Noam Chomsky and Laray Polk

NOAM CHOMSKY was born in Philadelphia in 1928. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania where he received his PhD in linguistics in 1955. He joined the staff at MIT and was appointed Institute Professor in 1976, gaining international renown for his contributions to the understanding of language acquisition. He became famous as a radical intellectual with the publication of his book, Manufacturing Consent, in 1988. Chomsky has written and lectured widely on linguistics, philosophy, intellectual history, contemporary issues, international affairs and US foreign policy. His views have profoundly influenced both scientific and political thought around the world.

LARAY POLK was born in Durant, Oklahoma and now lives in Dallas, Texas. She is a multimedia artist and writer. Her articles and investigative reports have appeared in the Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, and In These Times. As a 2009 grant recipient from The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, she produced stories on the political entanglements and compromised science behind the establishment of a radioactive waste disposal site in Texas, situated in close proximity to the Ogallala Aquifer.