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The New Children’s Museum most recent exhibit, Octavia E. Butler: Seeding Futures, opens to the public on Saturday March 9th!

To celebrate the launch of this groundbreaking exhibit, we are hosting an Octavia E. Butler: Seeding Futures  conversation to discuss the life, legacy, and global influence of Octavia E. Butler on Saturday, March 9 from 2-3 pm. We will explore how Butler’s work shapes our understanding of community and the future. The dialog will take place at the beautiful UC San Diego Park & Market, located Downtown in East Village. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required to attend.  Click here to register.

Meet Our Panelists:

Ayana Jamieson, PhD (she/her) | Moderator

Advising Curator of the Octavia E. Butler: Seeding Futures exhibit and founder of the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network

Dr. Ayana Jamieson is an educator, mythologist, and depth psychologist. She is the founder of the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network, a global community founded in 2011, committed to highlighting Octavia Butler’s life and work while creating new works inspired by Butler’s legacy. Ayana’s essay, “Far Beyond the Stars” contains methods for curating your own archive and appears in the Black Futures anthology. Her writing also appears in 51 Feminist Thinkers, Uneven Futures: Strategies for Community Survival from Speculative Fiction, Sierra, Public Books, and elsewhere. Dr. Jamieson is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and African American Studies at California State University Polytechnic, Pomona.

American Artist(they/them): | Panelist

Contemporary artist

American Artist makes thought experiments that mine the history of technology, race, and knowledge production, beginning with their legal name change in 2013. Artist is a recipient of the Herb Alpert Award in Visual Art and a Creative Capital grantee. They are alumni of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and have exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum; Studio Museum in Harlem; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; and Nam June Paik Center, Seoul. Artist is a co-director of the School for Poetic Computation and a core faculty at Yale School of Art.

Lynell George (she/her) | Panelist

Journalist, writer and author of A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia Butler

Lynell George is an award-winning L.A.-based journalist and essayist. Her work explores urban histories, sense of place, visual art, music and literature. A former staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly, her pieces have appeared in publications including The New York Times, Sierra, Alta Journal, and Oxford American. She is the author of four books of nonfiction: No Crystal Stair; African Americans in the City of Angels; After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame; and A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler, which was a 2021 Hugo Award Finalist.

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Octavia E. Butler: Seeding Futures Panel

Mar 9, 2024 2pm-3pm


Please note, the panel will take place at UC San Diego Park & Market, located at 1100 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101 in Downtown in East Village.