Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Levellers Association

Call for sponsors of a Levellers Association
We are currently organising the launch of a Levellers Association which would aim to popularise the history and heritage of the Levellers and other radicals in the English Revolution. It would seek to involve students, researchers and academics with amateur historians, 17th century re-enactors, publishers, artists, battlefield preservation societies, trade unionists, and campaigners who want to deepen our knowledge of the English Revolution.

The project is at an early stage but current sponsors include: Tony Benn, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Geoffrey Robertson QC, author of The Tyrannicide Brief, Jim Holstun, author of Ehud's Dagger, Ann Hughes, Professor of Early Modern History at Keele University, Neil Faulkner, editor of Military Times, Andrew Murray, Director of Communications for Unite the Union. Dr John Gurney, Visiting Fellow Newcastle University, Caryl Churchill, playwright. Rev. Hammer, songwriter, Dr Rachel Foxley, University of Reading, Philip Baker, Senior Research Officer at the Centre for Metropolitan History, Dr Ariel Hessayon, Goldsmiths, University of London, Mike Simons, John Westmoreland, Head of History, York College, Jane Shallice, Lindsey German, national convenor, Stop the War Coalition, Dr Geoff Kennedy, University of Ulster, Marcus Rediker, University of Pittsburgh, co-author (with Peter Linebaugh), The Many-Headed Hydra, Joel Kovel, Editor in Chief, Capitalism Nature Socialism, Dr Pete Woodcock, University of Huddersfield, Norah Carlin, author of The Causes of the English Revolution, The Socialist History Society, Dominic Alexander, books editor, Counterfire magazine, Rowan Wilson, Sales and Marketing Director, Verso Books, Clare Solomon, President-elect, University of London Union, Seumas Milne, Guardian columnist, Syd Fogarty, Jon France, Nottingham University,
Matthew Caygill, Leeds Metropolitan University, Dr Keith Flett, London Socialist Historians Group, Andrew Milner, Monash University, author of John Milton and the English Revolution
Kate Connolly, University of Paris.

This letter is being circulated on history, academic, trade union and activists lists in the hope of widening he sponsorship base of the project. Please do let us know if you would like to become a sponsor of the Levellers Association. We are aiming to hold an initial organising meeting on Saturday 22nd May, at 1pm in Room B104, the School of Oriental and African Studies Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG (nearest tube Russell Square). If you would like to attend or if you have any ideas that you would like discussed at the meeting please do let us know. Please respond to this email address: info@theleveller.org.uk

We hope that people can help us establish a website, newsletter, conferences, education packs, publications, artistic events and so on...but there is absolutely no obligation on individual sponsors to do any of this.

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