Reinstatement of PIC's TA/GA Funding Lines sign now

We, the undersigned, petition Binghamton University to immediately reinstate the full 12 TA/GA funding lines for the Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture (PIC) program.

The PIC Program offers graduate and undergraduate courses unlike any other in the country. PIC begins by balancing Western philosophy with the exploration of non-Western traditions, specifically critical thinking that has emerged from African, Indigenous, Asian, Caribbean, Women of Color, Post-colonial, Decolonial histories and other traditionally marginalized knowledges. In PIC, students question what gets to be counted as knowledge as well as (re)consider contemporary issues from wholly new perspectives. Unlike other interdisciplinary programs, PIC does more than simply bridge pre-existing disciplines. It expands the meanings of interdisciplinarity by formulating intellectual projects that cannot be contained within any traditional understanding of the disciplines.

In the last 2 years the university has cut 9 of our TA/GA lines, including 5 within the past few months. The Dean of the Graduate School and the Dean of Harpur College on behalf of Binghamton University point to budgetary difficulties as the primary reason for de-funding the program. This de-funding is in stark contrast with the Universitys commitment to diversity and the inclusion of all its members. The de-funding also reflects a contradiction with the commitment of the university not to close any programs during this budgetary crisis. Regardless of intent, these cuts effectively condemn the program to closure.

Since, the PIC program makes possible innovative research and scholarship, Binghamton University is in a unique position to stand in favor of marginalized knowledges, promoting "breadth through depth," while leading the academic community with vision and integrity.

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