“Judged in terms of the power, range, novelty, and influence of his thought, Noam Chomsky is arguably the most important intellectual alive today,” wrote Paul Robinson in the New York Times. The emeritus professor of linguistics at MIT has been credited with developing a new understanding of how humans acquire and use language. His cognitive (as opposed to behaviorist) approach to learning and behavior has influenced psychologists and philosophers for the last 50 years. He is an impassioned, liberal commentator on politics and international affairs.
Before a standing-room-only crowd in Gasson 100, Chomsky discusses current American politics. He criticizes both Democrats and Republicans, and expresses concern that the media does not cover issues, but instead focuses on personalities and atmospherics. The public discussion, he says, “is about anything except what matters.” Following his remarks, Chomsky responds to audience questions for 30 minutes.
Date: February 10, 2009
Location: Gasson 100
Sponsor(s): Boston College Chapter of Psi Chi