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Writing Injustice Book Discussion: “Parable of the Sower” by Octavia Butler

February 12, 2020 7:00 pm
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 Through literature, film, and other media, the Writing Injustice Book Group invites the Guilford community to explore the issues of race and inequality that shape our history and our world.

Conversations will be led and facilitated by Hazel V. Carby, the Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and Professor Emeritus of American Studies at Yale University, and Donna Daniels, Ph.D., Cultural Anthropologist and Social Finance executive.

For our February and April discussions, we turn to Octavia Butler’s prescient two-part Parable series about the inequalities, injustices, and persecutions that arise in a world of environmental and ecological catastrophe, political demagoguery and religious fanaticism: our present and imminent future.

sowerParable of the Sower (1993) opens in Los Angeles in 2024 where a visionary young black woman, Lauren Oya Olamina, makes preparations to survive in a volatile and violent world of gated communities, rampant homelessness, fires, lack of water, designer pharmaceutical drugs, police service only for the rich, and authoritarian governance. Journeying north on foot, she gathers a disparate and desperate group of followers with the dream of establishing an alternative utopian community, Acorn.
 Also in the Series
Wednesday, April 29 at 7 pm
talentsParable of the Talents begins in 2032 and is written from the point of view of Lauren’s daughter. The oppression of women is brutal, servitude and enslavement are common, enabled by high-tech slave collars, and a new Presidential candidate, Andrew Steele Jarret, a Texas senator and religious zealot is running on a platform to “make America great again.”
Please register below for the Feb. 12 program.