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Fink Philosophy – Protest Party!

April 17, 2011

Date: Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Time: 12 noon onwards (tentative)

Venue: Greenwich University Campus, watch this space for finalised meeting spot

(Time and building subject to change based on when and what room can be booked for event; event may last all day).

The next stage in our Save Philosophy At Greenwich Campaign.

The protest on Friday protest was great! We blockaded the entrance to the King William building for a few hours. Police were called onto the scene when protesters refused to budge from their positions sitting at the entrance, but left after talking to security for more than half an hour without even approaching protesting students and friends!

Nevertheless, we’ve got continue to step things up to make our voices heard. If you have loud friends, bring them. I’ll be bringing Lloyd (inside joke,don’t worry), to step it up a gear. Management will be having a meeting to set the agenda for the Council meeting on the 5th of May that will determine the fate of the philosophy programme, and we have to make sure we’re on the agenda in a manner in which the decision to close the programme can be stopped!

There will be music, with a stereo courtesy of the folks at the Bigger Society Sound System; do bring instruments and practically anything that will get us noticed — make noise to get us on the agenda. Art supplies to make banners, posters. Really, if you have an idea, bring it (whatever it may be), with the adequate supplies, and we’ll do it. If you can bake, bake cakes. Any food and drink brought will be very much appreciated. Free thought against Finkelstein (FFAF) to have a real good time!

See you there!

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Urgent: Protest Tomorrow!

April 14, 2011

On Wednesday, 13 April 2011, 5 people from the Save Philosophy at Greenwich Campagin went and sat outside the office of Professor Joanne Finkelstein, the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. She repeatedly refused to see us despite waiting for hours. In response we have decided to hold a protest tomorrow, 15 April 2011 (Friday) to make our voices heard by those who would rather ignore us than engage in meaningful discussion.

Date: Friday, 15 April 2011

Venue: Outside King William Building (where the Dean’s office is) (Directions and Campus Plan here)

Time: 12 noon

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=180689715312064

Download the leaflet HERE and circulate it around!

Please spread the word among your friends and come along! We hope to have representatives from unions and anti-cuts groups there tomorrow!

Speakers’ Corner Event: Thank You!

April 11, 2011

A huge thanks to everyone who showed up for the Speakers’ Corner event on Saturday. Turnout was good given the somewhat short notice, and the vibe was positive. We also managed to collect 380 signatures for the petition! Our next event is due to be announced soon, so watch this space!

Here are some photos from the event:

Press Coverage Roundup

April 7, 2011

Here are a number of links to the press coverage thus far, including two new articles just published today!

The Wharf – ‘Greenwich Philosophy Students are speaking out’ (7 April 2011)

News Shopper – ‘University of Greenwich is set to axe the single honours philosophy degree course’ (7 April 2011)

Times Higher Education – ‘Hundreds sign petition to save philosophy at Greenwich’ (6 April 2011)

Topnews US – ‘Save Philosophy at Greenwich’ (1 April 2011)

The Wharf – ‘Philosophy department to fight closure plans’ (31 March 2011)

Email List for Updates, General Planning etc.

April 5, 2011

We now have an email list for general planning and announcements. Please join by clicking the link below:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/savegreenwichphilosophy/

Note: The earlier typo in the group’s name has been rectified.

UPDATED: Come to The Greenwich Speakers’ Corner this Saturday!

April 5, 2011

We have decided the first public protest about this decision is to be setting up our own speakers’ corner in Greenwich where, among other things, the value of the study of philosophy will be affirmed and the unique position of the Greenwich philosophy department in the higher education system in the UK will be put forward.

Date: Saturday, 9 April 2011.

Time: 2pm

Venue: Near Queen Anne Building, Greenwich University (Directions and Campus Plan here)

RSVP to the Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=194114017299186

Sign the Petition!

April 5, 2011

We’ve got nearly a thousand signatures at the moment. Thanks to everyone who has signed the petition!

Nevertheless, we would of course like even more people to do so, so if you haven’t signed it yet, do click on the link below and do the right thing! If you have already, spread the word to your friends via Facebook, Twitter, email and word of mouth!

Petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petition/44349.html