Noted Academic and Social Activist Noam Chomsky, Ph.D. To Discuss Role of Education in Society At ESU on February 6

Posted by: Valentina Caval on February 1, 2013, One Comment

World-renowned academic and social activist Noam Chomsky, Ph.D., will share his views on education in society during his visit to East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) on Wednesday February 6, 2013. Dr. Chomsky will speak from 1-3 p.m. in ESU’s Abeloff Center for the Performing Arts, located on the front circle of campus. Institute Professor and Professor Emeritus in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, Dr. Chomsky will present a keynote address, “Public Education and the Common Good.” The event is open to the general public at no cost.

“We are thrilled to have a world-renowned researcher, author, activist, and public intellectual speak and interact with students and professors at ESU,” said Peter Pruim, Ph.D., ESU professor of philosophy and religious studies. “This event is a tremendous honor for ESU and an astounding opportunity for its students, who may be inspired to more serious thoughts and purposes upon witnessing this intellectual giant, a man of integrity and moral courage, whose work reveals our common humanity and petitions for human dignity and compassion.“

A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Chomsky earned his doctorate in linguistics in 1955 from the University of Pennsylvania. Chomsky joined the staff of the MIT in 1955 and in 1961 was appointed full professor. The major theoretical viewpoints of his doctoral dissertation appeared in the monograph Syntactic Structure, 1957. This formed part of a more extensive work, The Logical Structure of Linguistic Theory, circulated in mimeograph in 1955 and published in 1975. In 1976, he was appointed institute professor in the department of linguistics and philosophy.

Chomsky has lectured at many universities across the United States and abroad, and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards. He has been revered for his views on linguistics, philosophy, intellectual history, contemporary issues, international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. Among his books are: New Horizons in the Study of Language and Mind; On Nature and Language; The Essential Chomsky; Hopes and Prospects; Gaza in Crisis; How the World Works; 9-11: Was There an Alternative; Making the Future: Occupations, Interventions, Empire, and Resistance; The Science of Language; Peace with Justice: Noam Chomsky in Australia; and Power Systems.

Chomsky’s visit to ESU is sponsored by: the ESU Honors Program; the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies; the ESU Departments of Athletic Training, Communication Studies, Early Childhood and Elementary Education, English, Health, History, Modern Languages, Movement Activities and Lifetime Fitness, Political Science, Professional and Secondary Education, Psychology, Reading, Special Education and Rehabilitation, Speech-Language Pathology, and Theatre; and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF).

For more information or for special accommodations relative to Chomsky’s lecture, contact Dr. Pruim at 570-422-3601, or by email at For more information on Noam Chomsky, visit

One Response to “Noted Academic and Social Activist Noam Chomsky, Ph.D. To Discuss Role of Education in Society At ESU on February 6”

IT WAS FANTASTIC! Thank you so much for everyone involved that helped organize it. It really brought to light the failures of the public education system, capitalism, and what the everyday American doesn’t know about our political, military, and social policies.