Events for the next week and a half

Hey folks, here is a list of some events coming up over the next week and a half. It’s a real mixed bag, so without further ado.

 

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Mon 10th to Friday 14th
Convergence
The Kibble Palace of the Botanic Gardens
1000 – 1615

An exhibition of individual and collaborative sculptural works by Craig Betney and Jenny Muirhead.

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Mon 10th February
Glasgow Solidarity Network Big Meet-up
Electron Club Room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
1900 – 2100

This is an open meeting to introduce people to GSN and what we do, and to discuss how we can make our network open to people getting involved.

We warmly invite everybody with an interest in cooperating with the Network or simply with an interest in what we do to come along and get involved in the conversation. We are even keen to hear about down-sides to how we are going about things so we can improve in the future.

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Tue 11th February
Clydeside IWW Branch Meeting
Electron Club Room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
1900 – 2100

The IWW is a union for all! So whether you are looking for a union to join or are just sick of your current reformist union lacking the backbone to take on a fight, we can help in the fight to win.

Our Clydeside branch meetings are on the second Tuesday of every month. If you would like to attend then please contact us in advance via clydeside@iww.org.uk

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Thu 13th February
FAIL BETTER Febroooary
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL
2000

Valentine, condoms, weed, amethysts, Black History, grapefruits, water, dancing devils & purification… ooooh, it’s February! Mosey on down for a night of scintillating strummings and stories as we strive to fail fail fail and fail better.

there will be rhymes and raps fae Glasgow’s LOUIE

DECLAN WELSH will be battering out the tunes

fantastical melodies from CHRISSY BARNACLE

poems a plenty from AMAL EL MUTAL

AMY SHIPWA returns with dazzling words

thumpin melodies aplenty fae BOBBY NICHOLSON

if that’s not enough for you, the shimmering BECCI WALLACE will be hosting the evenin!

YER IN FOR A TREAT! As always, it’s free entry but do chuck in some pennies to cover the artists’ bus fares/ sweetie habits.

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Tue 18th February
Does austerity harm health?
The Teacher Building, St Enoch Square, Glasgow, G1 4DB
1630 – 1800

More than 6 years after the beginning of the Great Recession, constraints on financial resources continue to affect European health systems. As new data steadily becomes available, there has been growing debate on the consequences of the crisis and how best to respond. Some countries are implementing substantial reductions to health and social welfare spending, while others have made additional efforts to protect the most vulnerable. The debate extends to whether these policies are impacting health. Some governments deny any serious problems, indeed pointing to research suggesting recessions may be good for individual’s health. Others point to emerging problems, such as increases in consultations for mental illness, suicides, outbreaks of infectious diseases, and shortages of essential medication. Policy-makers debate whether austerity is the right approach to the crisis and whether the human cost of austerity is an unfortunate but necessary consequence of the financial crisis.

The session will: 1) Review what has happened to public spending, particularly on health and social welfare, in the EU since the start of the financial crisis. 2) Summarise the impact of the economic crisis on population health and access to health services in Europe. 3) Draw lessons from the recession on mitigating the effect of economic downturns for people’s health and health systems.

Aaron Reeves works in the Department of Sociology and Nuffield College at the University of Oxford, where he is working an EU-funded project (DEMETRIQ) with Dr. David Stuckler examining natural experiments in relation to poverty-reduction and health as well as exploring the impact of the recession and austerity on health outcomes. Prior to his time at Oxford he worked briefly at the University of Cambridge and completed his PhD in Applied Social & Economic Research with the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex.

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Tue 18th February
PubhD: Can you explain your PhD to a layperson?
The Old Hairdressers, 20-28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH
1900-2130

And now for something completely different!

Three PhD* students will explain their research to a bunch of people in the pub, in exchange for a pint or two. If you’d like to be one of these three people, please get in touch at http://glasgowskeptics.com/pubhd-contact

Each speaker will have 10 minutes to talk about their subject area, before we throw the floor open to the audience who can ask questions for up to 20 minutes. The format should lead to a more informal and conversational atmosphere than most lecture events, and hopefully we can continue for drinks downstairs once the event itself is at an end.

*If you’re a PhD, EngD or EdD student, or a post-doc (or involved in any research that you can talk about), please do get in touch!

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Wed 19th February
Anti-Atos National Demo
Glasgow Assessment Centre, Corunna House, 29 Cadogan St, Glasgow G2 7RD
1100 – 1730

This protest is happening alongside a of a day of action against Atos taking place throughout the whole of Britain.

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Wed 19th February
Eduction as the Practice of Freedom
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carringdon Street, Glasgow, G4 9AJ.
1845 – 2100

“There is no such thing as a neutral educational process. Education either functions as an instrument that is used to facilitate the integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes “the practice of freedom,” the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” – Paulo Freire

Anarchists have a long and illustrious history of involvement within education, with interventions in libertarian education as notable as Ferrer’s Escuela Moderna, and the Free Skools, right through into the contemporary spaces of Social Centres. As a movement, Anarchism has historically emphasised the importance of the role of education – whether as a domesticating tool of oppression or as a prefiguring and liberating force – with a concern rarely echoed in other political perspectives.

While naturally touching on some of that history, this talk will mainly be concerned with the understanding that radicalism presents us with a fundamentally educational space, and will consider this in light of the work of Paulo Freire, among others. Though identifying outside of the specific Anarchist tradition, Freire’s work within Popular Education can be easily understood as broadly libertarian, and with implications and prospects for Anarchism. Though the talk will highlight the role of informal education, contributions and reflections on all modes are welcome and expected in the discussion following.

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Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs are appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We ask that all those attending this event read the first page of our safer spaces policy here: http://tinyurl.com/GlasgowAF

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