African American Read-In 2019
Mark your calendars!
February 10: Community Dinner Program
Afrofuturism Festival and Monday Marathon (readings, activities, games, prizes, refreshments, music)
Keynote Presentation by Jiba Molei Anderson
Featured Author Reading
More information and links to register and to sign up to participate coming soon!
The 2018/19 theme is Afrofuturism. What happens when African American writers imagine alternate histories, (im)possible futures, other dimensions, species, galaxies, and worlds? What happens when the stories they tell are the stories of Black people—male, female, and other-gendered—who are the heroes, explorers, architects, interpreters of these worlds? Students will study speculative works by Black authors in all genres that push the boundaries of the real in order to re-imagine the possible, from folk tales to conjure stories to magic realism to science fiction. This longstanding and robust tradition is centered on critiquing intersecting ideologies of race, gender, class, and sexuality as well as envisioning new opportunities for identity and social justice.
Penn State faculty, staff, students: check out our library resources on this year’s theme!
For more information contact MBS12@PSU.EDU or RLR28@PSU.EDU