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

20 Apr 2020 4:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

In 1948, the Institute of General Semantics hosted a Summer Seminar-Workshop at Millbrook School in New York. Over 15 hours of audio recordings from that course were recently digitized, and for the first time ever, the recordings are now available for listening and download from the IGS Store.

Recorded in August and September 1948, the recordings reflect a wide range of speakers, general semantics lessons, and teacher-student interactions. They were digitized and enhanced in 2020 from reels rescued from the Institute of General Semantics archives.

Included with the MP3 album of 25 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.

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
  • Alfred Korzybski - Introduction to Douglas Kelley
  • 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: >15 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 25 MP3 audio files and a listener's guide PDF with photographs.

Click here to order the 1948 Summer Seminar-Workshop Audio Collection »

NOTE: The ZIP file is 162MB, 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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