Sowing Parables: Octavia Butler, Resource Justice and a Shift in Values
Tuesday October 18th
Stanford L. Warren Library
1201 Fayetteville Street
Durham, North Carolina 27707
The first in the “The Survival Series” Black Feminism for the Future” this lecture draws on the relevance of black feminist Science Fiction writer Octavia Butler’s “Parable of the Sower” and “Parable of the Talents” to offer an urgent and empowering perspective on our present-day resource crises. Black Feminist scholar Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs will provide context and a framework for a visionary approach to everyday life in the context of shifting planet followed by a Q & A and talk back with organizers and experts from the food justice movement.
- Time: 02 March · 19:00 - 21:00
- Location: Mission Creek Cafe, 968 Valencia St (between 21st St & Liberty St), San Francisco, CA
- WHO: All members of the Carl Brandon Society (or folks who are interested in becoming members) who are in the San Francisco Bay Area at the time.
WHAT: Let’s hang out and fill in some of the articles on CBS’s wiki!
Via badgerbag. Details on the Facebook page.
This immediately reminded me of Dorian:
FUN: Fans of the Carmen Sandiego computer-game franchise and its TV game show adaptation won’t want to miss a real-life Carmen Sandiego game being organized by Improv in Toronto this weekend. Our sources tell us that an artifact of great significance has been stolen by the raven-haired, trench-coated criminal mastermind. A double agent will be stationed at the appointed meeting place, ready to direct detectives to other agents who have information on Sandiego’s whereabouts and how to recover the stolen property. Be careful, gumshoes: as Rockapella warns, “she’s a sticky-fingered filcher from Berlin down to Belize.” Start at corner of Bay and King streets, Saturday 3–6 p.m., FREE.
Extremely tempted to go to this, mostly because I KICKED ASS at the computer game when I was a kid. But really I should be a grown-up and stay home and work on web stuff. Actual web stuff, not Tumblr.
A free writing and arts group for 16- to 25-year-olds, meeting Tuesday nights at the Parkdale library starting October 19! TTC tokens, snacks, accessible venue.
Work directly with writers like: Nalo Hopkinson (author of The New Moon’s Arms and Skin Folk), Lillian Allen (dub poet and author of Psychic Unrest), Kristyn Dunnion (author of Moshpit and Big Big Sky), Willow Dawson (graphic novelist,Lila and Ecco’s DIY Comics Club and 100 Mile House), Martin Mordecai (journalist and author of Blue Mountain Trouble), Mariko Tamaki (graphic novelist, Skim and Emiko Superstar), Mindbender (hip hop M.C. and journalist), Emily Pohl-Weary (author of A Girl Like Sugar and Strange Times at Western High)
What will we do?
- Write about real life
- Produce song lyrics and poems
- Create our own comics
- Read/write film scripts
- Find and make art
- Publish your work
- Get advice from professionals
- Choose other kinds of writing
Parkdale Branch, Toronto Public Library (basement auditorium)
1303 Queen Street West, Toronto
Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m.
Starts October 19, 2010!
Via Nalo Hopkinson on Twitter:
SATURDAY, 23 OCTOBER 2010
Music Room, Hart House
7 Hart House Circle
Canadian speculative fiction has been increasingly recognized internationally for the calibre of its authors and their insight into the nature of social and religious identities, the implications of new technologies, and the relationship between humankind and its environments. We use the term “speculative fiction” in order to free ourselves from the weighted associations of terms such as “science fiction,” “horror,” and “fantasy”—terms which have become calcified over time, associated with only a narrow range of generic conventions. At their best, these stories disrupt habits, overcome barriers of cultural perception to make the familiar strange through the use of speculative elements such as magic and technology. They provide glimpses of alternate realities and possible futures and pasts that provoke an ethical, social, political, environmental and biological inquiry into what it means to be human.
We will run six 45-minute speakers’ workshops/lectures from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with a one-hour break for lunch and 15 minute coffee breaks throughout. These workshops/lectures will each feature a major Canadian speculative fiction author who will address a topic of interest to the writing community. From 7:30 PM until midnight, we will host a series of author readings that showcase emergent and experienced Canadian speculative fiction writers.
For more updates on new lecturers and readers, follow us on Facebook!
Class In Session
For Toronto folks:
FREEDOM SCHOOL IS BACK WITH CYCLE 11!
SEPT 28 – NOV 30
TUESDAYS, 6 – 8:30pm
167 AUGUSTA, KENSINGTON MARKET
10 weeks of creative writing and arts workshops facilitated by Shaunga Tagore and guests, featuring the stuff they don’t teach you in school:
- back to freedom school basics, and the stories only you can tell
- letters to our ancestors, elders, and/or those who paved our ways
- challenging cultures of violence, building cultures of support
- special guest facilitators, musician/writer Vivek Shraya and migrant justice group No One Is Illegal!
- and more!
come to be heard, to listen, to learn
to inspire and be inspired
to ground and re-group
to take and make space in the revolution
because the revolution is here and the revolution is you!
ALL WORKSHOPS ARE FREE, FOOD AND TTC TOKENS ARE AVAILABLE
Additional notes: extremely queer- and trans-positive (and by that I mean pretty much everyone is queer and/or trans*); venue is inaccessible (flight of stairs into basement).