Corporatization of the University
The University of Michigan Graduate Employees’ Organization AFT Local 3550, the Lecturers Employee Organization and the Michigan Conference of the American Association of Professors hosted Noam Chomsky for a lengthy discussion of the corporatization of the university and the impact of student debt on the quality of opportunity offered to college graduates. This talk will be of interest to any & all working in the Higher Education Industrial Complex. It contains over 40 minutes of Q&A.
Noam Chomsky, by any measure, has led a most extraordinary life. In one index he is ranked as the eighth most cited person in history, right up there with Aristotle, Shakespeare, Marx, Plato and Freud. His contributions to modern linguistics are legendary. In addition to his pioneering work in that field, he has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for many decades. Chris Hedges says he is “America’s greatest intellectual” who “makes the powerful, as well as their liberal apologists, deeply uncomfortable.” The New Statesman calls him “the conscience of the American people.” He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT and Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Haury Chair in the Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. At 95, he continues to inform and inspire people all over the world. He is the author of scores of books, his latest are Consequences of Capitalism, Chronicles of Dissent and Notes on Resistance.