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Our conferences and symposia often feature our annual Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture Series.

The Institute of General Semantics periodically hosts, sponsors, and co-sponsors conferences and symposia attended by people from around the world, featuring presentations on topics related to general semantics and its multidisciplinary interests.

Upcoming events

    • 27 Apr 2024
    • 8:45 AM - 6:30 PM
    • Online Via Zoom

    Join us on Saturday, April 27th for Non-Aristotelian Perspectives, Ecological Approaches, and the Anthropocene II: An Online Symposium. As the title indicates, this is a continuation of the Non-Aristotelian Perspectives, Ecological Approaches, and the Anthropocene Symposium held in person following the 2023 Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture in New York City. 

    Our online symposium is free and open to members and non-members alike, but registration is required. The symposium will be held via Zoom, with the information for signing on to be distributed in advance of the event. Please note that sessions will be recorded for later distribution online. 

    Non-Aristotelian Perspectives,

    Ecological Approaches,

    and the Anthropocene II

    An Online Symposium

    April 27th, 2024

    All times listed are Eastern Daylight Savings Time

    Greetings and Welcomings       8:45 AM EDT

    Lance Strate, Fordham University, USA

    Session I   The Map is Not the Territory   9:00 AM to 10:15 AM

    Chair: Eva Berger, College of Management Academic Studies, Israel

    “Robothespian as Invocational Actant”

        Chris Chesher, University of Sydney, Australia

    “Pragmatic Analysis of Deixis in Indian Stand-up Comedy”

        Tanima Bagchi, Shiv Nadar University Chennai, India

    “Understanding the Experience of Secularism Through a General Semantics Perspective”

        Asmita Kundu, Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics & Other Human Sciences, India

    It Touches Us: A Comprehensive Model for Explaining Preferences for Using Paper Media as an Alternative to Equivalent Digital Products”

        David Levin, College of Management & Academic Studies, Israel

    Session II   Binding Time and Space   10:30 AM to 11:45 AM

    Chair: Laura Trujillo Liñán, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico

    “AI Art and Prompts: Lost in Translation”

        Eva Berger, College of Management & Academic Studies, Israel

    Time-Binding and Literacy in the Era of AI Growth”

        Kasia Drogowska, Independent Scholar, Poland

    “Not Merely a Continent: The Concept of Europe in the Ukrainian Language of the 16th to 18th Centuries”

        Oleksandr Bohomolets-Barash, Taras Shevchenko National University, Ukraine

    “The Law of Onto-Existential Unity: Ontophenomenology Reworks the Early Korzybski”

        Mauro Ventola, Center for Ontological Transformation, Italy

    Session III   People in Quandaries   12:o0 Noon to 1:15 PM

    Chair: Susan J. Drucker, Hofstra University, USA

    “A Media Ecological Glance at Resilience in the 21st Century Multimodal Artistic Environment” 

        Olena Marina, Kerry Education and Training Board, Ireland, 

    & Igor Korolyov, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine

    “What is Documentation and How Do You Study It?”

        Niels Windfeld Lund, The Arctic University of Norway, Norway

    “Depressing and Anxiogenic Environments: Digital Media and Its Discontents”

        Adriana Braga, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    “Kenneth Burke, Alfred Korzybski, and Ontology: Charting a Path for Understanding the Anthropocene”

        Ryan McCullough, West Liberty University, USA

    Session IV    Semantic Reactions    1:30 to 2:45 PM

    Chair: Dom Heffer, Institute of General Semantics, UK

    “Mapping the Territory: Active Listening and Active Feedback Processes in Meaning-Making”

        Svetlana V. Grushina, Dartmouth College, USA

    “Visualizing Complexity: Unifying Symbols Through Language Designed for Systems Theory”

        R. Aaron Ball, Independent Scholar, Canada

    “Reflections, Intentions, and Spirit Interventions: A Poetic Path in Public Health”

        Donna Flayhan, State University of New York at New Paltz, USA

    “Human Rights and Technology: An Approach to Analyzing the Impact of Media on Society”

        Laura Trujillo Liñán, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico and 

        Ricardo Meneses-TrujilloUniversidad Panamericana, Mexico

    Session V     The Art of Awareness     3:o0 to 4:15 PM

    Chair: Thom Gencarelli, Manhattan College, USA

    “Korzybski's Razor”

        Chris Mayer, Institute of General Semantics, USA

    “Expanding Our Horizons: Language as Metaphor”

        Milton Dawes, Independent Scholar, Canada

    “Anatomical Semantics and Embodied Cognition: The Simple Case of the Shoulder and the Slouch”

        Jim Freda, Independent Scholar, USA

    “The Generation Gap: An Obstacle or An Opportunity?”

        Elsa Sánchez, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico

    Session VI   Semantic Environments   4:30 Noon to 5:45 PM

    Chair: Lance Strate, Fordham University, USA

    “Doubling Down on Rationality: Teaching Langer in the Context of Extinction”

        Heather Crandall, Gonzaga University, USA

    “McLuhan Thinking with Kepes: Technology and Environments, Art and Awareness”

        Jaqueline McLeod Rogers, University of Winnipeg, Canada

    “Harold Innis’s Final Course and the Capacity of Language”

        Edward Comor, University of Western Ontario, Canada

    Easterbrook: The Fifth Business in the Innis and McLuhan Narrative

        Tom Cooper, Emerson College, USA

    Concluding Remarks       6:00 PM

        Lance Strate, Fordham University, USA

    About the Participants

    Tanima Bagchi will soon be joining as Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Shiv Nadar University Chennai. Prior to this engagement, she has worked as an Academic Fellow at Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics and Other Human Sciences Baroda and as Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Management Indore and Vellore Institute of Technology Andhra Pradesh (VIT-AP University). She has obtained her PhD in Linguistics from Indian Institute of Technology Madras. She has an MA in Linguistics from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and a BA (Honours) in English from Scottish Church College, affiliated to University of Calcutta. She works at the intersection of language, culture, and cognition and explores the intricate relationship between gender and language use at both public and private spaces. She is a qualitative researcher and applies interdisciplinarity in her research methodology. Her research specializations lie in the areas of sociolinguistics and cognitive linguistics. She has been working in the domains of gender, power and communication; honorification; language and spatial cognition; language and perception; humor studies; film studies; narrative analysis; development of language corpus. When she is not involved in academic activities, she spends her time by reading both fiction and non-fiction books of which her favorite genres include magical realism, historical fiction, memoir and biography. She also dabbles in poetry and short stories and has a knack for learning foreign languages.

    Eva Berger is a Professor of Media Studies at the College of Management Academic Studies in Israel. She serves as Secretary of the Institute of General Semantics. Dr. Berger is the author of, Context Blindness: Digital Technology and the Next Stage of Human Evolution (2022, Peter Lang), and co-author of The Communication Panacea: Pediatrics and General Semantics (2014, IGS). She holds a Ph.D. in Media Ecology from New York University. 

    Oleksandr Bohomolets-Barash is a Ph.D. student at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in Ukraine, Institute of Philology, Department of Ukrainian Language and Applied Linguistics. Currently, he is working on his dissertation concerning the concept of Europe in the linguistic picture of the world of Ukrainians of the XVI–XVIII centuries. Although he writes about Europe as a part of Western civilization, he admires Eastern culture, which contributes to his professional life as a book editor (he worked on Ukrainian translations of several fictional books, including the first translation of Kuwaiti short stories into Ukrainian “In Search of Precious Pearls” (Kuwait City, 2023), and the novels by Crimean Tatar writers, such as Ismail Gasprinsky and Cengiz Dağcı). Accepting the hypothesis that different languages provide different worldviews, he enjoys learning languages, such as English, Spanish, and Polish.

    Adriana Braga is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Past President of the Media Ecology Association, and Visiting Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. She is a Researcher funded by FAPERJ and CNPq,  and a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She was a Visiting Professor at the University of Macau, China. She coordinates the Digital Media Laboratory-LabMiD and the Digital Interactions Research Group-GRID. She is the author and editor of 12 books and over 100 articles and book chapters includingAI and the Singularity: A Fallacy or a Great Opportunity? (MDPI, Switzerland, 2020); Introduction to Media Ecology (w/Strate and Levinson. Loyola, 2019); Maternal-Electronic Personae (Sulina, 2008); Summer-Body: Journalism and Discourse in the Women's Press (PUC-Rio Press, 2016); and CMC, Identities and Gender (UBI/Portugal, 2005). Her doctoral dissertation was the winner of the CAPES PhD Dissertation Award 2007 and the Media Ecology Association’s Harold Innis Award 2007. She was the recipient of the Media Ecology Association’sLouis Forsdale Award for Outstanding Educator in the Field of Media Ecology in 2022. She is the producer and director of the feature-length documentary Howie The Outsiders: the Chicago School and Communication Studies in Brazil (Brazil/France/USA/Portugal, 2020, 62min), which was awarded at the Congress of ANPOCS 2022.

    Chris Chesher is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Cultures in the Discipline of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on the intersection of technology, culture, and society, with current interests in the transformation of restaurant service with robots, the cultural and semiotic aspects of social robots and the place of AI image generators in the history of visual culture. In earlier work Dr. Chesher has explored the implications of technology-mediated interactions in virtual reality, blogging, smartphone cameras, voice assistants and computer games. His work sheds light on how these interactions reshape social dynamics, behaviors, and human identities. His research is characterized by its application of theoretical concepts to real-world contexts. Dr. Chesher's recent book, Invocational Media: Reconceptualising the Computer, is both a critique of the dominant computational paradigm and a reimagining of digital technologies through the concept of invocation.

    Edward Comor is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario and has spent over thirty years teaching, researching and writing about the political economy of culture and communication, international communications, and the work of Harold Innis. For his sixth book, he has edited Easterbrook’s 1952-1953 lectures for when he taught Harold Innis's course on communications under the title, Harold Innis’s Final Course. It will be published by Peter Lang as part of Lance Strate’s Understanding Media Ecology series.

    Tom Cooper was a guest scholar at Oxford, Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Berkeley, Cambridge, Princeton, the East-West Center, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Hawaii during his last two sabbaticals, and was professor at Emerson College for thirty-eight years. The Association for Responsible Communication which he founded was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Cooper taught at Harvard, where he graduated magna cum laude, and was an ‘ethics expert’ at a United Nations project in Vienna and Athens. A former assistant to Marshall McLuhan, he was a consultant to the Elders Project which involved Nelson Mandela, Kofi Anan and Jimmy Carter. Cooper is a playwright with a Ph.D. in theater and media, a union musician who trained at the Royal Conservatory, a poet, black belt, blogger, and author or co-author of nine books and over two hundred academic and professional articles and reviews. Dr. Cooper’s latest book, Doing the Right Thing, is about twelve of the most difficult and influential ethical decisions ever made and his next book, Wisdom Weavers, is about the intellectual relationship between Harold Innis and Marshall McLuhan. His current musical, Higher! Higher!, is in development at theaters in Cambridge, MA, and in Honolulu where he currently resides.

    Heather Crandall earned an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Media Studies, and American Studies. She is a Professor in Communication Studies at Gonzaga University where she teaches Analyzing Public Texts and Discourse, Rhetoric of Social Change and Understanding Meaning-Making. She is interested in using scholarly expertise to advance the global fight for environmental justice. She co-authored The Climate Girl Effect: Fridays, Flint, and Fire (2022), which received the 2023 Honorable Mention Book Award from Labor Tech Research Network. She published an article on hashtag activism in the journal, Explorations in Media Ecology. She is the book review editor of Communication Research Trends and sits on two boards:Gonzaga’s Advisory Boards for the Institute of Climate, Water, and the Environment and the Northwest Alliance for Media Literacy. 

    Milton Dawes is a Fellow of The Institute of General Semantics, and a scholar of Alfred Korzybski's  General Semantics. He is the author of numerous articles, including "The Calculus as The Logic of Sanity,"”Bernard Lonergan S. J.'s, Transcendental Insights,” and "The Detached, Unrestricted, Disinterested, Desire to Know." He was presented the J. Talbot Winchell Award  for "Outstanding Contributions to General Semantics" and also the Irving J. Lee Award  for "Excellence in Teaching General  Semantics." His seminar approach focuses on learning from ourselves, others, and from whatever happens to be going on in the moment. 

    Kasia Drogowska has completed the first Polish translation of Alfred Korzybski's Science and Sanity, selected excerpts of which will be published in 2024. She is currently starting a collaboration with the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, where she plans to teach the application of general semantics in human-machine interactions, as well as head a postsgraduate course combining the humanities and sciences to impart knowledge about the impact of technology on humans and ecosystems.  She is a graduate of the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science at the University of Warsaw, where she earned her PhD, studying the impact of new media on news production, management and use. She works for Warner Bros Discovery as head of local ad-supported OTT product and editorial director.

    Susan J. Drucker is a Distinguished Professor of Journalism in the Department of Journalism/Media Studies, School of Communication, Hofstra University, and a Trustee of the Institute of General Semantics. She is an attorney, and treasurer of the Urban Communication Foundation. She is the author and editor of 13 books and over 150 articles and book chapters including two volumes of the Urban Communication Reader, Regulating Convergence (Peter Lang, 2010), Voices in theStreet: Gender, Media and Public Space and two editions of Real Law @ Virtual Space: The Regulation of Cyberspace (1999, 2005), and Regulating Social Media: Legal and Ethical Considerations (2013) with Gary Gumpert. She co-edited Urban Communication Regulations: Communication Freedoms and Limits (Lang, 2018). Her latest book is Fake News: Real Issues in Modern Communication with Russell Chun (Peter Lang, 2020). She received the Walter J. Ong Award for Career Achievement in Scholarship from the Media Ecology Association in 2018. Her work examines the relationship between media technology and human factors, particularly as viewed from a legal perspective.

    Jim Freda is a scholar/practitioner, a structural bodyworker and a somatic social theorist. In his clinical work he focuses on reversing the effects on our postural structure and muscle tone of sedentarism and environmental mismatch. As a scholar he is  interested in how history and culture shape and determine anatomy, both our academic understanding of anatomy and our practical awareness of the body or lack of it, including how the field of anatomy is increasingly making decisive contributions to complexity theory. His own interest is in an important myofascial synergy called the deep core, which is the focus in his therapeutic work and research.

    Donna Flayhan is a Professor of Strategic Communication, Environmental Health & Justice, and Media Ecology at the State University of New York at New Paltz where she is currently developing curriculum for a new Masters in Strategic Communication program.  In 2024-25, Dr Flayhan will be developing the foundational graduate course in Strategic Communication as well as the advanced graduate course in Environmental Communication, Organizations, and Sustainability.  Flayhan has also taught and in 2024-25, will be further developing the undergraduate course in Environmental Communication offered by the Department of Communication on the major plan for the new undergraduate major in Environmental Studies at the State University at New Paltz.  Flayhan works in what she calls “quintessentially American Pragmatism combined with philosophical spiritualism” resulting in fulfilling and important work as a public intellectual.

    Thom Gencarelli is Professor and founding Chair of the Communication Department at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York, where he also serves as Advisor to the College’s student-run newspaper, The Quadrangle. He is a Past President of the Media Ecology Association, the New York State Communication Association, and the New Jersey Communication Association (twice), Treasurer and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of General Semantics, and Editor of the IGS’ official journal ETC: A Review of General Semantics. He researches and writes about media ecology, media education/media literacy, new media, and popular media and culture with an emphasis on popular music, is co-editor (with Brian Cogan) of Baby Boomers and Popular Culture: An Inquiry into America’s Most Powerful Generation, and has two books due out this year: Searching for the Right Notes: Essays on Media, Music, and Meaning (Peter Lang) and, with Corey Anton, the anthology General Semantics and Politics (the New Non-Aristotelian Library). He is the recipient of multiple awards including the Eastern Communication Association’s Distinguished Teaching Fellows Award and the Media Ecology Association’s Louis Forsdale Award for Outstanding Educator in the Field of Media Ecology, the John F. Wilson Fellowship Award for Scholarship and Service from the New York State Communication Association, the Media Ecology Association’s Christine L. Nystrom Award for Outstanding Career Achievement in Service to the Field of Media Ecology, and, just last year, the J. Talbott Winchell Award for Outstanding Contributions and Service to the Cause of General Semantics from the Institute of General Semantics. He is also a songwriter, musician, and producer, and has released four album-length works with his ensemble bluerace: World is Ready (2009), Beautiful Sky (2013), Mistral (2019), and due out this summer, INDYeGO.

    Svetlana (Yana) Grushina is Senior Lecturer in Speech at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA, where she teaches Public Speaking; New Media Communication; and Organizational Communication and Sustainability. Yana's research focuses on language and social interaction; her fieldwork sites have spanned Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Germany, Jamaica, and the U.S. Her research in the contexts of sustainability and multinational teamwork has been published in Organization & Environment, Organizational Dynamics, Communication Yearbook, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, and other outlets. She was the Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH) 2021 Presidents’ Good Steward Award recipient for her work engaging students with community organizations via Social Impact Practicum projects in her courses. Yana's passions include teaching, thinking about and providing feedback on student work, abandoning cross-stitch projects, and watching the sunrise when sailing offshore.

    Dom Heffer is a Trustee of the Institute of General Semantics, and an artist based in Hull, East Yorkshire. He is known for making large scale paintings exploring technological and communications environments, often with an anarchic flavor. He has worked with numerous arts and research organizations nationally and internationally, such as The Estate of Francis Bacon, 2021 Visual Arts Centre, Ferens Art Gallery and is a founding member of Feral Art School. For further info see:

    Igor Korolyov is Doctor of Sciences in Philology, and Professor of the Department of Polish Studies and Head of the Centre for Baltic Studies at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in Ukraine. He is the manager of the Project “Ecolinguistic Modes of Ukrainian Discursive Space in the European Multicultural Continuum” (2020-2021) in the framework of the “Supporting the leading researchers and young scientists” competition under the National Research Foundation of Ukraine. His research interests include  general linguistics, language philosophy, linguistic communication, ecolinguistics, and psycholinguistics.

    Asmita Kundu has recently completed her Doctor of Philosophy from the Center of English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her dissertation is entitled The Evolution and Ambiguities of Secularism in India: A Study of Select Novels (Late Nineteenth to Early Twentieth Century). Presently, she is an independent scholar and an English Literature and Language Educator, and Academic Fellow at Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics and Other Human Sciences Baroda.

    David Levin is a senior lecturer in The School of Media Studies, College of Management Academic Studies, Israel. He focuses on the conjunctions between the possibilities and limitations of various media, cultural models, and the implications of special contexts of use. His recent book, It Touches Us,  deals with the continuous using of paper base media in the digital age.

    Niels Windfeld Lund, born 1949 in Copenhagen, Denmark, historian, and ethnologist, became the first employee and full professor in Documentation Studies, University of Tromsø, Norway, in 1996 and was responsible for the initial development of Documentation Studies. From 1975 till 1988 Dr. Lund was Associate Professor at the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Denmark. Professor Lund has been Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, (2001/2005-06) and is the founder of The Document Academy, an international network for Documentation Studies organizing annual DOCAM conferences. In 2014, Prof. Lund retired, but is still active as Professor Emeritus.

    Olena Marina is a Doctor of Science in Philology and Professor at the Kerry Education and Training Board, Ireland. Her research interests include multimodal studies, cognitive linguistics, transmediality studies, media ecology, and general semantics.

    Christopher W. Mayer is Trustee of the Institute of General Semantics, an independent scholar, and founder of Woodlock House Family Capital, a private investment partnership. He is also the author of How Do You Know? which received the S.I. Hayakawa Book Award from the Institute of General Semantics in 2019. And he is the author of Dear Fellow Timebinder: Letters on General Semantics, published by the Institute in 2022. 

    Ryan McCullough is an Associate Professor of Communication in the Department of Media and Visual Arts at West Liberty University (West Liberty, West Virginia). He teaches courses in public speaking, media theory, media law and ethics, public relations, and social media. His research interests include media ecology, rhetoric, communication ethics, and general semantics. 

    Jaqueline McLeod Rogers is a Professor in the Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communication at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba (Canada). She teaches courses about place, professional writing and style, non-fiction writing, and academic/scholarly writing.  She has a manuscript awaiting publication, Marshall McLuhan with Urban Planner Jaqueline Tyrwhitt and Artist Gyorgy Kepes: Crises Then as Now (with Peter Lang) and recently published McLuhan’s Techno-Sensorium City: Coming to our Senses in a Programmed Environment (Lexington 2021)—a book recognized by the Media Ecology Association  with The Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Ecology of Technics (2021). Her article “Susanne Langer, Marshall McLuhan and Media Ecology: Feminist Principles in Humanist Projects” received The Walter Benjamin Award for Outstanding Article from the MEA in 2022 and, in further feminist studies, she co-edited Parenting/Internet/Kids: Domesticating Technologies (Demeter Press 2022). She is currently serving a term on the MEA Board and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Senses and Society.

    Ricardo Meneses-Trujillo is an industrial engineer with specializations in Project Management and in Corporate Finance from Universidad Panamericana. His academic endeavors include a full-time MBA from IPADE Business School, an exchange program of 4 months at the University of Technology in Tallinn, Estonia, and a diploma in Data Science from Columbia University in New York. Ricardo has worked as a consultant at KPMG, helping international companies like Aeroméxico, BMW, Volkswagen, Bayer, and Boehringer Ingelheim. He has also worked as a general director for Grupo Andrade. Currently, he is the founder and CEO of Digital Thunder, a marketing digital agency, and also shares his expertise as a professor of Big Data and Marketing at Universidad Panamericana. Ricardo is not only a strategist and educator but also a musician who plays violin, piano, and cello, he has been certified by the Royal School of Music. Fluent in French, English, Spanish, he nurtures his artistic side through painting and is further expanding his intellectual pursuits with a degree in philosophy.

    Elsa Sánchez has maintained an academic and professional career in diverse fields such as political science, philosophy and education. She has experience as a professor at all academic levels and as a committed speaker on issues related to women, education and culture. Additionally, her dedication as a mother and her participation in volunteerism demonstrate her commitment to the community and her ability to balance family responsibilities with her passion for learning and service. Elsa appears to have an active and diverse personality, enjoying both intellectual pursuits and sports such as swimming and boxing, reflecting her ability to balance mind and body in her pursuit of knowledge and well-being.

    Lance Strate is a Trustee and President of the Institute of General Semantics, a Past President of the New York Society for General Semantics, the New York State Communication, Association and the Media Ecology Association, and Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs of the Global Listening Centre. He is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, held the 2015 Harron Family Chair in Communication at Villanova University, and received an honorary appointment as Chair Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Henan University in Kaifeng, China, in 2016. He is the author of Echoes and Reflections: On Media Ecology as a Field of Study (2006), On the Binding Biases of Time and Other Essays on General Semantics and Media Ecology (2011), Amazing Ourselves to Death: Neil Postman's Brave New World Revisited (2014), Thunder at Darwin Station (2015), 麦克卢汉与媒介生态学 [McLuhan and Media Ecology, an original collection of essays published in Mandarin translation, 2016], Media Ecology: An Approach to Understanding the Human Condition (2017), Introdução à Ecologia das Midías [Introduction to Media Ecology, co-authored by Adriana Braga and Paul Levinson, original contributions published in Portuguese translation, 2019), Diatribal Writes of Passage in a World of Wintertextuality: Poems on Language, Media, and Life (2020), Concerning Communication: Epic Quests and Lyric Excursions in the Human Life World (2022, IGS), First Letter of My Alphabet (2023, NeoPoiesis), and Not A, Not Be, &c (in press, IGS). He is co-editor of two editions of Communication and Cyberspace: Social Interaction in an Electronic Environment (1996, 2003), Critical Studies in Media Commercialism (2000), The Legacy of McLuhan (2005), Korzybski and... (2012), The Medium is the Muse: Channeling Marshall McLuhan (2015), La Comprensión de los Medios en la Era Digital: Un Nuevo Análisis de la Obra de Marshall McLuhan (2016), and Taking Up McLuhan's Cause: Perspectives on Media and Formal Causality (2017). He has served as editor of the Speech Communication Annual, General Semantics Bulletin, and Explorations in Media Ecology, a journal he founded and edited for 9 years (2002-2007, 2017-2019). He delivered the 2018 Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture for the Institute of General Semantics and received their 2022 J. Talbot Winchell Award for Service, received the Media Ecology Association's 2018 Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book and their 2013 Walter J. Ong Award for Career Achievement in Scholarship, the Eastern Communication Association's 2019 Distinguished Research Fellow Award, the New York State Communication Association's 2019 Neil Postman Mentor Award and their 1998 John F. Wilson Fellow Award for exceptional scholarship, leadership, and dedication to the field of communication, the Global Listening Centre’s 2020 Outstanding Research Award.

    Laura Trujillo-Liñán is professor/researcher of Humanities and Media at Universidad Panamericana, General Coordinator for the Universidad Panamericana Open University, member of the Board of Trustees of the General Semantics Institute, Vice-President Elect of the Media Ecology Association, and member of the Asociación Filosófica de México, and the International Communication Association. She is the author of a number of articles and book chapters, on topics related to Marshall McLuhan, Aristotle, metaphysics, ethics and media. She is the author of Formal Cause in Marshall McLuhan’s Thinking: An Aristotelian Perspective (2022, IGS).

    Mauro Ventola is the Founder and President of the “Center for Ontological Transformation”, an institution that intends to promote the critical refoundation of transformationality in existential ontology, and creator of transformational ontophenomenology. Previously he was Director of the Center for Psychosynthesis in Naples from 2017 to 2020, and member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Psychosynthesis founded by Roberto Assagioli. He graduated in Philosophy at the University of Naples Federico II with a thesis in Bioeducational Sciences, furthering his education at the Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies (IISF). He has devoted his entire research to the realm of transformation from an ontological-existential point of view, publishing about twenty books, including: L’Esperienza Transpersonale [The Transpersonal Experience] (with Sergio Guarino, Integral Transpersonal Institute, 2021), L’Orizzonte di un Mondo Nuovo [The Horizon of a New World] (with Alberto Alberti, L.;UOMO, 2020), and Al Cuore della Questione [At the Heart of the Matter] (with Marco Guzzi, Nuova Era, 2020), Il Coraggio di Volere [The Courage to Want] (Institute of Psychosynthesis, 2019). He is the author of numerous articles in specialized journals, including the Journal of the Italian Society of Therapeutic Psychosynthesis (SIPT), the Journal of the Italian Institute for the Future (IIF) and in the Integral Transpersonal Journal (ITJ). He has lectured in various contexts, including the Integral Transpersonal Institute (ITI), the International Institute of Educational Psychosynthesis (IIPE), the European Transpersonal Association (EUROTAS) and the University of Florence.

    • 1 May 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park S, New York, NY 10003

    The Institute of General Semantics


    The New York Society for General Semantics

    Are Proud to Present a Screening of

    Man on a Mission

    A Film By

    Dina Bruno Ciborowski


    Robert Albrecht

    Man on a Mission (2023) tells the remarkable story of Carmine Tabone whose lifelong mission was to explore the innovative uses of the arts and play in the education and socialization of children. As we entered more deeply into the electronic revolution, Tabone uncovered multiple ways in which the arts and play could be used as media to motivate the development of oral communication, literacy, and social interaction. The video focuses primarily on Tabone’s work as founder and director of a day camp in Jersey City where he and his staff of artists and educators created an oral environment as a means of counter-balancing the power and prestige of electronic media.

    Tabone’s approach to education—part theory, part praxis—can be appreciated as a practical application of ideas postulated by both Marshall McLuhan and Neil Postman who understood the critical need for counter-environments in the electronic age.

    Engaging, hopeful, and joyous… What a force. All so impressive. The unmitigated joy, happiness, and outstanding creative expression on the faces of the children not to mention the spillover into their lives was a revelation. I found myself singing, swinging my arms, and dancing to the infectiousness of it all.

         —Teri McLuhan, author and filmmaker

    The film is the epitome of Postman's call for loving resistance fighters.

         —Lance Strate, IGS President & Professor of Communication & Media Studies, Fordham University

    I can honestly say that I use Educational Arts strategies every day. It helps my children become deeper thinkers, it helps them identify with characters and situations in stories, it increases their comprehension. The writing pieces that follow, the judgement pieces we can do, all enhance our curriculum’s focus.

         —Danielle Chiaro (Jersey City Middle School Teacher)

    A Q&A session featuring Robert Albrecht and Carmine Tabone will follow the screening.

    About the Directors:

    Robert Albrecht is the current President of the Media Ecology Association and served briefly at Arts Editor of ETC. Albrecht began his work with Carmine Tabone and the Educational Arts Team/Camp Liberty at the same time he began his doctoral work in Media Ecology at New York University with Neil Postman. “Neil’s ideas obviously influenced my work with children and the arts just as my work with Carmine influenced all my subsequent media ecology scholarship.” For 40 years, Albrecht worked as a musician and workshop leader in Jersey City schools and at the Camp. He is also the author of numerous children’s plays that were produced on stage at Camp Liberty. Along with Mr. Tabone, Albrecht is the author of The Arts and Play as Educational Media in the Digital Age (2020), winner of the Media Ecology Association’s prestigious Susanne Langer Award.

    Dina Bruno Ciborowski began her professional life doing improvisation theater in New York City but came to the realization that her background with improv, acting games and role play could be used more profitably to work magic in the primary school classroom. Suddenly students who were bored and detached from schooling were engaged and active participants in the learning experience. Over the past two decades, her creative work with children in Jersey City has included supervising a teen arts program, the co-creation of a number of plays, skits and puppet shows, and continued work with the art and drama techniques that act as powerful tools cultivating literacy, teaching life lessons and supporting social and emotional learning. Dina died in October of 2023 shortly after completing this film. She is missed by everyone who knew her smile, laughter, dedication and insight.

    Registration is free. All attendees must be registered in order to gain admittance to the club. This includes any guests you might want to bring with you.

    The program will take place in the Dining Hall on the 1st floor of the club. Please note that, as an historic 19th century landmark, the site is not handicap accessible. Dress code is business casual and is strictly enforced, including no sneakers, shorts, ripped jeans, t-shirts).

    • 25 Jul 2024
    • 27 Jul 2024
    • The October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester St, London, UK, WC1N 3AL

    Navigating the Now: 

    A Guide to Recognizing

    What Is Going On

    A 3-Day In-Person

    General Semantics Seminar

    July 25-27


    The map is not the territory, the word is not the thing it describes. Whenever the map is confused with the territory, a ‘semantic disturbance’ is set up in the organism. The disturbance continues until the limitation of the map is recognized.

    Alfred Korzybski, Science and Sanity

    Korzybski’s study of language, perception, and consciousness provides us with some of the most essential and least recognized theories and methods to make sense of this era in which communication has become polarizing, and media is stirring the storm of confusion.

    General semantics is the name of the tradition of inquiry into language, thought, and abstracting that Korzybski founded. Join the Institute of General Semantics (based in New York City) in London, UK, for three days of theory and practical application, story and experiential learning, via an in-person seminar on general semantics and related non-aristotelian systems. The 3-day intensive course will include lecture, discussion, and exercises designed to provide participants with a thorough grounding in the discipline and its applications.

    For those unfamiliar with general semantics, the seminar will provide a comprehensive introduction to the tradition and its 21st century evolution. For those already familiar with the non-aristotelian approach, the course will provide reinforcement, enrichment, and an updating and expansion of the discipline. And for those interested in and/or involved in teaching, the seminar will provide useful guidance on pedagogy related to topics such as language, symbolic communication, thought and behavior, and epistemology and evaluation.

    During the seminar, we will explore how unexamined language behaviors perpetuate misperceptions of past and present controversies in professional and personal spaces. And we will determine which language and listening behaviors respect the infinite worth of each person in the interaction.

    The seminar leaders will include four trustees of the Institute of General Semantics: 

    Lance Strate, Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, President of the Institute of General Semantics, and author of 10 books including Media Ecology: An Approach to Understanding the Human Condition, and Concerning Communication: Epic Quests and Lyric Excursions Within the Human Lifeworld.

    Mary P. Lahman, Professor Emerita of Communication Studies at Manchester University, Trustee of the Institute of General Semantics, ECHO Certified Listening Practitioner, and author of Awareness and Action: A Travel Companion.

    Nora Bateson, President of the International Bateson Institute, Trustee of the Institute of General Semantics, Creator of Warm Data and the Warm Data labs, complexity/systems teacher, filmmaker, artist, and author of Small Arcs of Larger Circles, and Combining.

    Dom Heffer, East Yorkshire-based artist, Trustee of the Institute of General Semantics, Art Editor of the journal ETC: A Review of General Semantics, founding member of Feral Art School, and previously associated with The Estate of Francis Bacon, 2021 Visual Arts Centre, Ferens Art Gallery, Cultural Olympiad 2012, and UK City of Culture 2017.

    The seminar will be held over 3 full days (9 AM to 5 PM) on July 25th to 27th in London, UK, at the October Gallery

    The seminar fee is $500 for IGS members, $600 for non-members, and will cover the cost of course materials. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation, room, and board.

    We will try to accommodate everyone interested in attending the seminar, but space will necessarily will be limited, so register early to insure your participation!

    • 20 Sep 2024
    • 22 Sep 2024
    • The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park S, New York, NY 10003

    Registration is for 

    In-Person Attendance ONLY

    Click Here for the Call for Papers

    All IGS Members in Good Standing Will Receive Instructions on How to Livestream the Event Online Prior to the AKML

    The 72nd Annual 

    Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture

    and the Symposium on



    and Culture

    September 20th-22nd, 2024

    Co-Sponsored by the New York Society for General Semantics

    the International Bateson Institute

    the Media Ecology Association

    the Tomkins Institute

    and the 404 Festival of Art and Technology


    Maryann Wolf

    Dr. Maryann Wolf is a scholar, teacher, and advocate for children and literacy around the world. She is the Director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at the University of California Los Angeles in the School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA and the former John DiBiaggio Professor of  Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. She has authored over 170 scientific publications; Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain (15 translations; HarperCollins, 2007); Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2016); and Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital Culture (12 translations; HarperCollins, 2018). She is co-author with Martha Denckla of the RAN/RAS naming speed tests, a universal predictor of dyslexia, and the creator of the RAVE-O Intervention Program for all struggling readers. She has received multiple awards for her contributions to the neuroscience of reading; the major awards from the International Dyslexia Association and the Einstein Award from the Dyslexia Foundation for her dyslexia research; and the Media Ecology Association's Walter Ong Award for Career Achievement in Scholarship for her work on the effects of different media on the intellectual development of the species. Most recently, she was elected a permanent member of the Pontifical Academy of Science.

    Dr. Wolf's Korzybski Lecture is entitled:

    Deep Reading in a Digital Milieu:

    The Beauty, the Threats, and Choice

    This lecture will use research from cognitive neuroscience to present an evolving portrait of the reading brain in a digital world, where the threat of continuous distraction competes with the perception of beauty and meaning in written language. An understanding of how different media shape and influence the development and use of deep reading processes will be used to discuss the antidote of choice by the reader, as well as the potential repercussions for our society and democracy.

    The lecture, dinner, and symposium are being held at the historic Players Club in Gramercy Park, Manhattan. 

    Registration is free for IGS members and their guests, but all attendees must be registered in advance in order to gain admittance to the club. More information regarding the dinner and symposium schedule will be made available at a later date.

    Please note that as an historic 18th century landmark, the site is not handicap accessible. Dress code is business casual and is strictly enforced, including no sneakers, shorts, ripped jeans, t-shirts).

Past events

4 Mar 2024 Language and Thought Online Course
15 Feb 2024 Michelle Shocked & bluerace In Concert
12 Dec 2023 "I Feel, Therefore I Am": Reviewing the Thought and Work of Silvan Tomkins
22 Nov 2023 The Calculus as A Psychological Tool
27 Oct 2023 AKML and Symposium
16 Oct 2023 So You Want to Change the World? A Hitchhiker's Guide to Subversive Thinking
18 Sep 2023 Comprehending & Minimizing Interpersonal Conflict: An Adaptation of Laing, Philipson, & Lee’s Interpersonal Perception Method
7 Aug 2023 Language and Thought Online Course
19 Jun 2023 General Semantics Seminar
25 May 2023 Some Perspective on the Perspective of Communication and Media Revolutions
29 Apr 2023 Ecologies of Mind, Media, and Meaning 2 Symposium
25 Apr 2023 Film Screening: The Frontier Gandhi
26 Mar 2023 General Semantics and Epistemics: The Science-Art of Innovating
21 Feb 2023 EmpathyA is not EmpathyB is not EmpathyC
31 Jan 2023 What is Warm Data?
12 Dec 2022 Metaphors and Definitions: A General Semantics Look at the Language of Pain, Addiction, and the Opioid Epidemic
11 Nov 2022 Challenging Some Common-Sense Notions About Language
28 Oct 2022 The Issue of Is: A Commentary on the Case Against the Verb “To Be”
7 Oct 2022 AKML and Symposium
29 Sep 2022 How to Improve Your Thinking and Communicating Ability Using General Semantics
21 Sep 2022 The Map is Not the Territory
25 Jun 2022 Science, Sanity, and the Semantic Environment II: An Online Symposium
6 Apr 2022 Totem and Taboo in Contemporary Talk
1 Oct 2021 AKML and Symposium

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