2020 Logistics

Online Annual Meeting

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Bertrand Russell Society 2020 Annual Meeting will be held online. Participants are asked to register online here: 2020 Registration. Logistical details about how to set up your software and so forth, so as to participate in the annual meeting, will be posted here. Below is information for (a) presenters and (b) all other participants. The schedule is also given below.

Schedule of Talks, 20th June 2020

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Logical Analysis

  • Dennis Darland, “On a Multiple Relation Theory of Belief”
  • James Connolly, ”Revisiting Landini on Wittgenstein’s Critique of Russell’s Multiple Relation Theory of Judgment”
  • Landon D. C. Elkind, “Generalized Molecular Formulas in Logical Atomism”
  • Gregory Landini, “Gödel Incompleteness Doesn’t Hold in Principia Mathematica”

11:15 am – 12:15 pm: Philosophical Issues

  • Abdul Latif Mondal, “Bertrand Russell on Sensations and Images”
  • Giovanni Battista Ratti, “On Russell’s Ways Out”
  • Ethan Tion and Hans Loewig, “Bertrand Russell’s Theory of Impulse”
  • Laurie Thomas, “On the Notion of Cause”

12:15 pm – 1:30: Lunch Break

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm: Russell and Others

  • Adam Stromme, “Russell and Adam Smith”
  • David Blitz, “Russell and Leibniz: 1900 – 1959”
  • Alexander Klein, “Russell’s Representationalism About Consciousness: Reconsidering His Relationship to James”
  • Andrew Bone, “An Isolated Outpost of Western Civilation”: Geopolitics, Security, Population and Race in Russell’s Appraisal of mid-Century Australia”

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Biographical

  • Michael Stevenson, “Bertrand Russell at UCLA, 1939-1940”
  • Peter Stone, “Chomsky and Russell Revisited”
  • Tim Madigan, “Reports of His Death Were Sometimes Exaggerated: The Many Obituaries of Bertrand Russell”
  • Richard DeJesus, Saad Islam, Amy Lezon, Fizza Chaudhry: “Online Timeline of BR’s Life and Work”

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: BRS Awards, Virtual Red Hackle Hour

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: General Meeting

Information for Presenters

Presenters will send in their papers and/or presentations in digital format (PDF, PowerPoint, Audio, or Video) and these files will be available for download and/or viewing the week before the actual meeting. Please send these materials by June 1st to the Bertrand Russell Society webmaster at brsocietytreasurer@gmail.com and to John Lenz at JLenz@drew.edu.

Since the papers will be available in advance, you need not give a full presentation on the day of the panel. Instead, you should prepare a brief (no more than 2 minute) introduction to your paper for the panel itself, assuming that others will have already read it. Then the floor will be open for discussion.

The simplest and most accessible format for your paper is either as a Word document or a PDF file, either (or both) to be sent as an attachment by e-mail. If you submit a word document send it in Microsoft Word or Open Office (also available as Libre Office) formats; this latter is a free open source software you can download from the internet.

If you prefer a PowerPoint format, you can send that in either PC or Mac formats. Slides can contain images to illustrate your text, but you can also add an audio annotation to any side, using the Insert → Audio → Record Audio which is available in later versions of PowerPoint for both Mac or PC. Open Office (Libre Office) also has a slide presentation option. Go to File → New → Presentation. However, it does not appear to have a built-in audio recorder, and you would have to insert an audio file recorded with different software, such as the open source, freely available Audacity.

You can also send a separate audio file of yourself reading your paper using any audio recording software, such as Audacity, or by recording yourself on your cell phone, most of which have a built in recording app, or you can download one from the app stores (Apple or Android). You can then share the audio recording as an email attachment. But if you do send an audio recording, also send a text file (Word or open Office formats) as some attendees may have difficulty downloading or hearing an audio file.

If you have a good reason to do so you could video your presentation, using
the built-in camera on most laptops, or available software such as Kaltura,
which is included with many course management systems (eg Blackboard). Make sure to record at a low resolution, internet display format. However, these files will be quite large and should be avoided unless there is a pressing reason to do so. And once again, send a digital text file as well.

We will send you more detailed instructions for getting online for the Saturday, June 20 panel where your paper will be discussed. We’ll be using Webex, but you need not worry about having that software. Several days before the meeting, and again on meeting day (as a reminder) I’ll send you an email with a link to join the Webex session, which will open in your computer’s browser. More on this later. For now, work on getting us the digital version of your paper by June 1.

Information for Participants

All members of the society are invited to attend and to participate in the discussions at the times indicated below for the various panels. So are all members of the public: this is of course a new format for us, but we hope that it will allow greater participation as we accustom ourselves to the online world for meetings. There is no charge for participating in our online meeting.

Before the meeting we will send to all participants an email with a link to the online conference site, which will be accessible through an internet browser. To receive this link, register here. Paper presenters do not need to register in advance.

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