American Experience broadcast a documentary based on the latter book.

Jack is a member of the faculty of the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Augsburg College. He frequently lectures and leads workshops on writing and on his book topics.

A native of Los Angeles, Jack earned a B.A. in English from Carleton College and an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. He is past president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. His awards and honors include the June Roth Memorial Award for Medical Journalism, a Loft McKnight Fellowship in Creative Prose, and research grants from the Jerome Foundation and the Center for Arts Criticism. He lives in Minneapolis.

The Nazi and the Psychiatrist on Amazon:

Call for Papers

Updated 8/11/2013

Send papers, proposals, and inquiries on this year’s theme, “Language and Symbol Use in the Twenty-First Century” by August 31, 2013 September 20, 2013.

About General Semantics

General semantics is a popular, practical discipline that applies modern scientific thinking toward the solution of personal and professional problems. Through the application of general semantics ideas and principles, general semantics brings about clearer thinking, peaceful interaction, and greater sanity to one’s life. General semantics has served as the foundation for numerous approaches to human problems with its unique applications adapted from modern science.


Updated 10/17/2014


Updated 6/13/2013

Registration is now open.

To purchase an advance ticket for the dinner, please visit  Dinner is $80.00 per person.  Dinner is free for current IGS members who are paid up as of 10/25/2013, plus one guest.

Registration is not needed for the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture or the weekend symposium.

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Hotel Accommodations

The Princeton Club is located at 15 West 43rd Street between 5th & 6th Avenues in the Grand Central Station area of Midtown Manhattan ( A great number of hotels are in the vicinity. Click here for a selection of local hotels.