Learn about and discuss today’s most urgent issues with one of the greatest public intellectuals of our time. Professor Noam Chomsky and UArizona emeritus professor Marv Waterstone will co-teach this seven-week class that is both a general education course for UArizona undergraduates and open to life-long learners from the general public. Connecting students from multiple generations and political outlooks, this course is sure to stimulate ideas, debate, and dialogue.
The course will examine how a “capitalist realism” worldview has come to dominate the way we organize the political economy to satisfy human needs and wants. The course will explore the more salient consequences of this orientation and connect these phenomena with the essential features of this form of late-stage capitalism.
This year, among other topics, we will be examining the most recent developments in global conflict (including the ongoing war in Ukraine), the still evolving climate emergency, and the widening gulf in extreme wealth inequality on a global scale.
The course content will consist of two weekly, pre-recorded lectures (available for viewing at participants’ convenience), as well as presentations with social change practitioners (on Tuesdays) and weekly live online Q & A sessions with the instructors (on Thursdays).