What does science fiction have to do with social justice?
Come explore on Thursday, April 18, as the Western Reads program hosts three authors from Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, the 2018-2019 Western Reads book. Octavia’s Brood, named in honor of Black feminist sci-fi writer Octavia Butler, is an anthology of radical science fiction written by community organizers and activists.
At 6 p.m. in Fraser Hall 102, co-editor/author Walidah Imarisha and authors Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Gabriel Teodros will present on using the genre of science fiction as a practice ground for social justice. This campus-wide presentation is free and open to the public.
In the morning and afternoon, students have the opportunity to participate in a Zine-Making Workshop or a Collective Sci-Fi Writing Workshop and enjoy lunch with the authors and their fellow students. Participation in these activities requires advance registration, as space is limited, with priority given to first-year students. Interested students can view workshop descriptions and register on the Western Reads website.
Fragrance-Free Events: We request that all participants refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, essential oils, and other fragranced products. These products can trigger serious health issues for those with fragrance allergies and/or chemical sensitivities.
For more information about these activities, please contact Danielle Smith, Western Reads Associate Director, at (360) 650-7546 or Danielle.Smith@wwu.edu.
To learn more about Western Reads and other offerings spring quarter, visit the Western Reads website at westernreads.wwu.edu.