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Noam Chomsky: Personal Influences

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This video focuses on the formative influences in Noam Chomsky's life--those factors which enable him to become a politically engaged intellectual. Starting out as a linguist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his work revolutionized the study of language, Chomsky was radicalized by the 1960s anti-war movement and became a major critic of American policy. We learn about the important Jewish intellectual influences of his family, as well as those defining incidents in his early schooling that made a lasting impression.

1994, 27 min 34 s