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Noam Chomsky to Speak on "Iraq & Beyond: New Norms of International Law," March 3

 Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics at MIT, will speak on "Iraq & Beyond: New Norms of International Law," on Wednesday, March 3, at 1:30 p.m., in the Levinson Auditorium. The talk is sponsored by the Middle East Law Forum and is free and open to the public.

Noam Chomsky, a fundamental contributor to modern linguistics, has also been a leading voice in public policy debate for over thirty years. He was an early and outspoken critic of the Vietnam War and went on to write about a wide range of topics. Recently he has turned his attention to issues surrounding terrorism and American power. In 9-11, he responded to the terrorist attacks of September 11, and in his most recent book, Hegemony or Survival, he discusses the catastrophic consequences of what he sees as America's pursuit of international dominance.

Chomsky will present his thoughts on recent American activities in Iraq. The talk will be followed by a question and answer period.

Ariel Lavinbuk '06, one of the organizers of the talk, commented: "We believe Prof. Chomsky brings a fresh and rarely heard perspective on U.S. involvement in the Middle East. His views often reflect a large, unspoken, group of people worldwide who do not receive significant media attention, and we are looking forward to Prof. Chomsky's views and analysis."

The Middle East Law Forum works to inform the Yale community about issues of law and politics in the Middle East. Through speakers, film series, and workshops, the group ensures that a variety of perspectives are heard on topics both in and out of the media spotlight. In the coming months the group will be presenting panels on the rise of political Islam in Lebanon and international and regional responses to terrorism.