King’s College London, 27th February, 11.00am – 4.00pm
Hosted by: King’s UCU, The No Cuts @ King’s Campaign, and the London Education Activists Network
Education is under attack. Up to a third of university funding - £2.5bn – is to be cut, 30 universities could shut down and over 14,000 lecturers may lose their jobs.
Big businesses exert more and more control over the university system. Cuts in student places and higher fees could exclude many people from higher education altogether.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Education workers are lobbying for strike action, following the victory at Tower Hamlets College. Students are protesting across Europe, organising occupations to stop neoliberal reforms – and taking control of campuses for another kind of education.
This February we will be hosting a day of alternative lectures and tutorials in King’s College London to bring together staff and students to celebrate what education could be – and to prepare for the battles ahead.
Initial line up includes:
Terry Eagleton: literary critic Michael Rosen: poet, children’s author and education campaigner Alex Callinicos: lecturer and radical theorist Juan Carlos Piedra: Justice For Cleaners Activists from Ireland and Austria Education workers who have led successful strikes Voices from students and campaigns around the country (Other speakers – to be announced)
Alternative Lectures and Tutorials include: *The crisis in our universities and the battle for education * Education for liberation – what could our education look like? * The corporate takeover of our universities * How do we fight for free education? * Building fighting unions * Education for all – challenging Islamophobia, racism and the points based immigration system * The tasks ahead – building resistance that can win
I am a Visiting Fellow in the College of Social Science at the University of Lincoln. I was previously a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Education at Anglia Ruskin University (2014-15). Prior to that, I was previously a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies at the University of Northampton. My interests are in Marxist educational theory, the future of the human and social time. The Rikowski family web site, The Flow of Ideas can be found at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk,
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