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Afrofuturism; Inspiring Us to Dream Bigger (Virtual)
February 23 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 23 | 3:30 PM
Webinar via Zoom & Facebook Live
Afrofuturism —the merging of Black history and culture with science fiction, science, technology and art— inspires us to reimagine the past and speculate about the future. This speculation has long had an environmental spin.
How has this cultural genre inspired scientists and creatives to dream bigger and imagine themselves limitless? Looking back, we see Afrofuturism powerhouses like Octavia Butler (Parable of a Sower) who wrote about a speculated year 2020 that sounds eerily like our current reality, a world affected by climate change and pollution. Afrofuturism authors can make these startling predictions because they do not guess about the future; they pay attention to the present and try and look beyond.
Join us in an informal discussion with Afrofuturism creators inspired by those who came before:
Panelists: Ytasha Womack (Author of Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture, Artist & Director), Kemi Layeni (Local artist & Founder of Blooming While Black), Cheyney McKnight (Artist, Educator & Founder of Not Your Momma’s History).