December 7th 2008 will be his 80th birthday.
Manchester will host activists and scholars who will come together to discuss, share and debate around the issues that Chomsky has worked on (and one or two that he hasn't!).
Neither worshipping nor condemning, the focus is not on Chomsky the man or the theorist, but exploring the current developments on issues he has written about (media, human rights, US foreign policy) and some others he hasn't written much about- climate change, the role and responsibilities of solidarity movements and more.
Speakers include David Miller of Strathclyde University, who's written widely on media spin in Iraq, Ireland and global power politics, and Milan Rai, anti-war activist and editor of Peace News.