WATCH LIVE: Chomsky Combats 'Alternative Facts' In New Post-Election Politics Class
Renowned author and linguist Noam Chomsky has been teaching a general politics course at the University of Arizona for the past six weeks. The undergraduate class "What is Politics?" co-taught with UA emeritus Marv Waterstone, marks Chomsky's longest stay at the university. In celebration of its final week, UA will livestream a talk with Chomsky on Wednesday, March 1.
"Chomsky's talks at the UA have been tremendously popular," said John Paul Jones, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences in a press release last November. "We thought that students might want a deeper engagement with him, so we asked him if he wanted to teach a class at the UA and he enthusiastically said yes."
The course description says it "examines the consequences of organizing American society and politics in a capitalist framework and explores current threats to the human species, including nuclear annihilation and climate change."
"The purpose of this course is to engage participants in contemplating, exploring these critical issues," Chomsky said in a promotional video. "The goal is not only to enrich understanding but also to sharpen the skills to inquire more deeply and productively into such questions. That includes critical issues about the nature of education, about formation of opinion and attitudes, and not least they will have to seek answers that are desperately needed and to think through ways of implementing them."
In course's final week, Chomsky will discuss contemporary resistance movements on the left and right, from Black Lives Matter to Brexit to anti-Trump, as well as new methods for effective political organizing.
Chomsky will also talk "neoliberalism, racism, and education amidst religious bans, walls, and alternative facts" reported UA.