Chomsky's Birthday Meet Up Planned In UK
Noam Chomsky is one of the world's best-known intellectuals. Aside from his professional work on linguistics, his writings over the last 40 years on US Foreign Policy, and also the role of the mass media as a form of indoctrination, have provoked support and vitriol.
December 7th 2008 will be his 80th birthday.
On Saturday 29th November (so as not to clash with the Climate March in London), Manchester will host activists and scholars who will come together to discuss, share and debate around the issues that Chomsky has worked on (and one or two that he hasn't!).
Neither worshipping nor condemning, the focus is not on Chomsky the man or the theorist, but exploring the current developments on issues he has written about (media, human rights, US foreign policy) and some others he hasn't written much about- climate change, the role and responsibilities of solidarity movements and more.
Confirmed speakers include David Miller of Strathclyde University, who's
written widely on media spin in Iraq, Ireland and global power politics,
Milan Rai, anti-war activist and editor of Peace News, and Leo Murray of Plane Stupid. More will be announced in the coming weeks.
For more information please see www.chomskyat80.org.uk, email info [at]
or sign up at the Facebook group at