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Newly Expanded Audio Collection: The 1948 Summer Seminar-Workshop, Featuring More Alfred Korzybski and Irving J. Lee Lectures, Douglas Kelley, Irving, J. Lee, Harry Holtzman, and More

28 Dec 2021 3:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

In 1948, the Institute of General Semantics hosted a Summer Seminar-Workshop at Millbrook School in New York. In 2020, IGS released over 15 hours of digitized audio recordings from that course.

After uncovering more audio recordings from the course, including several lectures by Alfred Korzybski and additional lecturing by Irving J. Lee, today IGS announces the release of "version 2.0" for the audio collection. This newly expanded collection contains 37 additional audio files, totaling around 24 hours of audio from the 1948 Summer Seminar-Workshop.  This expanded collection is now available for listening and download from the IGS Store.

The recordings reflect a wide range of speakers, general semantics lessons, and teacher-student interactions. They were digitized and enhanced in 2020-2021 from reels rescued from the Institute of General Semantics archives.

Included with the MP3 album of 62 audio files is the Listener's Guide for IGS 1948 Summer Seminar-Workshop by Ben Hauck, which meticulously brings together archival information about the course -- from its planning to names of those in attendance, and more.

In addition to Alfred Korzybski lecturing on a wide range of topics in the seminar portion of the retreat, and introducing Douglas Kelley at a point, the following general semantics lecturers speak in the recordings on these subjects and others:

  • Stuart Chase - House on Un-American Activities
  • William Exton, Jr. - Audio-Visual Aids, Maps, Non-Verbal Symbols
  • Harry Holtzman - Visual Art; Abstract Art
  • Douglas Kelley - Work of Adelbert Ames, Jr., Psychiatry, Structure, Function of the Human Nervous System, Conditioned Reflexes; On Magic; Prejudice, and Question & Answer Session
  • M. Kendig - Introduction to Allen Walker Read; Neuro-Linguistic, Neuro-Semantic Environments on Teaching and Writing General Semantics
  • Irving J. Lee - Statements of Fact, Inferencing; Question & Answer Session
  • Allen Walker Read - Semantic Guide
  • Sam Rosen - Using General Semantics in Medical Situations

Approximate Running Time: ~24 hours

These audio recordings and listener's guide complement the motion picture produced during the 1948 course:

This audio collection is available as a downloadable ZIP file including 62 MP3 audio files and a listener's guide PDF with photographs.

NOTE: The ZIP file is 270MB, a large file. You have 4 days from the moment of purchase to complete the download, and 4 attempts to succeed.  Only order when you have enough time to download the file to a computer or external hard drive with enough space. To open the ZIP, you may need to extract the contents of the ZIP file with additional free software.

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