Noam Chomsky: Prospects for Survival


To inaugurate the opening of Crotty Hall at University of Massachusetts Amherst, Professor Noam Chomsky of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the world-renown linguist and public intellectual, will deliver two lectures at UMass on Thursday, April 13, 2017.

You can watch the live streaming of the lecture at

An American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist, Professor Noam Chomsky is sometimes described as “the father of modern linguistics”.

One of the most cited scholars in history, Chomsky has influenced a broad array of academic fields. He is widely recognized as a paradigm shifter who helped spark a major revolution in the human sciences, contributing to the development of a new cognitivistic framework for the study of language and the mind. In addition to his continued scholarly research, he remains a leading critic of U.S. foreign policy, neoliberalism and contemporary state capitalism, the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and mainstream news media. His ideas have proved highly significant within the anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist movements.

Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy, and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He is Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he has worked since 1955, and is the author of over 100 books on topics such as linguistics, war, politics, and mass media. Ideologically, he aligns with anarcho-syndicalism and libertarian socialism.

Professor Chomsky will discuss “Prospects for Survival” at the Mullins Center at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Seating is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Professor Chomsky will also deliver a private, invitation only lecture on “Neoliberalism: An Accounting.” This will be held at Crotty Hall itself, 412 North Pleasant Street, at 4:00 pm.

Crotty Hall honors Professor James Crotty and Pamela Crotty. Jim Crotty was an esteemed member of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Economics Department faculty from 1974 – 2010. He has continued to make important contributions through both his research and teaching during his formal “retirement” years. His research is renowned for its fundamental contributions to macroeconomics within the broad heterodox tradition for which UMass Amherst is known worldwide. Pam Crotty worked as a dedicated and highly skilled Registered Nurse from 1960- 2002, making important professional contributions within Amherst and the greater community. Pam received her BS degree from UMass Amherst in 1987 with a major in gerontology, and was a gerontology specialist during her nursing career. She also served as a member of Amherst Town Meeting from 2006 – 2011.


Crotty Hall was designed by Sigrid Miller Pollin, Professor of Architecture at UMass Amherst. Professor Miller Pollin has received widespread recognition for her beautiful and innovative design work, as well as for her commitment to environmental sustainability. Crotty Hall is the first structure at UMass Amherst that is “net zero”—i.e. the overall net amount of greenhouse emissions generated by the operation Crotty Hall is zero. The Crotty Hall inaugural lectures by Professor Chomsky are being presented by the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at UMass Amherst. For further information, please contact PERI Communications Director Kim Weinstein, at



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