As a challenge to UCSB’s “party school” reputation, the student leaders and staffers of community radio station KCSB-FM 91.9 invite UCSB students and the greater Santa Barbara community to experience a pair of free events to cultivate a better understanding of our world.

(MIT photo / Donna Coveney - Courtesy MIT)

Prof. Noam Chomsky – Exclusive LIVE Broadcast Lecture on KCSB-FM 91.9: 2/28, 730pm (Photo by Donna Coveney, MIT)

On Friday, February 28th, at 730pmProfessor Noam Chomsky will be making his first public appearance in Santa Barbara in more than 25 years, delivering the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s 13th Annual Frank K. Kelly Lecture on Humanity’s Future, at the historic Lobero Theatre.

Event co-sponsor KCSB-FM 91.9 will air an exclusive live broadcast of Chomsky’s sold-out address, which will reflect on the sources of and possible solutions to the greatest dilemmas of the 21st Century.

This will be preceded earlier in the week by KCSB-FM’s free screening of Michel Gondry’s new Chomsky documentary, Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky, on Monday, February 24th, 7pm, at the MultiCultural Center (MCC) Theater.

Avram Noam Chomsky is a renowned Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus) at MIT. A philosopher, cognitive scientist, and logician, the 85-year-old Chomsky has also been distinguished, since the early days of the Vietnam War, for his peace and social-justice activism, and for his works of political commentary and theory. Noam Chomsky’s forthcoming lecture is entitled “Security and State Policy.”

Building on a tradition of “listening parties” in the realms of music and radio, KCSB-FM invites community members to gather for its broadcast of Chomsky’s discussion of such dire threats as nuclear war and environmental degradation.

KCSB’s General Manager Kyle Trager (a 4th-Year Communication Studies Major) says, “KCSB believes that ‘parties’ and intelligent discourse are not mutually exclusive. Hence our challenge to break out from typical escapist Friday-night rituals, and to host ‘listening parties’ on the 28th.” He continues, “Also, folks should join us this Monday at our free Chomsky ‘viewing party’ at the MCC.”

Interested in a more communal experience of this special broadcast event? KCSB is inviting everyone in the community to free Chomsky “listening parties” at two locations: 1) at the ASSOCIATED STUDENTS ANNEX/MEDIA CENTER (between Storke Tower and the South Hall “Grad Tower”); or 2) at GRANADA BOOKS: A Community Bookstore in downtown Santa Barbara (1224 State St.). Alternately, listeners might consider organizing their own gatherings as well.

Michel Gondry drawing animated Noam Chomsky from Michel Gondry’s IS THE MAN WHO IS TALL HAPPY? Courtesy of Sundance Selects.

Michel Gondry drawing animated Noam Chomsky from Michel Gondry’s IS THE MAN WHO IS TALL HAPPY? Courtesy of Sundance Selects.

Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? was created by filmmaker Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep). This acclaimed new documentary features Gondry’s hand-drawn cartoons, which illustrate his complex, lively discussions with Chomsky, revealing the life and thought-provoking work of the “father of modern linguistics.”

KCSB programmer/Development Coordinator Ted Coe says, “My own introduction to Chomsky can be traced to a KCSB screening of the documentary Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media 20+ years ago at the IV Theater. I’m thrilled that KCSB will again be presenting a new Chomsky film, which approaches him from a different, vibrantly colorful, perspective.”

Adds Trager: “I encourage fellow students to take part in both these events, which embody the most valuable part of our college experience: a rare opportunity to hear from one of the leading minds of our time, and the chance to reevaluate our preconceived notions about the world we live in.”

KCSB Presents Noam Chomsky Documentary and Live Broadcast from the Lobero Theatre

FILM: Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky
Monday, February 24th, 7pm
UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater
Free, All-Ages Admission.

LIVE BROADCAST: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s 13th Annual Frank K. Kelly Lecture on Humanity’s Future with Noam Chomsky
Sold-Out Talk, Live from the Lobero Theatre
Friday, February 28th, 730pm
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