Chomsky Live at the Tucson Festival of Books

MARCH 15 2015
4:00 PM

NOAM CHOMSKY is an esteemed American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. He is a Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has authored over 100 books, and is a prominent cultural figure and one of the world's most prominent public intellectuals. He is a longtime contributor to The Nation magazine.


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 cocktail reception nearby.  Space is limited. 


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.
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 621-3341

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get tickets to attend Chomsky’s lecture?
General admission tickets must be picked up in person. Tickets are available on the day of the session, Sunday, March 15,  beginning at 12:00 noon from the Centennial Hall Box Office.  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 with a different ticketing system from the other events at the Festival of Books.
Only those who have purchased post-session reception tickets have reserved seats. To learn more about how to purchase a reception ticket, please click here.

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

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 here to see a map of the overflow locations.

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 I be able to ask questions at the lecture?
Yes, you can ask questions by XXXXXXXXXXXXX (2shoeapp will be set up soon)

Will Professor 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. (Lydia said they are working on this)