Chomsky Live at the Tucson Festival of Books

MARCH 15, 2015
4:00-5:00 PM (DOORS OPEN 3:00 PM)

The UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is partnering with the Tucson Festival of Books and The Nation magazine to bring Noam Chomsky to Tucson. The Nation is celebrating its 150th anniversary with events around the country, including Tucson. The festival session, "A Conversation with Noam Chomsky," will include an interview with John Nichols, the Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Nation. They will be introduced by the Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, John Paul Jones III.


Reception ticket holders will enjoy premiere seating in Centennial Hall during the session. Following the session, ticket holders are invited join Dr. Chomsky for a reception nearby.  Space is limited. Purchase tickets here.


General Admission tickets are free and will be available at the Centennial Hall box office at noon on Sunday, March 15.

Map showing Centennial Hall location


1020 E. University Blvd.

Driving Directions

From the east:
Take Speedway Boulevard west to Park Avenue. Turn left.

From the west:
Take Speedway Boulevard east to Park Avenue. Turn right.

From the northwest:  
Take Oracle Road or I-10 south to Speedway Boulevard. Travel east to Park Avenue. Turn right.


How can I get tickets to attend Chomsky’s session at the Tucson Festival of Books?
General admission tickets must be picked up in person at the Centennial Hall Box Office. Tickets are available on the day of the session, Sunday, March 15,  beginning at 12:00 noon from the box office (1020 E. University Blvd.).  Max of four tickets per person, please.  

Can seats be reserved in advance?
Sorry, but general admission tickets cannot be reserved in advance online or by calling the Centennial Hall Box Office. Because of the anticipated demand, this session is being hosted at Centennial Hall, a special large-capacity venue (seats 2,500) with a different ticketing system from the other sessions at the Tucson Festival of Books. Only sponsors of the event have limited reserved seating.

How early do I need to get there to make sure I get a ticket to Centennial Hall?
As with any free event, we cannot anticipate the demand. We encourage you to pick up your ticket as early as possible on Sunday, March 15th after the Centennial Hall box office opens at 12:00 noon. 

Where can I park?
Visitors to the Tucson Festival of Books may park free-of-charge in any of the garages, permitted spaces, or surface lots available on the UA campus with the exception of:

  • 2nd Street Garage (reserved for Authors and Festival VIP’s)
  • Designated handicapped spaces (always reserved for those with handicapped permits)
  • Locations designated as 24-hour reserved spaces

The nearest garage to Centennial Hall is the Tyndall Avenue Garage (address 880 E 4 St.), just east of Euclid Ave. and south of University Blvd.

To download a printable .pdf of available parking at the Tucson Festival of books, please click here.

Can I bring large bags and backpacks to the lecture?
We encourage audience goers to leave backpacks and large bags at home.  For security purposes, there will be a bag check upon entrance to Centennial Hall.

Will there be a sign language interpreter at the lecture?
Yes. Reserved seating area will be provided for hearing impaired. Upon your arrival, please let the ushers know and they will direct you.

Will there be an overflow site in case I can’t get into Centennial Hall?
Yes, there will be three overflow locations within short walking distance to Centennial Hall:
Social Sciences Building, Room 100
Cesar Chavez Building, Room 111
CESL (Center for English as a Second Language), Room 102
Click on the building name to get the map.

Will the lecture be streamed or taped?
The lecture will not be streamed live, but it will be videotaped and available for viewing within a few weeks of the lecture. You will be able to go to to view the lecture.

Will Dr. Chomsky be able to sign my book?
No, there will not be a book signing.  However, you can purchase Chomsky’s most recent book, “Masters of Mankind: Essays & Lectures, 1969-2013“ with a signature plate at the UA Bookstore.

Can I ask Dr. Chomsky a question?
Attendees can submit questions via 2Shoes, an app that allows attendees to submit questions both before and during the session. To ask a question, go to on any device with a web-browser.  Enter your question, and see other questions that have been asked. Through the app, you can vote on your favorite questions. The questions will the most votes will rise to the top and be addressed by Mr. Chomsky!"

About Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky is an esteemed American linguist, cognitive scientist, political commentator, and activist. He is a Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has authored more than 100 books, and is one of the world's most prominent public intellectuals. He is a longtime contributor to The Nation magazine.

About John Nichols
John Nichols writes about politics for The Nation magazine and is the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and dozens of other newspapers. He is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media an esteemed American linguist, cognitive scientist, political commentator, and activist.