Published on Apr 20, 2017
World-renown linguist, philosopher, author and political activist Noam Chomsky delivered lecture titled “Prospects for Survival” at UMass Amherst Mullins Center. His visit is sponsored by the Political Economy Research Institute to celebrate the inauguration of Crotty Hall, the first net-zero energy building constructed at UMass Amherst.
MIT Center for International Studies
Published on Mar 24, 2017
March 23, 2017 – 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Starr Forum lecture with Noam Chomsky on climate change and President Trump.
About Noam Chomsky:
Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist. Sometimes described as “the father of modern linguistics”, Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy, and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He is Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he has worked since 1955, and is the author of over 100 books on topics such as linguistics, war, politics, and mass media. Ideologically, he aligns with anarcho-syndicalism and libertarian socialism.
Published on Apr 12, 2017
Noam Chomsky Climate Change Speech 2017
Published on Jul 27, 2012
Jim Gustafson, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, giving his Fourteenth Lecture in a series of Thirty-Six Lectures on Maps in Psychiatry, as every Friday (but for an occasional vacation week), posted mid-afternoon on YouTube, earliest on the Jim Gustafson Channel, four items down the Jim Gustafson List, or on his web site at http: //psychiatry.wisc.edu/gustafson. Also, the new book from which these lectures are drawn into ten-minute form, is available with one click also on his web site electronically. These YouTube Lectures are for doctors and psychotherapists and patients and everyone interested in maps of the whole situation that will save us, distinguished from maps captured by only a part of the situation that can snare us.
The Fourteenth Lecture begins from Jonathan Lear’s book, Radical Hope, Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation (2006), to summarize how Lear explains the remarkable capacity of Plenty Coups, the last chief of the Crow tribe who died in 1932, to depend upon his dream as a nine-year boy of the disappearance of the buffalo down a hole in the ground. In other words, the boy could face up in the dream to the near total cultural devastation of his people. Then he could also depend upon his dream to point to the way to undergo this disaster, by becoming as a a chickadee, whose lodge was the only lodge to withstand the storm of the white man in the boy’s dream.
The lecture goes on to my nightmare a week ago out at our cabin on the great prairie, analogous to that of Plenty Coups, in which I dream my own body into the cultural devastation we are looking at now in our people. I continue with an excerpt from Dostoevsky concerning degradation and loss of nobility in Russia in the 19th century. I conclude with a remarkable dream of one of my patients that helps her to sort out what is shielded ground from what is unshielded ground.
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Shortly before he died, Plenty Coups, the last great Chief of the Crow Nation, told his story―up to a certain point. “When the buffalo went away the hearts of my people fell to the ground,” he said, “and they could not lift them up again. After this nothing happened.” It is precisely this point―that of a people faced with the end of their way of life―that prompts the philosophical and ethical inquiry pursued in Radical Hope.
In Jonathan Lear’s view, Plenty Coups’s story raises a profound ethical question that transcends his time and challenges us all: how should one face the possibility that one’s culture might collapse?
This is a vulnerability that affects us all―insofar as we are all inhabitants of a civilization, and civilizations are themselves vulnerable to historical forces. How should we live with this vulnerability? Can we make any sense of facing up to such a challenge courageously? Using the available anthropology and history of the Indian tribes during their confinement to reservations, and drawing on philosophy and psychoanalytic theory, Lear explores the story of the Crow Nation at an impasse as it bears upon these questions―and these questions as they bear upon our own place in the world. His book is a deeply revealing, and deeply moving, philosophical inquiry into a peculiar vulnerability that goes to the heart of the human condition.
Uploaded on Sep 7, 2011
The first three chapters from the feature length documentary, What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire, produced by Sally Erickson and Timothy Scott Bennett. Please visit http://www.whatawaytogomovie.com/ to purchase a copy and support the filmmakers. And visit http://bluehagbooks.com/ to learn about Bennett’s new novel, All of the Above. Thanks!