*UPDATED*: The Octavia E. Butler Celebration of Arts & Activism-2014


April 16-17, 2014| Beginning at 12:00 p.m.

Spelman College

During the Octavia E. Butler Celebration, attendees will explore ways in which the connection between Afrofuturism and social justice correlate with present-day issues facing people of color, such as poverty, voting rights and mass incarceration.

The celebration, free and open to the public, is the culminating event of Tananarive Due’s second consecutive year as Cosby Chair. As chair, Due has expanded the College’s curricular offerings with an emphasis on creative writing, screenwriting and speculative fiction—particularly the works of Octavia E. Butler. Butler, a pioneer in the science fiction genre, was the recipient of Hugo and Nebula Awards and a MacArthur Genius Grant.

Schedule of Events

Day 1

12-2pm: Black Science Fiction Short Film Showcase| Cosby Academic Center Auditorium

2:30-4pm: Tales of the Conjure Woman: Reading with Nnedi Okorafor and Tananarive Due| Museum of Fine Art

5-7pm: Panel Discussion with Adrienne Maree Brown, Junot Diaz, Tananarive Due, dream hampton, John Jennings, Bree Newsome and Nnedi Okorafor| Cosby Academic Center Auditorium This event will be streamed live via Spelman College

7pm: Book Signing/Black Science Fiction Books Bazar| Cosby Academic Center Lobby


Day 2

12-2pm: Talk-Back with Afrienne Maree Brown| Emergent Strategies for Social Jusstice| Innis Cosby Reading Room

5:30-7:30pm: Speculative Fiction Writing Workshop with Milton Davis, Balogun Ojetade, Chesya Burke and Valjeanne Jeffers| Opening Remarks by Tananarive Due| Room LL29



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