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AKML and Symposium

  • 1 Oct 2021
  • 6:00 PM
  • 3 Oct 2021
  • 1:00 PM
  • The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park S, New York, NY 10003


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The 69th Annual 

Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture

October 1st, 2021

Co-Sponsored by the New York Society for General Semantics

and the Media Ecology Association


Siva Vaidhyanathan

A cultural historian, media scholar, and lecturer, Siva Vaidhyanathan speaks on the impact of digitalization on society and democracy. In his speeches, he  encourages audiences to consider how technology like Google and social media shape the way we think, and what we can do to foster a new Internet ecosystem designed to benefit the whole world. At the University of Virginia, Siva serves as the Robertson Professor of Media Studies and the director of the Center for Media and Citizenship. He is a frequent contributor on media and cultural issues on public radio shows and news programs, notably BBC, CNN and NBC. Siva has authored several books, including Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2018). His articles have appeared in The New YorkerThe New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Guardian and The Nation.

Making Meaning through Facebook:

A Semantic and Visual-Culture Tour

Through Social Media

The AKML will be followed by the

Symposium on Science, Sanity, and the Semantic Environment

October 2nd-3rd, 2021

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Please note that the lecture, dinner, and symposium are being held at a new location, the historic Players Club in Gramercy Park, Manhattan. In keeping with current requirements, all attendees must be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination to gain admittance to the club. Masks may also be required (when not eating or drinking).

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).

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