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About the Bertrand Russell Society

Founded in 1974, the Bertrand Russell Society seeks to foster a better understanding of the life, work, and writings of Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) and how his contributions relate to today's world.

The Society has a regular annual meeting featuring scholarly and popular presentations about Russell and related subjects, a business meeting, a banquet, and good fellowship. Usually in June, most often in a university setting, annual meetings have taken place at wide variety of locations.

The Society publishes the Bertrand Russell Society Bulletin, which is free to all members. Interested persons are invited to submit papers to the editor, Michael Berumen (opinealot at gmail dot com). Members also receive the scholarly journal Russell.

The BRS Library has a collection of Russell-related books and papers that members can borrow and a large selection of television and radio interviews of Russell online in the members area of the Library. Members may email BRS Librarian Tom Stanley (tjstanley at myfairpoint dot net) for access.

The BRS awards annual student essay prizes for the best new papers about Russell by under­graduate and graduate students. Prize-winners present their papers at our annual meeting, receive $200, free registration, lodging and banquet at the meeting, and a 1-year membership in the BRS.

The BRS also awards an annual BRS book award for the best new book on Russell, an annual BRS award to an individual or an organization whose work best furthers the interests and commitments of Bertrand Russell, and a service award for service to the Russell Society.

The BRS sponsors sessions of talks on Russell and early analytic philosophy more generally at the annual Eastern and Central Division meetings of the American Philosophical Association, often in conjunction with the History of Early Analytic Philosophy Society (HEAPS).

Finally, the BRS helps support Russell scholarship, for example, the scholarly journal Russell: The Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies, which all BRS members receive as part of their membership, and maintains these web pages to provide information on Russell and related subjects and to further our shared interests and values.