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Transcript: Noam Chomsky – Foundations of World Order: the UN, World Bank, IMF & Decl. Human Rights 1999

Here is the transcript of Noam Chomsky’s talk titled “Foundations of World Order: the UN, World Bank, IMF & Decl. Human Rights 1999”.

TRANSCRIPT:

Jane Gould – Coordinator of MIT’s Technology and Culture Forum

You patient souls who’ve been here for a long time holding your seat, welcome. I’m Jane Gould, the coordinator of the Technology and Culture Forum, and I’d like to welcome you to tonight’s program, Noam Chomsky on the Foundations of World Order: Fifty years of the UN, the World Bank, the IMF, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Before we turn to tonight’s program, I call your attention to the Technology and Culture Forum’s next program, Reinventing Universities for the 21st Century. There’s a sign with all the information above my head and do come Wednesday, March 3rd at 5.30 p.m. in 6120.

The Technology and Culture Forum will be hosting four more programs this spring. If you’d like to be on our mailing list, you can either sign on one of the sheets of paper on the table in the hall as you leave or go to our website and just put yourself onto the list.

Now to tonight’s program. We’re all here because we want to hear Noam Chomsky. Chomsky is honored by MIT as an institute professor. His doctoral thesis on transformational analysis began his radical transformation of the field of linguistics. Honorary degrees, learned in professional societies, significant awards, his list is luminous. Few have escaped his notice.

And yet, as a public intellectual, Professor Chomsky has always taken seriously his responsibility to stimulate and lead public debate. In addition to speaking and writing on linguistics and philosophy, he’s taken on intellectual history, contemporary issues, international affairs, U. S. foreign policy, to name a few of his key topics.

Late this last year, I received an email encouraging me to participate in a 70th birthday card for Noam Chomsky. Online, global, hundreds, thousands, the list went on and people couldn’t resist saying how they’ve been challenged and inspired by Chomsky. Tonight he’s here to look at the last 50 years, what we created, what we have, and where we are to go. Noam Chomsky?

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