NEWS AND NOTES.
IGS board members Lance Strate and Thom Gencarelli were part of a plenary session titled 40 Years of Crazy Talk, Stupid Talk, which took place at the 74th Annual Conference of the New York State Communication Association from October 14-16 at Callicoon, NY.
The 64th Annual Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture/symposium was held on October 21-23 at the Princeton Club in New York City. Dr. Iain McGilchrist gave the featured presentation at the event, a talk titled The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World. Before his lecture, Deepa Mishra was presented with the 2016 Hayakawa Book Prize for her book General Semantics: A Critical Companion and Bini B.S. received the 2016 J. Talbot Winchell Award for her many contributions in service to general semantics. Thirty speakers from seven countries and a myriad of professions took part at the AKML symposium, which was held on October 22 and 23.
Frank J. Scardilli, an IGS Honorary Trustee and longtime friend of general semantics, passed away on October 6, 2016 at the age of 96. Frank was a Yale Law School graduate, Fulbright scholar, and adjunct professor at the Cardozo School of Law. A veteran mediator with the U.S. Court of Appeals (he was the longest serving Appellate Court mediator for the Court of Appeals Second Circuit), Frank had a passion for the law. He also had a passion for general semantics and spoke and wrote about GS many times through his long life. Frank's generosity of spirit, fondness for people and world cultures, and desire to improve humanity through conscious time-binding were hallmarks of his
personality. With Frank's passing, a light has gone out but the positive example he leaves for those he came into contact with will last forever.
The 65th Annual Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture/symposium was held on October 27-29 at the Princeton Club in New York City. Terrance P. Moran, Professor of Media Ecology in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, presented the 65th AKML lecture. The title of his lecture was Politics 2017: Crazy Talk, Stupid Talk. The lecture was preceded with the awarding of the Samuel I. Hayakawa Book Prize to legendary Tom Wolfe. The legendary author gave a very gracious and heartfelt acceptance speech and talked about his new book The Kingdom of Speech.
The NYSGS has continued its busy schedule of activities throughout 2017 including two events in March--one on science fiction, language, and general semantics; and the other a reading and conversation with Nora Bateson. In September of 2017, NYSGS President, Lance Strate, provided a reading and conversation around his newest work, Media Ecology: an Approach to Understanding the Human Condition. October saw the topic turn to "Words, Mind and Magic" with mentalist Mark Salem. November's presentation was on "Dark Nets and Disruptive Practices"; and December of 2017 focused on play, learning, and language.
More information about NYSGS activities can be found on their website at <www.nysgs.org>.