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  • 12 Feb 2024 5:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The eighteenth episode of Semantic Reactions, the official podcast of the Institute of General Semantics, is now available for your listening pleasure. Our Febuary 2024 episode features the second part of an interview with singer-songwriter and activist Michelle Shocked. In conversation with IGS trustees Lance Strate and Thom Gencarelli, they discuss Michelle's career and music, and issues regarding copyright, media and technology, artists' rights, and human dignity (and includes a bit of salty language). The episode concludes with a live performance and a prerecorded song. If you haven't heard episode 17, you may want to listen to that one first.

    You can access Episode 17 via our host site, and it is also available through most major podcast platforms, also on YouTube, and below:


  • 28 Jan 2024 4:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The seventeenth episode of Semantic Reactions, the official podcast of the Institute of General Semantics, is now available for your listening pleasure. Our January 2024 episode features an interview with singer-songwriter and activist Michelle Shocked. In conversation with IGS trustees Lance Strate and Thom Gencarelli, they discuss Michelle's background and music, and issues regarding copyright, media and technology, artists' rights, and human dignity, and conclude with a live performance.

    You can access Episode 17 via our host site, and it is also available through most major podcast platforms, also on YouTube, and below:


  • 30 Dec 2023 5:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The sixteenth episode of Semantic Reactions, the official podcast of the Institute of General Semantics, is now available for your listening pleasure. Our December 2023 episode features an interview with former IGS Executive Director and Trustee Steve Stockdale. In conversation with IGS President Lance Strate, Stockdale discusses his background and connection to general semantics, his experiences setting up a MOOC and teaching a course on general semantics online, and his initiative known as “calling out the symbol rulers”. 

    You can access Episode 16 via our host site, and it is also available through most major podcast platforms, and on YouTube, and below:

  • 28 Dec 2023 4:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The presentations at the 71st Annual Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture and the Non-Aristotelian Perspectives, Ecological Approaches, and the Anthropocene Symposium held on October 27th-29th, 2023 at The Players, New York City, are now available for viewing via the IGS YouTube channel

    Lera Boroditsky's Korzybski Lecture was not included at the request of the speaker, but IGS members can access the raw footage of the entire weekend via our special members only page.
  • 1 Dec 2023 4:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The fifteenth episode of Semantic Reactions, the official podcast of the Institute of General Semantics, is now available for your listening pleasure. Our November 2023 episode features an interview with author, public speaker, and strategy management consultant Marcy Axelrod. The interview, conducted by IGS President Lance Strate, focuses on her new book, entitled How We Choose to Show Up, her work as a business consultant, and the importance of speech, relationships, and personal presence. 

    You can access Episode 15 via our host site, and it is also available through most major podcast platforms, and on YouTube, and below:


  • 31 Oct 2023 4:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The fourteenth episode of Semantic Reactions, the official podcast of the Institute of General Semantics, is now available for your listening pleasure. Our October 2023 episode features an interview with Nora Bateson, who is an IGS Trustee and President of the International Bateson Institute. The interview, conducted by IGS President Lance Strate, focuses on her new book, entitled Combining, a volume that includes essays, poems, and artwork. Their conversation touches on topics such as systems theory, the ecology of communication, learning and interdependence, relationships and contexts, and poetry and forms of expression.

    You can access Episode 14 via our host site, and it is also available through most major podcast platforms, and on YouTube, and below:

  • 30 Sep 2023 4:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The thirteenth episode of Semantic Reactions, the official podcast of the Institute of General Semantics, is now available for your listening pleasure. Celebrating the one year anniversary of the launch of our podcast, our September 2023 episode features a roundtable discussion with IGS trustees Eva Berger, Susan Drucker, Thom Gencarelli, Michael Plugh, and Lance Strate, as they take up the one of the most basic questions for the discipline of general semantics: What is going on? Their discussion touches on problems such as racism and retribalization, information overload and political polarization, chaos and complexity, AI and regulation, and how to make things better.

    You can access Episode 13 via our host site, and it is also available through most major podcast platforms, and on YouTube, and below:


  • 5 Sep 2023 1:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The twelfth episode of Semantic Reactions, the official podcast of the Institute of General Semantics, is now available for your listening pleasure. This installment features an interview with Paul Soukup, SJ, a professor of communication at Santa Clara University, and the author of seven books, including Communication and Theology; Christian Communication; Media, Culture and Catholicism; Mass Media and the Moral Imagination; Fidelity and Translation: Communicating the Bible in New Media; Out of Eden; and most recently, A Media Ecology of Theology. The interview is conducted by IGS president Lance Strate, and their discussion ranges across topics such as education, language, environmentalism, religion, and media.

    You can access Episode 12 via our host site, and it is also available through most major podcast platforms, and on YouTube, and below:


  • 1 Aug 2023 2:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The eleventh episode of Semantic Reactions, the official podcast of the Institute of General Semantics, is now available for your listening pleasure. This installment features an interview with novelist, literary scholar, and science fiction critic Marleen Barr. Dr. Barr is the author of two novels, Oy Pioneer! and Oy Feminist Planets, and a number of works of feminist science fiction, including Alien to Femininity: Speculative Fiction and Feminist Theory; Lost in Space: Probing Feminist Science Fiction and Beyond; Feminist Fabulation: Space/Postmodern Fiction; and Genre Fission: A New Discourse Practice for Cultural Studies. Her most recent book, just published by Dark Helix Press, is a short story collection entitled This Former President: Science Fiction as Retrospective Retrorocket Jettisons Trumpism. The  discussion covers feminism, literary theory, science fiction, and politics.

    You can access Episode 11 via our host site, and it is also available through most major podcast platforms, and on YouTube, and below:


  • 9 Jul 2023 1:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The IGS played a featured role at this year's 24th annual Media Ecology Association convention in New York City, held on June 22nd-25th, as cosponsors of the event. Here are some of the highlights:

    At the opening session, IGS President Lance Strate delivered welcoming remarks along with MEA President Michael Plugh, who is also a Trustee of the IGS, and President of the New York Society for General Semantics


    The IGS was featured at a special plenary session on general semantics. The panel included, from l. to r., IGS Trustees Lance Strate, Susan Drucker, Eva Berger, Michael Plugh, Tomkins Institute Chair Phil Rose (serving as moderator), and IGS Trustees Laura Trujillo-Liñán and Corey Anton.

    A session featuring authors of recently published books featured several IGS trustees: From l. to r. Lance Strate, author of Concerning Communication (IGS, 2022), Laura Trujillo-Liñán, author of  Formal Cause in Marshall McLuhan's Thinking (IGS, 2022), Eva Berger, author of Context Blindness (Peter Lang, 2022), along with Paul Soukup, author of A Media Ecology of Theology (Baylor University Press, 2022), and chairing the session, Michael Plugh.

    IGS Vice-President Corey Anton re-presented his 2022 keynote delivered at the New York State Communication Association's annual conference, "Apprehending the Elusive: Communication, Language, and Literacy":

    Another plenary session featured IGS Fellow TC McLuhan in conversation with Lance Strate:

    IGS Trustee Michael Plugh received the MEA's Christine L. Nystrom Award for Service for his efforts as an MEA officer, as well as for serving as President of the New York Society for General Semantics, and as Past President of the New York State Communication Association:

    Adeena Karasick received the MEA's Susanne K. Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Symbolic Form for her book, Massaging the Medium, published by the IGS.

    IGS Trustee Eva Berger received the MEA's Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Social Interaction for her book, Context Blindness.


    And IGS Trustee Laura Trujillo-Liñán received the MEA's Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book for her monograph, Formal Cause in Marshall McLuhan's Thinking, published by the IGS.

    It was truly a week to remember!

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