BRS 1992 Annual Meeting Minutes

BERTRAND RUSSELL SOCIETY

1992 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES (OFFICIAL)

June 12, 13, 1992

(from the August 1992 RSN – issue #75, pp. 12-15)

The Board of Directors of The Bertrand Russell Society, Inc. met in
two sessions on June 12 and June 13, 1992 in the Third Floor Lounge of
Centennial Hall on the campus of The American University in Washington,
DC.

Friday, June 12, 1992

The meeting was called to order at 10:25 p.m. by Chairman Marvin
Kohl. In addition to Chairman Kohl, the Directors in attendance were
Jack
Cowles, Dennis J. Darland, Lee Eisler, Donald W. Jackanicz, John A.
Jackanicz, Robert James, David Johnson, Gladys Leithauser, John Lenz,
Hugh Moorhead, Stephen J. Reinhardt, Michael J. Rockler, and Warren
Allen Smith.

Mr. Moorhead moved and it was unanimously accepted that all
incumbent officers be reelected for service during the forthcoming year.
The reelected officers are as follows:

Chairman of the Board of Directors-Marvin Kohl

President-Michael J. Rockler

Vice President-John Lenz

Vice President/Information-Lee Eisler

Secretary of the Board and Society-Donald Jackanicz

Treasurer-Dennis J. Darland.

Mr. Rockler moved and it was unanimously accepted that the 1993
Society Annual Meeting be held in San Diego from June 18 to June 20. Mr.

Rockler moved and it was unanimously accepted that the 1993 Bertrand
Russell Society Award be presented to Harry Ruja. Although no formal
motion was made, Mr. Rockler expressed his view that there should be a
two year lead time for planning annual meetings.

Mr. Lenz moved that (1) the doctoral and masters grant program be
abolished and (2) a competition be established for one or two annual
prizes for
the best paper(s) on a Russell-related subject, provided the awardee(s)
presents the paper(s) at the annual meeting, with there being an
undergraduate category and a young professionals category, and with the
prize to consist of a stipend, travel expenses to the annual meeting,
annual meeting registration, and a one year Society membership. This
motion was accepted with the following vote: Yes-8, No-0, Abstain-5, Not
Present-1. Chairman Kohl appointed John Lenz to chair a committee
responsible for administering the competition.

Mr. Rockler moved and it was unanimously accepted that the Society pay to the Russell Archives for members’ Russell
journal
subscriptions an additional (U.S.)$1.50 for 1993 and an additional
(U.S.)$1.50 + $1.00 for 1994 in relation to the present 1992 price. The
meeting was adjourned at 11:35 p.m.

Saturday, June 13, 1992

Because of a Board of Directors vote taken at the Society
Business Meeting on June 13, 1992, the Board of Directors reconvened in a
second,
previously unplanned session at 9:54 p.m. with Chairman Marvin Kohl
presiding. In addition to Chairman Kohl, the Directors in attendance
were Jack Cowles, Dennis J. Darland, Lee Eisler, Donald W. Jackanicz,
John A. Jackanicz, Robert James, Gladys Leithauser, Hugh Moorhead,
Stephen J. Reinhardt, Michael J. Rockler, and Warren Allen Smith.

Discussion exclusively dealt with the proposals made earlier that
day at the Society Annual Business Meeting by Christos Tzanetakos, who
was
present and further outlined his thoughts. To enable Mr. Tzanetakos’s
proposals to be brought before the Board, Mr. Moorhead moved that the
Society seek legally to reverse the New York City government court
decision relating to Russell and the City College of New York and that
the Society allocate money for the purchase and distribution of Russell
books to students.

Following discussion, Mr. Moorhead withdrew this motion. There
ensued a general discussion of methods of publicizing the Society. Mr.
Eisler then moved that the Society make an effort to publicize the City
College of New York events and the court decision. Following discussion,
Mr. Eisler withdrew this motion. Ultimately Chairman Kohl stated that
he will appoint a committee responsible for publicity relating to the
City College of New York episode. The meeting was adjourned at 10:58
p.m.

Donald W. Jackanicz, Secretary

Bertrand Russell Society

BERTRAND RUSSELL SOCIETY

1992 ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING MINUTES (OFFICIAL)

Saturday, June 13, 1992

With President Rockler in the chair, the Society Business Meeting
began at 10:40 a.m. as Secretary Donald W. Jackanicz read the Minutes of
the June 12, 1992 Board of Directors Annual Meeting session. The
membership agreed to dispense with the reading of the 1991 Annual
Meeting Minutes. Treasurer Dennis J. Darland then reported that the
current Treasury balance is $6,649.67.

Next, Sheila Turcon of the Bertrand Russell Archives spoke on
recent developments at the Russell Archives and forthcoming
Russell-related
publications. Louis Greenspan of the Bertrand Russell Editorial Project
then reported on the Project’s successes and problems. President Rockler
read a June 10, 1992 letter to the Board of Directors from Kenneth
Blackwell of the Bertrand Russell Archives, which thanked the Society
for its “moral support and financial willingness” in connection with
the publication of The Second Archives of Bertrand Russell.

Also read by President Rockler was a May 27, 1992 report from
Chandrakala Padia concerning the May 10-11, 1992 Annual Conference of
the
Benares Chapter of The Bertrand Russell Society. It was moved by Marvin
Kohl and unanimously accepted that McMaster University be given
permission to use The Bertrand Russell Society’s membership list for
fundraising purposes. Donald W. Jackanicz then reported on his recent
work as Editor of Russell Society News.President Rockler reminded
all members that any interested person may request to be on future
annual meeting programs or suggest annual meeting program items.

Christos Tzanetakos then proposed that (1) the Society purchase copies of Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian
for distribution to
philosophy students and (2) the Society send a letter to the government
of New York City requesting the renaming of LaGuardia Airport to
Bertrand Russell Airport as a way of making amends for the City’s
actions relating to Russell’s City College of New York appointment.
However, President Rockler ruled that this would have to be a matter to
be considered by the Board of Directors.

In response to Book Award Committee Chairman Gladys Leithauser’s
questions about how to consider non-English language books or
books too technical for general readership, President Rockler stated
that she has permission to appoint two new Committee members capable of
assisting in the consideration of such books. Tim Madigan then provided
information about the 1994 World Humanist Conference to be held in
Hyderabad, India and the possibility of a Bertrand Russell Society
session ‘there.

Following further discussion of Christos Tzanetakos’s proposals,
Lee Eisler moved that the Board of Directors hold a second session that
night. the Board members present voted as follows on this motion: Yes-7,
No-1, Abstain-3. Jan Eisler suggested that for future annual meetings a
pre-meeting day be scheduled for the Board of Directors meeting, but no
formal motion was made on this matter.

Following Lee Eisler’s unanimously accepted motion to adjourn the
meeting, President Rockler declared the Society Business Meeting
adjourned at 11:58 a.m.

Donald W. Jackanicz, Secretary

Bertrand Russell Society

BERTRAND RUSSELL SOCIETY

1992 ANNUAL MEETING REPORT (OFFICIAL)

June 12-14, 1992

(from the August 1992 RSN – issue #75, pp. 12-15)

The 1992 Annual Meeting of The Bertrand Russell Society, Inc. was
held from June 12 to June 14 at The American University, Washington, DC.

Friday, June 12, 1992

The meeting was called to order by President Michael J. Rockler
at 7:30 p.m. in Room 220 of the Ward Circle Building. Following his
welcoming
remarks, President Rockler presented a Bertrand Russell Society Service
Award to Gladys Leithauser. Joe Barnhart then presented his paper,
“Psychotherapy and the Epistemology of Bertrand Russell and Karl
Popper,” after which U. S. Congressman Neil Abercrombie spoke on
“Russell’s Values and the 1992 Presidential Election.” The meeting was
recessed at 10:05 p.m.

The first session of the 1992 Annual Meeting of the Board of
Directors was then held. (See “BRS 1992 Annual Board of Directors
Meeting
Minutes” above.)

Saturday, June 13, 1992

President Rockler reconvened the meeting at 9:00 a.m. in Room 220 of the Ward Circle Building. Marvin Kohl presented a talk on
“Russell and the Good Life.”

The Society Members Business Meeting began at 10:40 a.m. (See “BRS 1992 Annual Members Meeting Minutes” above.) The
Society Members Business Meeting adjourned at 11:58 a.m.

Tim Madigan then spoke on “Russell’s Values and Contemporary Secular Humanism,” after which the meeting was
recessed at 12:43 p.m.

Following lunch, President Rockler reconvened the meeting in
Room 220 of the Ward Circle Building at 2:18 p i m , and presented his
paper,
“Popper’s Fallibilism and Russell’s Skepticism as Educational
Perspectives.” Donald W. Jackanicz next offered a workshop on Russell’s
1960 Sonning Prize Address, “Old and Young Cultures.” The meeting was
recessed at 4:30 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m. the Red Hackle Hour began at Quigleys, a restaurant
located near The American University at 3201 New Mexico Avenue NW. At
7:15
p.m. the Banquet was held in the University Club of The American
University’s Mary Graden Center.

Following the Banquet, Joe Barnhart presented the 1992 Bertrand
Russell Society Award to Sir Karl Popper and accepted it on his behalf.
Gladys
Leithauser then presented the 1992 Bertrand Russell Society Book Award
to Nicholas Griffin for Russell’s Idealist Apprenticeship. After
his remarks of acceptance, Mr. Griffin read a draft version of his paper
concerning Russell’s relationship with his first wife, Alys Pearsall
Smith. The evening program concluded at 9:30 p.m.

The second session of the 1992 Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors was then held. (See “BRS 192 Annual Board of Directors
Meeting Minutes” above.)

Sunday, June 14, 1992

The meeting was reconvened by President Rockler at 9:00 a.m. in
Room 220 of the Ward Circle Building. Marvin Kohl provided information
about
The Association for the Study and Advancement of Supportive Values of
which he is a founder. John Shosky next spoke on “An Intellectual Bias?
Russell and Modal Logic.” Steven C. Shafer then presented his paper,
“‘Witty, Pungent, Philosophical, Whimsical and Bitter’: Politicians’
Perceptions of Bertrand Russell in Britain.”

Following closing remarks by President Rockler, the meeting was adjourned at 11:58 a.m.

Donald W. Jackanicz, Secretary

Bertrand Russell Society

BERTRAND RUSSELL SOCIETY

1992 ANNUAL MEETING REPORT

(an unofficial report by Lee Eisler; official minutes are above)

(from the August 1992 RSN – issue #75, pp. 3-5)

American University in Washington, D.C. was the site of the 1992
Annual Meeting of The Bertrand Russell Society, Inc., the weekend of
June 12-14. A fine group of members and guests attended.

The following talks [and reports] were given:

Congressman Neil Abercrombie on “Russell’s Values and the 1992 Presidential Election.”

Joe Barnhart on “Psychotheraphy and the Epistemology of. Bertrand Russell and Karl Popper.”

Treasurer Dennis Darland on the current Treasury balance of $6649.67.

Louis Greenspan on the successes and problems of the Bertrand Russell Editorial Project, which publishes BR’s non-book writings.

Nick Griffin’s draft version of his paper on BR’s relationship with his first wife, Alys Pearsall Smith.

Don Jackanicz’s workshop on BR’s Sonning Prize address, “Old and Young Cultures.”

Marvin Kohl on “Russell and the Good Life.”

Tim Madigan on “Russell’s Values and Contemporary Secular Humanism.”

Michael Rockler on “Popper’s Fallibilism and Russell’s Skepticism as Educational Perspectives.”

Steve Shafer on “‘Witty, Pungent, Philosophical, Whimsical and Bitter’: Politicians’ Perceptions of Bertrand
Russell in Britain.”

John Shosky on “An Intellectual Bias? Russell and Modal Logic.”

Sheila Turcon on recent developments at the Russell Archives (at
McMaster University) and forthcoming Russell-related publications.

Ken Blackwell’s letter to the Board, thanking the Society for its
“moral support and financial willingness” to help with the funding of The Second Archives of Bertrand Russell, was read by President Rockler.

Tim Madigan told about the 1994 World Humanist Conference in Hyderabad, India, and the possibility of a BRS session there.

Chandrakala Padia reported, by letter, on the May 1992 Annual Conference of the BRS Benares Chapter.

These Awards were made:

A Bertrand Russell Society Service Award to Gladys Leithauser, who
[joined?] the BRS Book Award Committee some years ago, and has been
chairing it with distinction ever since. Gladys may appoint two new
Committee members qualified to assist in evaluating foreign language or
technical books.

The 1992 Bertrand Russell Society Award to Sir Karl Popper. It
was accepted on his behalf by Joe Barnhart. Sir Karl, who is 90, had
intended to
attend this BRS meeting in Washington if his schedule permitted him to
make the long journey from Britain, but, alas, it did not.

The 1992 Bertrand Russell Society Book Award to Nicholas Griffin for his Russell’s Idealist Apprenticeship.

The following interesting proposals were made, and discussed, but no action was taken:

To distribute BR’ s Why I Am Not a Christian to philosophy students.

To request New York City to rename LaGuardia Airport the Bertrand
Russell Airport, to make amends for the city’s part in the outrageous
decision in the 1940 CCNY Bertrand Russell case.

To hold future Board of Directors’ meetings on the Thursday before the Society’s annual weekend meeting in June.

On Friday, there was a Red Hackle Hour at Quigleys, a nearby oasis
(the campus is dry), followed by the Saturday Evening Banquet at the
University Club.

In sum, the 1992 Annual Meeting was good one!

Lee Eisler, VP/Information

Bertrand Russell Society

BERTRAND RUSSELL SOCIETY

1992 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING REPORT

(an unofficial report by Lee Eisler; official minutes are above)

The BRS Directors met on Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13. The
meeting was open to all members, as it always is. Directors present were

Jack Cowles, Dennis Darland, Lee Eisler, Don Jackanicz, John Jackanicz,
Bob James, Dave Johnson, Marvin Kohl, Gladys Leithauser, John Lenz, Hugh
Moorhead, Steve Reinhardt, Michael Rockler, and Warren Smith.

The following decisions were made:

The present slate of officers was appointed for another year:

Chairman, Marvin Kohl

President, Michael Rockler

Vice President, John Lenz

Vice President/Information, Lee Eisler

Secretary of the Board and of the Society, Don Jackanicz

Treasurer, Dennis Darland

The 1993 Bertrand Russell Society Award will go to Harry Ruja.

The 1993 Annual Meeting will be held in San Diego, because that’s where Harry lives. The date is June 18-20.

The BRS Grant Program will be replaced by a “Prize for a Paper”
program. Its chief features are: a prize (or two) for the best
paper(s) written by a regularly enrolled graduate student or
undergraduate, who will present his or her paper at the next BRS Annual
Meeting, and receive a first year membership in the BRS. All of the
winner’s expenses will be paid; a stipend will also be paid. John Lenz,
whose idea this was, will chair a committee to administer the program.

The BRS will increase the amount it pays to the Russell Archives for members’ subscriptions to Russell. $1 increase in 1993. $2.50 increase in 1994. In U.S. currency.

There was considerable discussion of proposals made by Christos
Tzanetakos: (1) to attempt to overturn legally the outrageous decision
in the
1940 CCNY Bertrand Russell Case, and (2) to give BR’s Why I Am Not a Christian to philosophy students.

A proposal by Lee Eisler to publicize the 1940 CCNY case – as a
means of getting publicity for the BRS, regardless of whether the
decision
is (or could be) legally overturned – was also discussed. Chairman
Marvin Kohl will appoint a committee to explore the publicity
possibilities of the 1940 case.

Thus endeth the Directors’ meeting.