Introducing Our New Executive Director: Javier Clavere


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It was great seeing many of you at the SSA Meeting in Florida. For those of you who were unable to attend the SSA General Business meeting on October 2, it is my pleasure to introduce our new Executive Director Javier Clavere.   From the bottom of my heart, I am thankful to Javier for his willingness to serve in this capacity. This volunteer position bears numerous tasks and administrative responsibilities. I am fully committed to working with Javier, in an advisory capacity, through a transition period ending January 15, 2017. I am confident Javier will do a wonderful job serving our Society.

My very best,

Farouk Y. Seif

SSA 41st Roommates

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

If have not made room reservations at the Marriott Hotel and have an interest in finding someone to room with please use this link.

For more information about room sharing please contact our local host Prisca Augustyn at

See you in Delray Beach,

Farouk Seif

SSA Executive Director

Transportation Options: From Airports to Delray Beach Marriott Hotel

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

There is public transportation via Tri-Rail. Tri-Rail is the easiest way to travel in South Florida with direct and convenient bus connections to the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and Palm Beach International Airport terminals. Fares are approximately $2.50 each way, onboard luggage racks on all trains and free parking at all train stations. For schedule and any questions, contact Tri-Rail at:


Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

Arrivals: As you exit airport through lower level, walk to the bus stop located adjacent to Terminal 1, in between Terminals 2 and 3 or at the end of Terminal 4. Take Tri-Rail Shuttle Route FLA 1 directly to Tri-Rail Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Station at Dania Beach.

Departures: Take Tri-Rail to the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Station at Dania Beach and transfer to the Tri-Rail Shuttle Route FLA 1 directly to airport.


Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA)

ArrivalsAs you exit airport through lower level, walk to the bus stop located across the center of driveway. Take Tri-Rail Shuttle Route WPB-1 directly.

Departures: Take Tri-Rail to the West Palm Beach Station and transfer to the Tri-Rail Shuttle Route WPB-1 directly to airport.


Miami International Airport (MIA)

Arrivals:  Take Miami International Airport (MIA) Mover to the Miami Airport Station at the Miami Intermodal center.

Departures: Take Tri-Rail to the Miami Airport Station, then take MIA Mover directly to the terminals.

Connection: Miami Airport Station – 3861 NW 21 Street Miami, FL 33142



  • Supershuttle is available from both Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach:

  • From the Delray Beach Tri-Rail station there is a trolley that circles through Downtown and goes directly to the Marriott. There are also Taxis available at the Tri-Rail station.

See you in Delray Beach!

Farouk Seif

SSA Executive Director

41st SSA Room Reservation


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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In order to take advantage of the SSA special rate of $160 per night, please make your room reservations at the Delray Beach Marriott Hotel in Florida before August 28, 2016. After this date, room charges will be subject to the prevailing rates and availability.

Please go to the customized Group Web Link: Book your group rate for Semiotic Society of America or call the Reservations Department 1-561-274-3200. If you are interested in sharing a room with someone, leave a note or respond to note at:

Look forward to seeing you in Delray Beach.

Farouk Seif

SSA Executive Director

Keynote Speaker Anthony Julian Tamburri: “Signing Italian/American Cinema, Book Making in the City: What Does Scorsese Mean in Mean Streets?”

We are honored to announce that Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri is the keynote speaker at the SSA 41st Annual Meeting in Delray Beach, Florida.

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Anthony Julian Tamburri is Distinguished Professor of European Languages and Literatures and Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute (Queens College, CUNY). He is co-director of Bordighera Press, past president of the Italian American Studies Association and of the American Association of Teachers of Italian. His authored books include: Italian/American Short Films & Videos: A Semiotic Reading (2002); Semiotics of Re-reading: Guido Gozzano, Aldo Palazzeschi, and Italo Calvino (2003); Una semiotica dell’etnicità (2010); Re-viewing Italian Americana: Generalities and Specificities on Cinema (2011); and Re-reading Italian Americana: Specificities and Generalities on Literature and Criticism (2014). He is executive producer and host of Calandra Institute’s TV program, Italics, produced in collaboration with CUNY TV.

SSA 2016 Presidential Address

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“I will not see the results of my work in my lifetime”, says John Deely. Let’s look at what he has done, why it has not been accepted and what the future may bring in terms of further insights. If the cenoscopic and ideoscopic developments of the last four centuries teach us that science has to take into consideration the reality around us; and the developing use of semiotics in that mix opens the post-modern development, as Deely insists (and most of us agree), why is the doctrine of semeiosis not more widely used or understood? Add another parameter to the map, in that stochastic (random) activity that perturbs the “balance” between what is known through signs or through instruments or the interplay between them, the resultant understanding is never fully predictive. Will Deely’s strengths and weaknesses aid our quest for truth?


Bio: (Edward J.) Ted Baenziger, C.S.B.

Entered the Basilian Fathers (C.S.B.) from Catholic Central High School, Detroit, in ‘64; ordained in ‘76. Teacher, Head Start to University level, (middle and high school, in Annonay, France, for 5 years). Masters from Middlebury College (‘88), PhD in French Literature and Civilization from the Sorbonne (Paris III) (’96). Secretary of the Faculty Senate, ’09-‘16; French-speaking parish pastor, Houston (St-Basile, at UST) 33 years; Semiotic Society of America, since 2001, president for 2015-16, and orchid societies and the American Orchid Society, where he is a certified judge. He loves gardening, reading, scientific research, and coffee. Professor emeritus, June, 2016.