Science Fiction and Multiraciality: From Octavia Butler to Harry Potter
Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)
How do science fiction films and stories investigate questions about identity, racism, and fear? Join us for fun, interactive presentation and dialogue about mixed-race identity in the Harry Potter franchise, the legacy of African-American sci-fi author Octavia Butler, and the role of the imaginary in destabilizing oppression and re-envisioning multiracial community. We will be debunking myths, talking back to popular sci-fi movies and stories, and exploring new possibilities for racial justice through imagination. We will explore racial elements of popular fictional universes, participate in collective storytelling, and we encourage dressing up as your favorite sci-fi character! Presenters include: Eric Hamako from University of Massachusetts Amherst on Harry Potter and the Mistaken Myth of the Mixed-Race Messiah, and Walidah Imarisha, Co-Editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements.
This event is part of Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations, an oral history and public programming series that explores the history and experiences of mixed-race people and families in Brooklyn.
For more information, visit: www.cbbg.brooklynhistory.org
Light refreshments will be served.
Photo credit: Copyright Wayne D. Barlowe,1988.