On March 15, 2018, University of Arizona professors Noam Chomsky and Marv Waterstone gave a lecture on “Gangster Capitalism and Transboundary Resistance” at the University of Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico. More than 500 students, faculty, and community members attended the talk, which was simultaneously translated into Spanish.
Chomsky and Waterstone were invited to Hermosillo by El Colegio de Sonora, a graduate-level social science research center. Students from the program participated online in the UA “What is Politics Class?” taught by the two professors last spring. Chomsky and Waterstone also had the opportunity to meet with some of the graduate students during their visit.
The public lecture focused on the impact of large transnational companies on the regional economy, including the pros and cons of free-trade agreements like NAFTA. The talk was moved to the University of Sonora to accommodate a larger audience, according to Justin Dutram, UA’s senior director for Mexico Initiatives.
“People were ecstatic to hear Noam Chomsky in Hermosillo.” Dutram said.
The talk was also live-streamed via Facebook. A video of the lecture can be accessed online.
Chomsky, who joined the UA faculty in 2017, is a laureate professor in the Department of Linguistics in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He is also the Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice. Waterstone is professor emeritus of geography at the University of Arizona.