Australian General Semantics Society Inc.



Robert's trip to New York
for the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture (AKML)
and Symposium

Princeton Club
15 W. 43 Street
New York City

25 October - 6 November 2012



I was privileged to attend the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture (AKML) on Friday evening, and the Symposium on Saturday and Sunday.  It was a great experience for me, and certainly a boost for the AGS liaison with our parent organisation, the Institute of General Semantics (IGS).  

Friday, October 26

5:30-6:30 PM Registration, Happy Hour, Bar

6:30-8:00 PM AKML Dinner and Awards Presentations

8:00 PM The Sixtieth Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture:
Fool Me Twice: Fighting America's Assault on Science
   Shawn Lawrence Otto    See more of this at

Saturday, October 27

8:00-9:00 AM Registration and Breakfast

9:00-10:15 PM GS: Social and Psychological Considerations
   Moderator: Martin H. Levinson

General Semantics and Sexuality: Intimate Applications
   Valerie V. Peterson—Grand Valley State University

Sermons from Heaven and Emails from Hell: Religious Rhetoric, Race, and Politics
   Eberly Mareci—Marymount Manhattan College

Language, Mental Maps And Emotional Adjustment—A Clinical Case Study On General
     Semantics And Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
   Fabian Agiurgioaei Boie—Albert Ellis Institute

10:15-11:00 AM GS and Photography: Making the Familiar Unfamiliar
   Katherine Liepe-Levinson—Tour de Force Photography
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11:00-11:30 AM Refreshment Break

11:30-1:00 PM General Semantics Around the World
   Moderator: Corey Anton

General Semantics Downunder
   Robert James—Australian General Semantics Society
   RJ presentation text and images
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Symbols at the Edge of Time: Time Binding and the Cosmology of Australia's Aborigines
   Ed Tywoniak—Saint Mary's College of California

Awareness and Action: A General Semantics Approach to Effective Language Behavior
   Mary P. Laham—Manchester University

Midlevel Abstracting: The Underserved Zone of General Semantics
   Richard Fiordo—University of North Dakota

1:00 PM-2:30 PM Lunch

2:30-3:45 PM General Semantics and Media Perspectives
   Moderator: Jacqueline Rudig

General Semantics and Youtube Vlogging
   Corey Anton—Grand Valley State University
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General Semantics and Media Theory
   Thom Gencarelli—Manhattan College
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The Tedium is the Message: Communicating and Creating with New Social Media
    Robert Blechman—Independent Scholar
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3:45-4:30 PM In Thought and Action: The Life of S. I. Hayakawa
   Gerald Haslam—Sonoma State University
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4:30-5:00 PM Refreshment Break

5:00-6:30 PM A GS Potpourri
   Moderator: Martin H. Levinson

How Should I Know?: Using GS to Contend with the New Writing
   Philip Vassallo—Communications Professional

Naming Names and the Bearer of Names
   Zhebin Sun—Fairleigh Dickinson University

The General Semantics of Yoga: Toward a General Theory of Semantic Reactions
   Blake Seidenshaw—Columbia University Teachers College

A Coherent General Theory of Biology
   C. A. Hilgartner—Hilgartner & Associates

Sunday, October 30

8:00 - 9:00 AM: Breakfast

9:00 -10:00 AM: New Scholars
   Moderator: Martin H. Levinson

Post Education: Self-Transformation in the Post-Institutional Age
   Blake Seidenshaw—Columbia University Teachers College
   Chris Moffett—Columbia University Teachers College
   Patrick Scanlon—Columbia University Teachers College

General Semantics and War Trauma
   Michael Kim
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10:00-10-30 AM Refreshment Break

10:30 AM-1 PM How to Teach General Semantics
A consideration of the writings of Sanford Berman on How to Teach General Semantics
   Martin H. Levinson, IGS President, Moderator of The Symposium




(Updated by RJ 23/11/2012)

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