Building Education for the Commons
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“Dr. Jane Doe, Associate Professor at the University of the Universe”
Letter of Support for NCAD Student Action
As academics, administrators, and PhD students, both national and international, we are writing to express our support for the student campaign currently underway at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. The current campaign mirrors those taking place across Europe and further afield and shares with them a common feature: the continued corporatisation of the higher education system to the detriment of the student body.
It is clear that the proposed changes at NCAD will result in cuts to student services, fewer resources, and access to studio space. All will occur against the backdrop of an expanding number of incoming students. It is a clear case of short-sightedness and one we are seeing reproduced across higher-education institutions across the world.
As academics we share our concern with the students that these institutions are distinct from the corporate world and should not seek to emulate it. Rather, we encourage and support the students in their attempt to rescue the identity and core ethos of their institution. It is further important to us that when student bodies show clear dissatisfaction with the trajectory of their institution that this is taken seriously by the administration as a direct signal that the proposed changes are not in line with the educational values that drew them to the institution in the first place.
We ask that the administration take the opportunity to reflect the consequences of their proposals and to remember it is the students who should be the primary consideration in their decision-making process.
Dr. Maria Nikolakaki, Associate Professor, University of Peloponnese.
Slavoj Žižek senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy, University of Ljubljana, Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University and international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.
Dr. David Allen, Sociology Dept. Temple University & The Global Center for Advanced Studies
Dr. Jeremy Fernando, Jean Baudrillard Fellow, European Graduate School & Fellow of Tembusu College, National University of Singapore
Dr. Carl Sachs, Assistant Professor, Marymount University
May Hibri, PhD candidate and teacher assistant at York University, Toronto, Canada
Dr. Peter Thompson, Dept. of Germanic Studies, University of Sheffield
Dr. Michael O’Neill Burns, Department of Philosophy, Loyola University Maryland.
Dr. Steven Shakespeare, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Liverpool Hope University
Prof. Rebecca Weisman, Director of the Art Institute, The Global Center for Advanced Studies
Dr. Stephen Cadwell, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Irish Academy of World Music & Dance, University of Limerick
Randy Dible, student at the Global Center for Advanced Studies
Dr. Creston C. Davis, Founder and Director of the Global Centre for Advanced Studies
Dr. Levi Bryant, Professor of Philosophy, Collin College
Dr. Anthony Paul Smith, Department of Religion, La Salle University
Dr. Heather Davis, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Pennsylvania State University
Robert Jackson, PhD Student, Lancaster University.
Drew Burk, Editor, Univocal. Graduate of The European Graduate School
Taylor Weaver, PhD student in Religious Studies, University of Kent
Dr. Fabio Gironi, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University College Dublin.
Dr. Paul J. Ennis, Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin
Ivey Lufkin, Student at The Global Center for Advanced Studies
Tom Trevatt, PhD Student, Goldsmiths University.
Rory Rowan, Department of Geography, University of Zurich.
Dr. Nick Srnicek, London School of Economics.
Dr James Trafford, University for the Creative Arts
Chris Bond, Administration Staff, University College Dublin.
Dominic Fox, Alumni, Lincoln College, Oxford
Azfar Hussain, Vice-President of The Global Center for Advanced Studies and Prof. at Grand Valley State University
Paul Boshears, PhD candidate, Europäische Universität für Interdisziplinäre Studien | The European Graduate School.
Dr. Katerina Kolozova, University American College-Skopje.
Paul Doody, PhD candidate, Dept. of Philosophy, King’s College London