Geneva, NY – Noam Chomsky, one of the most sought-after speakers on political issues and one who is often booked several years in advance, has been secured by Hobart and William Smith Colleges to give a speech titled, “The Role of Force in International Affairs: The Case of the Middle East,” at 8 p.m. on March 1, at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St., Geneva.
Chomsky is one of America’s most prominent political dissidents, a renowned professor of linguistics at MIT, and the author of more than 70 political books that dissect such issues as U.S. interventionism in the developing world, the political economy of humans rights, and the propaganda role of corporate media. As a social critic and political activist, Chomsky, a libertarian socialist, is acknowledged to be an articulate and persuasive critic of U. S. foreign policy. Recently he has been interviewed extensively about Iraq. In January, he appeared on Frontline, where he spoke in detail on the armed attack by the U. S. and Britain and on the strategic background to U. S. policy towards Iraq. This week, he appeared on Democracy Now to again discuss Iraq. One of his most popular books, Fateful Triangle:The United States, Israel and Palestinians, (1984), has been revised and will soon be released.
Chomsky was recruited to speak by HWS economics professor Daniel A. McGowan. McGowan founded Deir Yassin Remembered, the organization that serves to commemorate the massacre of Palestinians by Jewish terrorists on April 9, 1948 in Deir Yassin on the west side of Jerusalem. Chomsky is a member of Deir Yassin Remembered and McGowan says he has urged Chomsky to come to HWS for the past four years.
McGowan says he is honored to bring Chomsky to HWS and give the Central New York region an opportunity to meet the famous dissident. “In more than 70 books and 800 articles, the laser-sharp secular logic of Noam Chomsky has caused him to be the most-cited living author. From criticism of the media to criticism of Zionism, he is unflinching. Anyone who can cut through the blasphemy of Morton Klein, the chutzpah of Alan Dershowitz, and the silence of Elie Wiesel is worth listening to,” McGowan says.
The lecture is sponsored by the Faculty Speakers Fund, the Departments of Political Science, English, and Economics, and Deir Yassin Remembered. The event is free and open to the public.