On Monday October 17, renowned linguist, political dissident and scholar-activist Noam Chomsky visited Morningside Heights to speak about the causes and consequences of American foreign policy in Israel and Palestine. 

Over 800 students, faculty and community members gathered in the Ethel S. LeFrak 41 and Samuel J. LeFrak Gymnasium to hear Chomsky speak.  His lecture touched a variety of issues making headlines, including the historic prisoner exchange between Hamas and Israel that occurred just hours after the event and the recent assassination of US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.  Barnard philosophy professor Frederick Neuhouser moderated the event, which was sponsored by Columbia’s Center for Palestine Studies.     

An Institute Professor and professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chomsky is well known in the academic and scientific community as one of the fathers of modern linguistics, and a major figure of analytic philosophy.  Since the 1960s, he has become known more widely as a political dissident and an anarchist, referring to himself as a libertarian socialist.  Chomsky is the author of more than 150 books and has received worldwide attention for his views.

Read more about Chomsky’s talk on Democracy Now!.  A video of the event will soon be available on The Center for Palestine Studies’ website.