BERTRAND RUSSELL SOCIETY
1990 ANNUAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES
June 22 and 23, 1990
(from the August RSN #67)
The 1990 Annual Meeting of The Bertrand Russell Society, Inc. Board
of Directors was held in two sessions on June 22 and June 23 in the
floor lounge of Wallingford Hall on the campus of McMaster University in
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Friday. June 22, 1990
The meeting was called to order at 9:51 p.m. by Chairman Marvin
Kohl. The following Board Members were present throughout the session:
Robert K. Davis, Dennis J. Darland, Lee Eisler, Donald W. Jackanicz,
Marvin Kohl, Gladys Leithauser, John R. Lenz, Steve Maragides, Stephen
J. Reinhardt, Michael J. Rockler, and Harry Ruja. Board Member Kenneth
Blackwell arrived after the session began.
Chairman Kohl announced that the BRS will sponsor a session at
the December 27-30, 1990 annual meeting of the American Philosophical
Association in Boston. Mr. Maragides moved that incumbent officers be
reelected. This notion wee carried unanimously. (Reelected officers are
as follows: Marvin Kohl, Board Chairman; Donald W. Jackanicz, Board
Secretary; Michael J. Rockler, President; John R. Lenz, Vice President;
Lee Eisler, Vice President/Information; Donald W. Jackanicz, Society
Secretary: Dennis J. Darland, Treasurer.)
Mr. Rockler reported on tentative plans for a 1991 annual meeting
in Evanston, Illinois on the campus of National-Louis University. Mr.
moved that the 1991 annual meeting be held in Evanston. This notion was
carried unanimously. It was later agreed that the meeting dates would be
Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23, 1991.
Mr. Maragides moved that the 1992 annual meeting be held in the
Chicago area, preferably at Northwestern University in Evanston,
Although this motion was. seconded, no vote was taken. Discussion ensued
on possible 1992 meeting sites, most notably the San Francisco area. It
was informally agreed that BRS member Timothy J. Madigan would contact
San Francisco area universities, including San Francisco State
University, to determine what might be possible.
Discussion turned to the proposal of publishing annual meeting
proceedings. Mr. Rockler moved that a trial procedure be instituted for
annual meeting in which participants would be requested to provide a two
page presentation summary to be distributed at the meeting and to be
published in the newsletter following the meeting. This motion was
carried with a vote of Yes-10, No-1 (Mr. Reinhardt), Absent-l (Mr.
Attention then turned to awards. Ms. Leithauser and Mr. Jackanicz
were commended for their work on the 1990 Book Award. Mr. Davis stated
that awardees should preferably be selected from the locality of the
meeting site to increase the possibility that they may be able to attend
the meeting. Mr. Ruja suggested, but did not make a motion, that
Christie Heffner be nominated for the 1991 BRS Award for her work
relating to the candid consideration of the sexual aspects of life.
After discussion, Mr. Ruja withdrew his suggestion. Mr. Rockler asked
for clarification of membership on award committees and clearer
procedures for awardee selections. Mr. Reinhardt commented on the need
for documentation and accountability of award committee choices.
Although Mr. Rockler began to put forth a motion relating to the Board
reformulating the criteria for systematic awardee selection, time
considerations forced further consideration of this subject to be
Mr. Blackwell then described the Russell Archives’ need to locate
funding for the publication of a catalogue of the second Russell
archives, which is completed in camera-ready copy. He requested that the
Board consider the possibility of the BRS funding one-half of the
publication cost. It was agreed that further discussion on this subject
would be deferred.
BRS member Benito Rey suggested that the BRS send messages of
support to recently reformed countries, such as those in Eastern Europe.
was agreed that discussion on this suggestion would be deferred. The
meeting was recessed at 11:50 p.m.
Sunday. June 25, 1990
The meeting was reconvened by Chairman Kohl at 10:55 a.m. The
following Board members were present throughout the session: Kenneth
Blackwell, Robert K. Davis, Dennis J. Darland, Lee Eisler, Donald W.
Jackanicz, Marvin Kohl, Gladys Leithauser, John R. Lenz, Steve
Maragides, Stephen J. Reinhardt, and Michael J. Rockler.
Mr. Rockler moved the following: That 1) the Chairman of the
Board of Directors appoint the chairman and six other members of the BRS
Committee from the BRS membership; 2) nominations for the BRS Award be
solicited each year from the BRS membership through the Newsletter; 3)
nominations be sent to the BRS Award Committee Chairman who will
coordinate the Committee’s selection of up to three nominations to be
submitted to the Board of Directors; 4) the Board of Directors vote on
the nominations; and 5) the BRS Award Committee Chairman rank the
results of the voting and with the Committee choose the awardee. This
motion was carried with a vote of Yes-10, Abstain-1 (Mr. Jackanicz).
Mr. Reinhardt moved the following: that the Society create a fund
of $3.500 over a period of two years by a budgetary allotment of $1,000
year and by specific fund-raising in the Russell Society News
which fund will be available during 1991 as a loan to the Bertrand
Russell Archives of McMaster University to the extent that it is matched
by McMaster for the purpose of printing and publishing the work by
Kenneth Blackwell and Carl Spadoni known as A Detailed Catalogue of the Second Archives of Bertrand Russell
on the condition that the Bertrand Russell Society be fully and
in the work, that the loan be repaid as a first liability upon sales of
the work, and that copies be available at a substantial discount to
members of the Society. This motion was carried unanimously.
Discussion returned to Benito Rey’s suggestion made the preceding
day. Mr. Rockler moved that Vice President Lenz gather information
on Eastern European universities to determine which institutions the BRS
may wish to contact concerning Bertrand Russell and the Bertrand
Russell Society. This notion was carried unanimously. The meeting was
adjourned at 11:23 p.m.
BERTRAND RUSSELL SOCIETY
1990 ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING MINUTES
Saturday, June 23, 1990
President Rockler chaired the Society Business Meeting, which began at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 1990.
Robert K. Davis moved that the 1989 Annual Meeting minutes not be
read; this motion was unanimously carried. Treasurer Dennis J. Darland
reported that as of the morning of June 23, 1990 the Treasury balance
was U.S. $4,873.67. Kenneth Blackwell reminded attendees that the
McMaster University Bookstore was open and that a tour of the Russell
Archives was scheduled. Robert K. Davis asked for information on foreign
group membership in India and Caribbean areas. It was agreed that this
subject would be considered at a later time.
At 10:55 a.m., Robert K. Davis then moved that the Society
Business Meeting be ended and that the second session of the 1990 Annual
of the Board of Directors be begun; this notion was unanimously carried.
(See above for minutes of the second Directors Meeting.)
BERTRAND RUSSELL SOCIETY
1990 ANNUAL MEETING REPORT
June 22-24, 1990
(from the August 1990 RSN # 67)
The 1990 Annual Meeting of The Bertrand Russell Society, Inc. was
held from June 22 to June 24 on the campus of McMaster University in
Hamilton, Ontario Canada. Except as noted, events took place in the
first floor lounge of Wallingford Hall.
Friday, June 22, 1990
The meeting was called to order at 7:43 p.m. by President Michael
J. Rockler. After welcoming remarks, President Rockler introduced BRS
Book Award Committee Chair Gladys Leithauser, who presented the 1990 BRS
Book Award to Elizabeth Ramsden Eames for Bertrand Russell’s Dialogue with His Contemporaries.
Ms. Eames then addressed the meeting on “Russell on Women.” Following a
short break, Lee Eisler presented his paper. “The History of the
Bertrand Russell Society.” The meeting was recessed at 9:45 p.m.
The first session of the 1990 Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors was then held. (See “BRS 1990 Annual Board of Directors
Meeting Minutes” above.)
Saturday, June 23, 1990
In the absence of President Rockler, Board of Directors Chairman
Marvin Kohl reconvened the meeting at 9 a.m. Chairman Kohl proceeded to
conduct a workshop titled “Russell’s Theory of Rational Love.”
After a short break, President Rockler chaired the Society Business Meeting. (See “BRS 1990 Annual Members Meeting
The Society Business Meeting ended at 10:55 and the second
session of the 1990 Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors began. (See
Directors Meeting Minutes for Minutes of this second meeting.)
With the beginning of the Board session, the general meeting was
in effect recessed at 10:55 a.m. After the Board session, all meeting
participants were directed to the Bertrand Russell Archives in the Mills
Memorial Library for a tour conducted by Kenneth Blackwell and Sheila
Turcon and the opportunity to view exhibits of Russell manuscripts and
The meeting was reconvened by President Rockler at 1:45 p.m.
Chandrakala Padia presented her paper, “Understanding Russell: An
Essay in Interpreting Some Details of His Socio-Political
Thought.” President Rockler next read his paper, “Bertrand Russell and
Education: Katherine Tait’s Critique.” Following a short break, Joan
Houlding read her paper, “Platonic Themes in Russell’s Views on
Education.” Chandrakala Padia then reported on the Banaras Chapter of
the Bertrand Russell Society. The meeting was recessed at 5:05 p.m.
At 6:00 p.m. the Red Hackle Hour began in Wallingford Hall as a
prelude to the Banquet, which was held at 7 p.m. in the Refectory. After
meal President Rockler introduced Chairman Kohl, who presented the 1990
BRS Service Award to Kenneth Blackwell for his many contributions
furthering Bertrand Russell studies. Mr. Blackwell then briefly
addressed those assembled on his past and present archival work. In his
remarks, Chairman Kohl also praised Mr. Blackwell and
Sheila Turcon for their excellent planning of the Hamilton
meeting. As the principal Banquet speaker, Harry Ruja presented his
“Knowing and Feeling in Religion.” The meeting was recessed at 10:15
Sunday, June 24, 1990
The meeting was reconvened by President Rockler at 9 a.m. Donald
W. Jackanicz offered introductory comments about and moderated an
audience discussion of Russell’s book Religion and Science. After
a short break, Timothy Madigan read his paper. “Russell and Dewey on
Education: Similarities and Differences.” Thom Weidlich then presented
his paper “The Bertrand Russell/City College case: 1940.” Following
President Rockler’s closing remarks, the meeting was adjourned at 12:05
BERTRAND RUSSELL SOCIETY
1990 UNOFFICIAL SUMMARY OF THE ANNUAL MEETING
By Lee Eisler
McMaster University was the site, June 22-24, 1990 was the weekend.
And as we had come to expect – this being our 4th meeting at
McMaster – the physical facilities which McMaster provided were
excellent, this time in Wallingford Hall.
Members present: Stefan Andersson, Lynda Archer, Ken Blackwell,
Jacques Carbou, Whitfield Cobb, Jim Curtis, Dennis Darland, Bob Davis,
Linda Egendorf, Lee Eisler, Nick Griffin*, William Hare, Robert Hicks,
Don Jackanicz, Robert James, Marvin Kohl, Gladys Leithauser, John Lenz,
Tim Madigan, Steve Maragides, Ed McClenathan, Chandrakala Padia, Ray
Pontier, Steve Reinhardt, Benito Rey, Michael Rockler, Harry Ruja, Thom
Weidlich, and James Woodrow. *Enrolled at the meeting.
Non-member speakers present: Elizabeth Eames, Joan Houlding.
Other guests present: Betty and Lyman Flint, Doris and John Passmore,
Ray Pontier, Carl Spadoni, Sheila Turcon, Derek Watters.
The present BRS Officers were re-elected for another year:
Chairman, Marvin Kohl; President, Michael Rockler; Vice-President, John
Treasurer, Dennis Darland; Secretary, Don Jackanicz; VP/Information, Lee
Other decisions made during the Meeting.
The site and time of the 1991 Annual Meeting were chosen:
National-Louis University, Evanston, Illinois (where Michael Rockler
teaches), June 21-
2-page summaries – of papers to be presented at the 1991 Meeting – will be distributed at the Meeting, and published in the
A new procedure for selecting BRS Award recipients was decided on. Details in the Minutes.
Money will be made available to the Archives, to match money from
McMaster University, to publish a 2nd Archives catalog. Details in the
There was a Red Hackle Hour – Red Hackle was BR’s favorite brand of Scotch whiskey – followed by a banquet (very good !)
in the Refectory.
Events of the weekend included the presentation of two awards:
The BRS Service Award to Ken Blackwell, Archivist of the Russell Archives, “for his many contributions furthering Russell
The BRS Book Award to Elizabeth Ramsden Eames, “for her outstanding volume, Bertrand Russell’s Dialogue With His Contemporaries,”
… and these talks:
Elizabeth Eames on “Russell on Women.”
Lee Eisler’s “A History of the Bertrand Russell Society.”
Marvin Kohl’s Workshop, “Russell’s Theory of Rational Love.”
Chandrakala Padia’s “An Essay in Interpreting Some Details in Russell’s Socio-Political Thought.”
Michael Rockler’s “Bertrand Russell and Education, Katharine Tait’s Critique.”
Joan Houlding’s “Platonic Themes in Russell’s Views on Education.”
Harry Ruja’s “Knowing and Feeling in Religion.”
Don Jackanicz’s Discussion, “Religion and Science.”
Tim Madigan’ s “Russell and Dewey on Education, Similarities and Differences.”
Thom Weidlich’s “The Bertrand Russell/City College Cased, 1940.”
We will not attempt to summarize the talks, but are pleased to
report an innovation: the talks were taped (audio-taped) and will be
the BRS Library. Also, the papers that were read will be duplicated, and
bound into two identical volumes. One volume will go to the Russell
Archives, the other to the BRS Library. So you will be able to read ‘em
and hear ‘em. But not quite yet; we haven’t yet received all the papers
from their authors.
Start saving your pennies, to come to the 1991 meeting!