Noam Chomsky is an Institute Professor and a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked for more than 50 years. Chomsky, who according to The New York Times is “arguably the most important intellectual alive,” is credited with revolutionizing the field of linguistics by introducing generative grammar and the concept of a universal grammar, which underlies all human language and is based in the innate structure of language. Beyond linguistics, his work has influenced fields such as cognitive science, philosophy, computer science, mathematics, and psychology.
Noam Chomsky has received numerous awards, including the Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences, the Helmholtz Medal, the Dorothy Eldridge Peacemaker Award, and the Ben Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science.
Since the 1960s, Chomsky has been an influential social analyst and critic. He has published numerous books on U.S. foreign and domestic policies, international politics, the media and related subjects. His writings are among the most quoted in today's world.
The Chomsky visit is sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Science, Confluence: Center for Creative Inquiry, and the Department of Linguistics. Additional support comes from the College of Education, Elise Collins Shields and Creston Shields, the Arizona Daily Star, as well as from the School of Anthropology, the Department of Computer Science, the Cognitive Science Program, the Department of Communication, the School of Geography and Development, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, the School of Government and Public Policy, the Department of History, the College of Humanities, the School of Journalism, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Psychology, the Department of Sociology, and UA BookStores.
What is Special about Language?
Lecture begins at 4pm in UA Student Union Memorial Central, North Ballroom
*DOORS OPEN AT 3PM*
This lecture is open to the public.
For more information on Chomsky's 2/7/12 academic lecture, please contact Jennifer Columbus, 520.621.2113 or firstname.lastname@example.org