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Philosopher, Linguist, and Political Activist Noam Chomsky to Speak At Rhodes College on Occupy Wall Street

Publication Date: 1/2/2012

Rhodes College’s Communities in Conversation series will host a lecture by political theorist and writer Noam Chomsky on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. Free and open to the public, the event begins at 5 p.m. in McCallum Ballroom, Bryan Campus Life Center at Rhodes College. Chomsky will discuss the Occupy Wall Street Movement.

A pioneering linguist and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and renowned intellectual activist, Chomsky is known for his critiques of American foreign policy and capitalism. His clarion call is that “It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and to expose lies.”

Chomsky is famous for his innumerable publications, especially the book he co-wrote with Edward Herman titled Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media. The book argues that the mainstream news agencies do not really search for truth so much as they articulate the agenda of the privileged groups that dominate domestic society, the state, and the global order.

New this year at Rhodes, Communities in Conversation provides a forum for dialogue on a variety of topics across the humanities that address the big questions we face globally, regionally, nationally, and locally. Seeking to engage the broader Mid-South area in a set of discussions that highlight what the academy contributes to the key concerns of our times, Communities in Conversation will feature thinkers who are helping to shape the debate. Seeking to move beyond polemics towards new viewpoints that can reorient our understanding about these topically relevant concerns, these events are all free and open to the public. Noam Chomsky will be the first intellectual featured in a set of six conversations over the spring term. The Communities in Conversation series will continue with the following speakers:

Paul Mendes-Flohr – The “Modern Prophets” Lectures

January 18 @ 7:00 pm at the Jewish Community Center, “Two Contrasting Paths to Jewish Spirituality: Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig.” 

January 19 @ 6:00 p.m. in Hardie Auditorium, “Modern Day Prophets: Martin Buber and Martin Luther King”

Robert Mnookin ­­­– February 7 @ 5:00 p.m. in Blount Auditorium

“Bargaining with the Devil”

Gordon Wood – February 16 @ 7:00 p.m. in McCallum Ballroom

“What Made the Founders Different?”

Russell Berman – February 27 @ 6:00 p.m. in Blount Auditorium

“The Humanities in our Culture and the Urgency of Language Learning”

Jane Landers – March 22 @ 7:00 in Blount Auditorium

"African Kingdoms, Black Republics, and Free Black Towns in the Iberian Atlantic"

Those with specific inquiries about Communities in Conversation or the upcoming lectures can contact Dr. Jonathan Judaken, the Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities at Rhodes, at (901) 843-3292 or judakenj@rhodes.edu

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