Philosopher, linguist gives Potter Memorial Lecture

Noam Chomsky, MIT professor of linguistics and philosophy, will give the 2005 Potter Memorial Lecture at Washington State University at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, in the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. Chomsky’s speech will be entitled “Imminent Crises: Responsibilities and Opportunities” and will be open to the public free of charge.

“For almost 50 years Noam Chomsky has been the most influential and best known American linguist,” said Lynn Gordon, associate professor, Department of English, and coordinator of WSU’s linguistics program. “The fact that many people refer to much of modern linguistic theory and research as ‘Chomskyan’ illustrates the breadth of his influence.”

Chomsky’s influence also has been felt in the areas of political philosophy and public affairs, and he has authored numerous books and articles that analyze U.S. foreign policy over the past 50 years.

Named for former WSU philosophy professor Frank Potter, the lecture brings an internationally known philosopher to WSU each year.