“Imagination Unlimited: Fantasy Fiction and Black Literature” with NK Jemisin - Celebrating Black Speculative Fiction Month
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)
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“Imagination Unlimited: Speculative Fiction and Black Literature”
Wednesday, October 19, 2016; 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 pm)
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
Edison O. Jackson Auditorium
1638 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11225
The New York Chapter of the State of Black Science Fiction in collaboration with the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, will present a panel discussion on speculative fiction within the Black Literary Arts. To this day, new voices are emerging in the field of speculative fiction. Voices that tell of our humanity as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston once did (and still do), albeit with rivers of alien worlds and gods enslaved. Speculative fiction does not just entertain, but informs us that to imagine beyond ourselves is as human as the fight for freedom and acknowledgement of said humanity. The invited panelists are outspoken voices against the oppressive actions of institutions that effect not just Americans but all who struggle to be seen as part of the human race.
Invited participants: Dexter Clark, PhD. (Phenderson Djeli Clark), author and historian whose 2014 symposium detailing the literary history of Black Speculative Fiction in America serves as the inspiration for the program; N. K. Jemisin, author of The Inheritance Trilogy, Dreamblood Duology, Broken Earth series, and numerous published works of short fiction; and Balogun Ojetade, independent author from Atlanta who has published fantasy, steampunk (alternative history, fantasy horror, and noir pulp).
When & Where
Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY
Spearheaded by Dr. Brenda M. Greene, the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College builds on the tradition and legacy of the National Black Writers Conference and serves as a voice, mecca, and resource for black writers and the general public to study the literature of people from the African Diaspora. It is the only Center devoted to this in the country.