[act-ma] 2/10 Noam Chomsky & Phyllis Bennis in Conversation (2nd Thursday in February)
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Noam Chomsky & Phyllis Bennis
Two Leading Movement Veterans on How to Stop the Wars
Thursday, February 10, 2011, 6:30 p.m.*
Tickets: $15 ($10 student/low income/unemployed))
Location to be announced shortly
See http://www.chomskyspeaks.org for updates
For tabling opportunities, to co-sponsor the event, to advertise in
the program book, to organize post-lecture workshop, contact
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Lead sponsors: Mass. Global Action & the Majority Agenda Project
http://www.MassGlobalAction.org & http://www.MajorityAgendaProject.org
* Pre-event reception, tickets $50 @ 5:30 p.m. (includes main event
and activist break out sessions after main event)
About Phyllis Bennis:
Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at the
Institute for Policy Studies. The Middle East component of the Project
challenges the drive towards U.S. empire in that region and beyond,
focusing particularly on ending the U.S. wars and occupations in
Afghanistan and Iraq, and supporting a just and comprehensive peace
based on an end to Israeli occupation and apartheid policies in
Palestine. The United Nations component analyzes U.S. domination of
the UN and attempts to strengthen the potential role of the UN as part
of a new internationalism and the global resistance to empire. Since
September 11, 2001, the New Internationalism Project has also been
involved in examining the root causes of, and critiquing U.S.
responses to that tragedy.
Phyllis is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam.
She has been a writer, analyst, and activist on Middle East and UN
issues for many years. While working as a journalist at the United
Nations during the run-up to the 1990-91 Gulf War, she began examining
U.S. domination of the UN, and stayed involved in work on Iraq
sanctions and disarmament, and later the U.S. wars and occupations in
Iraq and Afghanistan. In 1999, Phyllis accompanied a delegation of
congressional aides to Iraq to examine the impact of U.S.-led economic
sanctions on humanitarian conditions there, and later joined former UN
Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday, who had resigned his
position as Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq to protest the impact of
sanctions, in a speaking tour. In 2001 she helped found and remains on
the steering committee of the U.S. Campaign to End Israeli Occupation.
She works closely with the United for Peace and Justice anti-war
coalition, co-chairs the UN-based International Coordinating Network
on Palestine, and since 2002 has played an active role in the growing
global peace movement. She continues to serve as an adviser to
several top UN officials on Middle East and UN democratization issues.
About Noam Chomsky:
Avram Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) is an Institute Professor
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He achieved widespread
recognition and near universal acclaim for his pioneering work in
linguistics and analytical philosophy .
Beginning with his critique of the Vietnam War in the 1960s, Chomsky
has become more generally known - especially internationally - for his
media criticism and anti-establishment politics than for his
linguistic theories. He is generally considered to be a key
intellectual figure within the left wing of United States politics.
According to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index, between 1980 and
1992 Chomsky was cited as a source more often than any other living
scholar, and the eighth most cited scholar overall. Chomsky describes
himself as a libertarian socialist and a sympathizer of
anarcho-syndicalism (he is a member of the IWW). (adapted from
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