science fiction

March 4, 2015
kindred

Marc and Lea Are Starting A Book Club! Octavia Butler’s ‘Kindred’ Is First Up

March 4, 2015 - Segment 5 - Blues and Gospel singer Lea Gilmore, Center for Emerging Media's Culture Editor, joins us to introduce the Lea & Marc Book Club. Our first selection is Kindred by Octavia Butler.
February 25, 2015
octavia

Remembering Octavia Butler & Examining Diversity in Science Fiction

February 24, 2015 - Segment 2 - To honor science fiction writer Octavia Butler, who died on February 24, 2006, we examine diversity in the realm of science fiction.
September 7, 2014
cambridge

Why Was Cambridge Teacher Patrick McLaw Suspended?

September 3, 2014 - Segment 5 - We continue our conversation about the Cambridge, Maryland middle school teacher, Patrick McLaw, who was suspended from his teaching duties supposedly for writing a scifi novel about a school shooting that takes place in the year 2902. Recent news updates, though, suggest that this is not the whole story. We talk about what this means for free speech of teachers and the critical potential of scifi.
June 23, 2014
octavia-butler

Remembering Octavia Butler

June 23, 2014 - Segment 4 - We reflect on on the life, work, and legacy of author Octavia Butler, who died in 2006 but would have turned 67 yesterday. With: adrienne maree brown, co-editor of the upcoming anthology Octavia's Brood, sci-fi writer, and Emergent Strategy facilitator; and Dr. DaMaris B. Hill, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky.
October 31, 2013
Emery Jones

Bending Time: The Adventures of Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder

October 31, 2013 - Segment 3 - It's time for The Adventures of Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder! National Book Award-winning novelist and scholar Dr. Charles Johnson will be talking about the book that he and his daughter co-authored, the first in a series, titled Bending Time: The Adventures of Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder (Volume 1), about a Black child prodigy and scientific “whiz kid.”