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AKML & Symposium

  • 20 Sep 2024
  • 22 Sep 2024

The NYSGS is a proud co-sponsor of the annual

Alfred Koryzbski Memorial Lecture and Symposium

Please Note that Registration is for 

In-Person Attendance ONLY

All IGS Members in Good Standing Will Receive Instructions on How to Livestream the Event Online Prior to the AKML

The 72nd Annual 

Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture

September 20th, 2024

Co-Sponsored by the

New York Society for General Semantics

International Bateson Institute

Media Ecology Association

Tomkins Institute

and the 404 Festival of Art and Technology


Maryann Wolf

Dr. Maryann Wolf is a scholar, teacher, and advocate for children and literacy around the world. She is the Director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at the University of California Los Angeles in the School of Education and Informa-tion Studies at UCLA and the former John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. She has authored over 170 scientific publica-tions; Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain; (15 translations; HarperCol-lins, 2007); Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2016); and >Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital Culture;(12 translations; HarperCollins, 2018). She is co-author with Martha Denckla of the RAN/RAS naming speed tests, a universal predictor of dyslexia, and the creator of the RAVE-O Inter-vention Program for all struggling readers. She has received multiple awards for her contributions to the neuroscience of reading; the major awards from the International Dyslexia Association and the Einstein Award from the Dyslexia Foundation for her dyslexia research; and the Media Ecology Association's Walter Ong Award for Career Achievement in Scholarship for her work on the effects of different media on the intellectual development of the species. Most recently, she was elected a permanent member of the Pontifical Academy of Science.

Dr. Wolf's Korzybski Lecture is entitled:

Deep Reading in a Digital Milieu:

The Beauty, the Threats, and Choice

This lecture will use research from cognitive neuroscience to present an evolving portrait of the reading brain in a digital world, where the threat of continuous distraction competes with the perception of beauty and meaning in written language. An understanding of how different media shape and influence the development and use of deep reading processes will be used to discuss the antidote of choice by the reader, as well as the potential repercussions for our society and democracy.

The AKML will be followed by our






September 21st-22nd, 2024

Send inquiries regarding participation to president@generalsemantics.org

by August 18th, 2024

 We welcome papers and proposals that fit the symposium theme of Communication, Consciousness, and Culture, or that otherwise relate to the topics of general semantics, linguistics and semiotics, communication and culture, media ecology, science and the empirical  method, epistemology and phenomenology, cybernetics and systems theory, technology and society, art and perception, cognition and consciousness, evolution and emergence, health and human potential, etc.

The lecture, dinner, and symposium are being held at the historic Players Club in Gramercy Park, Manhattan. 

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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