#GBCTalks: Let’s Talk About Afrofuturism
By Musselman Library
Do you enjoy reading and discussing books? Are you interested in Afrofuturism? Do you find it hard to say no to a free book? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should sign for the next #GBCTalks series.
#GBCTalks is a book-based discussion program designed to facilitate conversation about difficult issues in the Gettysburg College community and beyond. This semester, we will read Parable of the Sower, a novel by Octavia E. Butler. Butler is popularly known as the first African American woman writer of science fiction. Parable of the Sower is a dystopic novel often compared to The Handmaid’s Tale.
Not sure if you’re up for science fiction? Butler’s work transcends the category and is often discussed as part of the Afrofuturism movement, which engages the intersections among black culture, the imagination, technology, liberation, and mysticism. Professor Stefanie Sobelle teaches a course on Afrofuturism and will provide an introduction to the book at our first meeting.
All discussions are in Glatfelter Lodge from noon-1:00 p.m. Feel free to bring your lunch (snacks will be provided). To participate, please commit to the five-part series:
Wednesday, February 7th – Participants will receive paperback copies of the book at this meeting, as well as hear an introduction to the book by Professor Sobelle.
Wednesday, February 14th – discuss chapters 1-7
Wednesday, February 21st – discuss chapters 8-13
Wednesday, February 28th – discuss chapters 14-19
Wednesday, March 7th – discuss chapters 20-25 (to end)
Learn more and sign up to participate at http://libguides.gettysburg.edu/gbctalks/parable. This program is organized by Musselman Library and the Office of Multicultural Engagement, with support from the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.