Balvant K. Parekh Received the 2011 J. Talbot Winchell Award on 28 October 2011

The Executive Committee of the Institute of General Semantics selected Balvant K. Parekh to receive the 2011 J. Talbot Winchell Award, a prize that goes to individuals for outstanding contributions and services to the field of general semantics. The award was presented during the annual Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture on 28 October 2011 at the Princeton Club in New York . Mr. Parekh could not attend the function due to ill health. Professor Prafulla Kar received the Award on his behalf and read out his Acceptance Speech. Mr. Devkumar Trivedi, Member, Board of Trust was also present in the ceremony. Dr. Kar and Mr. Trivedi presented papers titled “The Humanities in a Digital Age” and “Window-View” respectively in the Symposium organized by the Institute of General Semantics , USA as a sequel to the Korzybski Memorial Lecture.

 The 59th Annual Alfred Korzbyski Lecture/Symposium Weekend

A Report by Martin Levinson, President, The Institute of General Semantics

      The 59th Annual Alfred Korzybski Lecture/Symposium weekend was a huge success, with over 100 people in attendance at the Princeton Club on October 28th for MIT-Professor Sherry Turkle’s keynote speech “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other.” Before Professor Turkle’s talk the J. Talbot Winchell Award, which was given this year to Balvant K. Parekh and accepted by IGS trustee Prafulla Kar, and the Hayakawa Book Prize, which went to Bruce I. Kodish for his book Korzybski: A Biography, were presented. After the talk Professor Turkle signed copies of her new book, which has the same title as her presentation, for those wishing to purchase it.

      The following day symposium goers heard eighteen general-semantics-related presentations: such as The Influence of General Semantics on Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Korzybski’s Legacy: What is It? How Do We Carry it on?, The Canvas is not the Territory, and The Humanities in the Digital Age. Bruce Kodish’s Korzybksi biography, Gerald Haslam’s new book In Thought and Action (a biography of S. I. Hayakawa), Lance Strate’s new work On the Binding Biases of Time, and Corey Anton’s new tome Communication Uncovered: General Semantics and Media Ecology were among the books for sale at the symposium.  

      The final day of the AKML lecture/symposium included a panel presentation titled Korzybski Goes to College: General Semantics and Interdisciplinary Education and a roundtable discussion on Whither General Semantics. All conference attendees received a handsome IGS tote bag and desk folder and the new Continuing Education Guide to Teaching General Semantics authored by Martin H. Levinson. Student volunteers from Manhattan College assisted in the AKML-registration process and staffed the book-selling table. Manhattan College students also did the videotaping for the conference. That videotape can be seen at the Institute of General Semantics web site (www.generalsemantics.org).