The Dreamer and the Dream: Afrofuturism and Prophetic Visions of Blackness

A talk by Dr. Roger Sneed: Afrofuturism as a way of Black people expressing
their identity through speculative fictions is fairly new, and yet it is not new. We
can trace the Black use of speculative fiction to articulate visions of Blackness
and critique white supremacy back to W.E.B. DuBois’s 1920 short story “The
Comet.” However, Afrofuturism has made a resurgence, due in part to the
phenomenal success of Black Panther, ongoing interest in the work of Octavia
Butler, and the rise of the “blerd” (a portmanteau of “black” and “nerd”).

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Saidiya Hartman in Conversation

Saidiya Hartman will discuss her book, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, which explores the ways young black women created forms of intimacy and kinship indifferent to the dictates of respectability, and outside the bounds of law. They refused to labor like slaves or to accept degrading conditions of work. Hartman narrates the story of this radical transformation of black intimate and social life, crediting young black women with shaping a cultural movement that transformed the urban landscape.

Workshop: Navigating Gender in Academia

Organized by the UCLA Career Center
Panel discussion and scenario practice to help graduate students learn how to navigate gender-based issues in academia, including unwanted, inappropriate behavior from faculty, staff, and peers; exclusionary behavior and practices; and gender-specific concerns like breast-feeding.

Date: Friday, March 8, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location: Royce 314

Register online

Documentary Film & Discussion: "Brave Girl Rising"

An event in honor of International Women's Day 2019, a film screening and discussion will examine the crucial issue of how to educate girls in refugee camps.

"Brave Girl Rising" (click to view trailer) tells how a courageous girl, inspired by the magical dreams of her mother and the sisterhood of her friends, succeeds in getting the education she deserves. It is a celebration of the hope, strength and imagination of one girl determined to get her education, despite the harsh realities of life in Dadaab, one of the world’s largest refugee camps.


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