Noam Chomsky Packs 1,000-Seat House For Lecture on "Arab Spring, American Winter" at UNE Center for Global Humanities

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Chomsky reflected on the irony that while the people of the Middle East are demanding the right to good education, health and employment, Americans – battered by an economic system that eludes most people's grasp – seem to be resigned to a future without such rights.

“U.S. policy has to change,” said Chomsky. “There’s a growing gap between public will and public policy.”

University of New England's Center for Global Humanities tonight hosted Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Noam Chomsky who spoke for 75 minutes on the topic “Arab Spring, American Winter” to a full house at the 1,000-seat Westbrook Performing Arts Center.

Chomsky reflected on the irony that while the people of the Middle East are demanding the right to good education, health and employment, Americans – battered by an economic system that eludes most people's grasp – seem to be resigned to a future without such rights.

“U.S. policy has to change,” said Chomsky. “There’s a growing gap between public will and public policy.”

Chomsky joined the MIT staff in 1955 and in 1961 was appointed full professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (now the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy). From 1966 to 1976 he held the Ferrari P. Ward Professorship of Modern Languages and Linguistics. In 1976 he was appointed Institute Professor, a position he holds today.

UNE’s Center for Global Humanities is a public forum designed to introduce students and members of the public to the exploration of the great issues facing humanity today.

Named one of the best regional universities in America by U.S. News & World Report, UNE is a leader in health sciences education, biomedical research and the liberal arts. It offers student-centered, interdisciplinary programs in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Westbrook College of Health Professions, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Pharmacy, and the College of Graduate Studies. For more information, visit http://www.une.edu.

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