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Chomsky to deliver Academic Freedom lecture Oct. 28

Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor and professor of linguistics, linguistic theory, syntax, semantics, and philosophy of language at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will deliver the 14th Annual Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom at 4 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Law School's Honigman Auditorium.
(Photo by Donna Coveney, MIT)

Chomsky will speak about "Illegal but Legitimate: A Dubious Doctrine for the Times." He has written and lectured widely on linguistics, philosophy, intellectual history, contemporary issues, international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. His works include: "At War with Asia," "For Reasons of State," "Peace in the Middle East?" "Reflections on Language," "The Political Economy of Human Rights," "The Culture of Terrorism," "Middle East Illusions" and "Hegemony or Survival."

The lecture series was established in 1990 by the Senate Advisory Committee for University Affairs (SACUA) to honor three U-M faculty members, Chandler Davis, Clement Markert and Mark Nickerson, who in 1954 were called to testify before a Congressional Committee on Un-American Activities. All invoked Constitutional rights and refused to answer committee questions about their political associations. For their actions, the three were suspended and Nickerson was denied the summer portion of his fiscal year salary.

Subsequent hearings and committee actions at U-M resulted in different outcomes. Markert was reinstated; Nickerson, a tenured professor, and Davis were dismissed from the University.

For more information, contact Peggy Hollingsworth at (734) 769-0376 or

The lecture is sponsored by the Office of the President, Academic Freedom Lecture Fund, American Association of University Professors-U-M Ann Arbor Chapter, Office of the Vice President for Communications, LSA, Department of Linguistics, SACUA, and Edward and Natalie Surovell.

For more information about the lecture series visit For information about the lecture fund visit

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