Noam Chomsky

Born in Philadelphia on December 7, 1928, Noam Chomsky grew up in the shadow of World War 2. His parents were practicing Ashkenazi Jews, and Chomsky was greatly influenced by his left leaning family and the ... Read more »
Born: 12/07/1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (37)

Notes to Eternity 2016 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Requiem for the American Dream 2016 (Movie)

(Himself)

The Brainwashing of My Dad 2016 (Movie)

(Himself)

America: Imagine A World Without Her 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Greasy Rider 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Pay 2 Play:Democracy's High Stakes 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Stolen Seas 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

#ReGeneration 2012 (Movie)

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Occupy: The Movie 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Split: A Deeper Divide 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

I Am 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Programming the Nation? 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2002 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Da Ali G Show 2002 - 2003, 2007 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chomsky and Co. 2007 (Movie)

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Lake of Fire 2007 (Movie)

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Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

In Prison My Whole Life 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The U.S. vs. John Lennon 2006 (Movie)

Noam Chomsky (Actor)

The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hijacking Catastrophe 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Corporation 2004 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Hidden in Plain Sight 2003 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Party's Over 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Future Quest 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Human Language 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Haiti: Killing the Dream 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill Moyers' World of Ideas 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Phil Donahue Examines the Human Animal 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Teenage Paparazzo (TV Show)

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Biography

Born in Philadelphia on December 7, 1928, Noam Chomsky grew up in the shadow of World War 2. His parents were practicing Ashkenazi Jews, and Chomsky was greatly influenced by his left leaning family and the anti-Semitism he experienced as a boy. He excelled academically, starting high school at age 12, attending the University of Pennsylvania at 16, graduating at 20, and earning his Masters in linguistics from the same university in 1951, at the age of 22. In 1957, while an associate professor at MIT and visiting professor at New York's Columbia University, he published his first book. The groundbreaking <i>Syntactic Structures</i> was an extension of his undergraduate and graduate theses which incorporated logic, philosophy, and mathematics to break down the structure of the Hebrew language. In the book, he expanded his theory to include every language, and Chomsky ultimately concluded that all humans share the same underlying linguistic structure. The book is widely acknowledged to have revolutionized the study of language. Although Chomsky continued in his capacity as professor at MIT, when the U.S. became involved in the conflict in Vietnam his political and sociological views rose to prominence. In 1967, the New York Times Review of Books published his essay "The Responsibility of Intellectuals," which was inspired by a series of articles questioning the responsibility of the German and Japanese civilian population for allowing their governments to commit atrocities during World War II. From this period forward, the bulk of Chomsky's publications and lectures had a political bent, highlighting his libertarian socialist leanings. His mistrust of government and capitalism (he insisted that every worker should be a partner in any endeavor they are undertaking - working for someone else is tantamount to slavery), made him a leading voice of many movements critical of power and globalization. This included vocal opposition to the U.S. aid given to the Contras in Nicaragua in the mid 1980s, as well as U.S. aid given to Israel, and strong support of the Occupy Movement that came to prominence in 2011. During his career, Chomsky wrote over 100 books and appeared on numerous TV news shows as well as documentary films.

EDUCATION

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1955
Linguistics

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1945 - 1949

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1951

Milestones

2012

Featured in global financial crisis documentary "Four Horsemen"

2006

Wrote and appeared in documentary film "Imperial Grand Strategy"

2004

Animated short "Pirates and Emperors (or Size Does Matter)" adapted from 1986 book <i>Pirates and Emperors: International Terrorism and the Real World</i>

2003

Subject of documentary "Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause"

2003

Appeared in historical documentary series "XXI Century"

1992

Featured in documentary "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media"

1988

Presented "propaganda model" of news media in <i>Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media</i>, co-written with Edward S. Herman

1976

Appointed Institute Professor at MIT

1968

Published first political book <i>American Power and the New Mandarins</i>

1967

Wrote anti-Vietnam War essay "The Responsibility of Intellectuals," published in <i>The New York Review of Books</i>

1961

Appointed full professor at MIT's Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics

1957

Revolutionized field of linguistics with <i>Syntactic Structures</i>

1955

Joined MIT staff

1951

Wrote Master's thesis <i>Morphophonemics of Modern Hebrew</i> at University of Pennsylvania

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