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Children's Literature Lecture Series: “We Have Always Dreamed of (Afro)Futures” with Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas
We are in a cultural moment where speculative storytelling reigns supreme. In “We Have Always Dreamed of (Afro)Futures,” I contextualize this moment by tracing a line from the present pandemic moment back to a time of previous pandemic, when The Brownies’ Book first emerged alongside other speculative storytelling. Unfortunately, slavery and its afterlife have overshadowed the Black fantastic storytelling tradition, relegating Black child life to a traumatic collective pasts. Connecting past Black fantastic flights such as those in the genre-defining The Brownies’ Book to the current Afrofuturistic Renaissance reveals that Black creatives and storytellers for children have always dreamed of (Afro)futures.

Event is open to everyone, community members, graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and staff. This lecture is funded by an Instructionally Related Activities Grant

Apr 14, 2021 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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