Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics at MIT, will be honored at an MIT concert on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. The Los Angeles-based composer Edward Manukyan will be present with the famous linguist and philosopher to hear performances of chamber music — some of which are dedicated to Chomsky — as well as songs based on Chomsky's words. The pieces will be performed by internationally recognized musicians. The event is part of a series of concerts in which the composer honors some of the world's leading intellectuals and scientists with musical dedications. Similar concerts will follow in New York and Texas, honoring the Nobel-laureate biologist James Watson and physicist Steven Weinberg later next year. The concert will also feature speeches by noted scientists from MIT and Harvard about Chomsky and his contribution to science and the world. More information about the concert is available here. Tickets are on sale at http://gsc.mit.edu/chomsky.
January 21, 2010