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Noam Chomsky delivers thought-provoking lecture at UTSC

Last night, a packed audience of students, staff and faculty listened with rapt attention as Professor Noam Chomsky, one of the world’s preeminant scholars and intellectuals, delivered his lecture "Academic Freedom and the Corporatization of Universities."

With his trademark incisiveness and matter-of-fact delivery, Dr. Chomsky, who is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), touched on a wide range of subjects, from the rise of the labour movement and the capitalistic state in America, to his own experiences at M.I.T. in the 1950s and 60s, when the school was almost completely funded by the Pentagon and yet served as a hub for academic anti-war resistance in the USA.

Throughout, Professor Chomsky circled back to his main thesis: that the corporatization of higher learning institutions over the last thirty or so years has led to fundamental shifts in educational, research and cultural priorities in universities across North America, changes he believes need to be resisted and reversed for the sake of academic and intellectual freedom. "It’s a battle," he said. "But it’s not a battle that has to be lost." Watch the slideshow below.

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