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  • 24 Oct 2022 7:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Totem and Taboo in Contemporary Talk panel discussion and presentation of the 2021 S.I. Hayakawa Prize to John H. McWhorter was held on April 6, 2022. For the full event description, click here.

    The recording of the event is available for viewing on the IGS YouTube channel. To view it there, click here. Or view it right here:

  • 24 Oct 2022 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Laura Trujillo-Liñán has joined the IGS Board of Trustees. She is professor/researcher of Humanities and Media at Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City, and General Coordinator for the Universidad Panamericana Open University.

  • 24 Oct 2022 5:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thom Gencarelli has succeeded Jacqueline Rudig as Treasurer of the IGS. Dr. Gencarelli is Professor and the founding Chair of the Communication Department at Manhattan College, and the current editor of the official journal of the IGS, ETC: A Review of General Semantics. He is also the Treasurer of the New York Society for General Semantics and a Past President of the Media Ecology Association, the New York State Communication Association, and the New Jersey Communication Association (twice). 

  • 24 Oct 2022 5:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Susan Drucker and Michael Plugh have joined the IGS Board of Trustees. Dr. Drucker is a Distinguished Professor of Journalism in the Department of Journalism/Media Studies, School of Communication, Hofstra University. She is also an attorney, the treasurer of the Urban Communication Foundation, and the author and editor of 13 books and over 150 articles and book chapters. Michael Plugh is an Associate Professor of Communication at Manhattan College, the President of the New York Society for General Semantics, Vice-President of the Media Ecology Association, and a Past President of the New York State Communication Association.

  • 24 Oct 2022 5:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Michael Plugh has succeeded Lance Strate as President of the New York Society for General Semantics. Dr. Plugh teaches communication at Manhattan College, has served as President of the New York State Communication Association, and Vice-President of the Media Ecology Association.

    Lance Strate served as President of the NYSGS from 2016 to 2021, and stepped down from that role after being elected as President of the Institute of General Semantics. He remains on the NYSGS board in the office of Secretary. Teresa Manzella was elected as Vice-President and Thom Gencarelli as Treasurer of the NYSGS.

  • 22 Dec 2020 2:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After many years of faithful and fruitful service, Martin H. Levinson has stepped down from his position as President of the Institute of General Semantics, and Vanessa Biard-Schaeffer from Secretary. Both remain IGS trustees, and Biard-Schaeffer has also been appointed Ambassador-at-Large.

    We are pleased to announce the election of Lance Strate as the new IGS President, and Eva Berger as Secretary. They will join current Vice President Corey Anton, and Treasurer Jacqueline Rudig, who were re-elected to their positions.

    About Lance Strate

    Dr. Strate is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University in New York City, and the author of eight books, including On the Binding Biases of Time and Other Essays on General Semantics and Media Ecology; Amazing Ourselves to Death: Neil Postman's Brave New World Revisited; and most recently, Diatribal Writes of Passage in a World of Wintertextuality: Poems on Language, Media, and Life.

    About Eva Berger

    Dr. Berger is a former Dean and current Senior Lecturer in the School of Media Studies of the College of Management and Academic Studies in Tel Aviv, and author of The Communication Panacea: Pediatrics and General Semantics.

  • 23 May 2016 2:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A bit of recent news from our sister organization, the New York Society for General Semantics:

    Fordham Communications professor Lance Strate, Ph.D., has become the new president of the New York Society for General Semantics. He will be conducting monthly NYSGS meetings in the fall at The Players Club in New York City. More information to follow.

    Dr. Strate recently posted an update on NYSGS on his blog.

    For information on future NYSGS events, please visit


  • 22 Mar 2010 2:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, & Technical Communication at James Madison University"

    James Madison University’s School of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication seeks applications and nominations for a senior faculty position at the rank of professor.

    Additional information about the School is available at

    Duties and Responsibilities: research and scholarly activity in area of specialization; mentor student research, undergraduate and graduate; pursue external funding; strengthen cross-disciplinary relations with other departments and schools at JMU.

    Qualifications: Requirements include a doctorate in Linguistics, Rhetoric and Composition, or related field, with demonstrated expertise in psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, general semantics, and with evidence of successful teaching in first-year composition. Additional requirements include demonstrated success at writing grants and securing external funding and evidence of successful curricular and programmatic design.

    Preferred qualifications include experience designing and teaching courses at the intersections of rhetoric, writing, technical and scientific communication and linguistics.

    Instructions to applicants: Candidates must complete the JOBLINK Application at In addition, candidates must send a letter of application, C.V., official transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy and/or sample syllabi, and three letters of recommendation to:

    Dr. Jim Zimmerman
    Chair, WRTC Search Committee
    James Madison University
    School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication
    800 South Main Street, MSC 2103
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807

    To assure consideration, all materials must be received by April 18, 2010.

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