AFRO-FUTURISM: Considering Blacks in Science Fiction

Date: February 11, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: 2263 Kirkhof Center
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AFRO-FUTURISM: Considering Blacks in Science Fiction through Octavia Butler’s Kindred

Student Panel with Bobby J. Springer, Associate Director Office of Multicultural Affairs

“Dana, a modern black women, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is abruptly snatched from her home in California and transported to the ante-bellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, has summoned her across time to save him drowning. After this first summons, she is drawn back, again and again, to protect Rufus and ensure he will grow to manhood and father the daughter who will become Dana’s ancestor. Each time she arrives in the past, Dana’s sojourns will become more and more dangerous because of Rufus’s obsessive need for her. The reader never knows whether she will survive one journey or the next.” Can Dana finally become free from the pull of the past? If so, how?