Here is recent news from general semantics and the Institute of General Semantics.
RIP Laurie Cox
Laurie Cox, the founder of the Australian General Semantics Society along with Andrew Lohrey, passed away in June. A recipient of the J. Talbot Winchell Award for outstanding contributions and service to general semantics and author of the book Self-Management in Difficult Situations, Laurie first encountered GS in the 1950s. He read widely in the subject and acknowledged that GS helped enormously in his personal and professional life. Laurie was imbued with a great intellect and joie de vivre. He will be missed by members of the GS community.
Vanessa Biard-Schaeffer Paris GS Lecture
IGS Board Secretary Vanessa Biard-Schaeffer gave a GS presentation in Paris to a group of IT specialists and developers. The presentation was titled “Sémantique générale.” Vanessa reports the presentation went well and she looks forward to continuing her GS talks in France.
Lance Strate’s New Book
Lance Strate, an IGS trustee and Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, brings to a new century Neil Postman’s essential insights into the way that our uses of media reflect and reshape society with his just published book Amazing Ourselves to Death. The book also examines Postman’s life and career weighs in with an analysis of contemporary journalism, politics, religion, and education vis a vis American culture. A most interesting and enlightening read!
Martin Levinson Presents at the 2014 MEA Convention
IGS President Martin H. Levinson gave a talk on general semantics and creativity at the Fifteenth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association (MEA), which was held June 19-22 in Toronto. IGS Vice President Corey Anton, the newly elected president of the MEA, was moderator of the panel that Levinson was on. IGS had an exhibitor’s table at the convention where GS books and materials were sold and membership applications were distributed. Nine members were signed up at the MEA convention.