When: Thursday, April 18
The Western Reads program will host three authors from “Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements,” the 2018-2019 Western Reads text.
Campus-wide Presentation (open to the public)
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Fraser Hall 102
Co-editor/author Walidah Imarisha and authors Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Gabriel Teodros will present to the campus on using the genre of science fiction as a practice ground for social justice. The event is free and does not require registration.
Workshops & Lunch (students only)
Participation in workshops and lunch is free and limited to students, with priority given to first-year students. These activities require advance registration. Students who are interested in participating in one or more of these activities may sign up here.
Collective Sci-Fi Writing Workshop
11:00 am – 1:00 pm | Old Main Solarium (OM 590)
After a brief presentation on the larger themes of science fiction and social change, the co-editor/authors will lead participants through a collective story-telling/writing workshop where they create collective and individual stories based on current political issues.
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Old Main Solarium (OM 590)
Join the authors and your fellow students for a catered lunch and conversation.
People’s Encyclopedia Zine-Making Workshop
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Old Main Solarium (OM 590)
It has been 50 years since the historic Civil Rights/Liberation Movements of the 1960s and 1970s. In this workshop, participants will imagine themselves 55 years in the future, and engage in writing entries for the People’s Encyclopedia about current issues/events now, as a way of imagining how the world today can lead to the world we want. At the end, each participant will have a zine made during the workshop to take with them.
For more information about these activities, please contact Danielle Smith, Western Reads Associate Director, at (360) 650-7546 or Danielle.Smith@wwu.edu.