Resident Noam Chomsky fangirl and resident lecture enthusiast Elizabeth Self muses on hearing the man himself lecture at Columbia. Even if it was in Schermerhorn.
Last week, Noam Chomsky gave the Fall 2013 Dewey Lectures at Columbia, themed, “What kind of Creatures Are We?” The lectures also were apparently advertised nowhere outside Philosophy Hall, and reservations to them were not available. So, naturally, entirely too many people showed up to the first one on Wednesday night, and your author was not able to make it. However, by camping out from noon on for the Friday lecture at 4:15, she was able to hear Chomsky’s final lecture in Schermerhorn on “What is the Common Good?”
If you happen to not know who Chomsky is or why he was giving these talks, well … It’s kind of hard to explain. According to International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, “Noam Chomsky is a US political theorist and activist, and institute professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Besides his work in linguistics, Chomsky is internationally recognized as one of the most critically engaged public intellectuals alive today. Chomsky continues to be an unapologetic critic of both American foreign policy and its ambitions for geopolitical hegemony and the neoliberal turn of global capitalism, which he identifies in terms of class warfare waged from above against the needs and interests of the great majority.”
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