Event Calendar

    • 29 Nov 2022
    • 20 Dec 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Zoom

    The New York Society for General Semantics, in partnership with the Institute of General Semantics, is proud to announce our inaugural Non-Aristotelian Reading Circle. All are welcome to join! Are you new to general semantics? Are you a seasoned scholar, practitioner, or intellectually curious individual? Our meetings will be held virtually, via Zoom, on Tuesday nights from 7pm until 9pm EST. We encourage those with experience in general semantics thinking to bring along friends and colleagues new to the discipline in order to expand our reach.

    The Non-Aristotelian Reading Circle is proud to present a relative newcomer in the library of GS literature. Beginning November 9th, 2022, registered participants will join members of the New York Society for General Semantics and the Institute of General Semantics for a reading of Christopher Mayer's 2022 release "Dear Fellow Time Binder: Letters on General Semantics." The reading circle will conduct a total of five discussions covering the book’s 31 Letters, across the following schedule:

    November 8th               Letters 1 - 6

    November 15th             Letters 7 - 12

    November 29th             Letters 13 - 18

    December 13th             Letters 19 - 25

    December 20th             Letters 26 - 31

    For those interested in participating, we ask you to visit the New York Society for General Semantics homepage to register. 

    We will do our best to accommodate as many people as possible. We can’t wait to explore this classic work with all of you, so sign up right away.

    • 12 Dec 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Zoom

    The Institute of General Semantics will be offering the fourth installment of its online lecture series, this time featuring IGS Secretary Eva Berger. Please join us via Zoom on Monday, December 12th at 12 Noon EST for a talk on

    Metaphors and Definitions

    A General Semantics Look at

    the Language of Pain, Addiction,

     and the Opioid Epidemic

    The lecture will be held via Zoom. This event is free and open to the public, but registration via the IGS is required. Registrants will receive the Zoom link in advance of the lecture. To go to the IGS registration page, click on the link below:


    General semantics provides useful tools for understanding the relationship between illness, medicine, and language. This lecture concentrates on metaphors and on the general semantics concept of definitions and uses them to analyze some aspects of the opioid epidemic.

    Over the past few years, the discussion of opioids has undergone significant changes. The word “opioid” was once used mainly by doctors and pharmacists in the treatment of pain. But the extreme increase in their prescription and use (and abuse), has made the word common in public discourse.

    The Hulu series Dopesick is used for illustration of the greed and power of big pharma and their use of language as a key element in their role in the opioid epidemic. Their coining of terms such as “quasi-addiction” have been powerful tools in the manipulation of doctors, patients, and the FDA.

    Eva Berger teaches at the School of Media Studies, COMAS, in Israel, and serves as the Secretary of the Institute of General Semantics. She holds a Ph.D. in Media Ecology from New York University.  She is co-author of The Communication Panacea: Pediatrics and General Semantics, published by the IGS. Her latest book, Context Blindness: Digital Technology and the Next Stage of Human Evolution, was published by Peter Lang earlier this year.

Past events

30 Nov 2022 Massaging the Medium: An Evening with Adeena Karasick
11 Nov 2022 Challenging Some Common-Sense Notions About Language
28 Oct 2022 The Issue of Is: A Commentary on The Case Against the Verb “To Be”
31 May 2022 Non-Aristotelian Reading Circle: People in Quandaries
30 Dec 2021 Non-Aristotelian Reading Circle - Language in Thought and Action
21 Apr 2021 The Intimacy of Enemies: When Maps and Territories are in Conflict and What We Can Do About It
02 Dec 2020 General Semantics and All That Jazz
29 Oct 2020 The Election and the Semantic Environment
10 Oct 2020 The Semantic Environment in a Time of Uncertainty Symposium
09 Oct 2020 The 68th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture
18 Mar 2020 The Intimacy of Enemies: When Maps and Territories are in Conflict and What We Can Do about It
19 Feb 2020 What Would Korzbyski Say? A Panel Discussion
24 Jan 2020 The State of the Semantic Environment 2020
18 Dec 2019 Mediating the Sexes: Women, Technology & Work in American Narrative
20 Nov 2019 The Language of Poetry 3
16 Oct 2019 Politics and Public Discourse 2019: A Panel Discussion
12 Oct 2019 The Tyranny of Words Symposium
11 Oct 2019 The 67th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture & Dinner
18 Sep 2019 General Semantics & GIFs: A Panel Discussion on Symbols & Social Media
05 Jun 2019 The Medium of the Sidewalk: Holocaust Commemoration and Stolpersteine
01 May 2019 Shine the Light: A Presentation by Seamus Kelleher in Story and Song
12 Apr 2019 General Semantics as a Conversing Activity: A Book Reading and Talk by Martin H. Levinson
20 Mar 2019 Between Two Worlds: A Reading and Conversation with Vasu Varadhan
20 Feb 2019 Theatre and Translation: A Reading and Conversation With Robin Levenson
18 Jan 2019 The State of the Semantic Environment
19 Dec 2018 What is Sanity? And Have We Lost It?
28 Nov 2018 The Reformed English Curriculum Revisited 2
27 Oct 2018 Language and Meaning in the 21st Century Symposium
26 Oct 2018 The 66th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture & Dinner
03 Oct 2018 Political Talk and Political Drama: Election 2018
27 Jun 2018 Tom Wolfe, Man of Letters, Man of Words: A Panel Discussion
02 May 2018 Language, Symbol, and the Theatre
04 Apr 2018 The Language of Poetry 2
21 Feb 2018 Trauma: Semantic Reactions, Reflections, Retentions
26 Jan 2018 The Reformed English Curriculum Revisited
06 Dec 2017 Play, Learning, and Language: A Panel Discussion
03 Nov 2017 Dark Nets and Disruptive Practices
28 Oct 2017 Crazy Talk, Stupid Talk Symposium
27 Oct 2017 The 65th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture & Dinner
04 Oct 2017 Words, Mind and Magic
08 Sep 2017 Media Ecology and the Human Condition: A Reading and Conversation With Lance Strate
26 Apr 2017 Between Map and Territory: The Art of the Tour Guide
29 Mar 2017 Systems, Contexts, Frames, and Patterns: A Reading and Conversation With Nora Bateson
01 Mar 2017 Science Fiction, Language, and General Semantics
08 Feb 2017 Post-Truth, Alternate Facts, & Fake News
30 Nov 2016 Music-Lyrics-Language: Bob Dylan and the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature
26 Oct 2016 Political Talk and Political Drama Part 2
22 Oct 2016 Language in Thought and Action Symposium
21 Oct 2016 The 64th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture & Dinner
14 Oct 2016 New York State Communication Association Conference
28 Sep 2016 The Language of Poetry
09 Sep 2016 Political Talk and Political Drama: Election 2016
02 Jun 2016 NYSGS Meet-Up

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