Utopia Happy Hour | Thomas More and Afrofuturism

None at Strand Bookstore

Fri, Mar 30 at 7 p.m.   |   90 minutes

Much to be happy about? Probably not, but that doesn't mean we can't still have a good time together.


Why does the future look so bleak?

Taught by Patricia Kim

"The one sincere confession is the one we make indirectly--when we talk about other people." E.M.Cioran, The Trouble With Being Born

Literature has always been an exploration of truth, of the charged gulf between reality and our individual perception. To Cioran's point, as it relates to ours in this happy hour conversation, it has been a tool used by many to speak to and disentangle the distortion of truth in the disguise of fiction. For Thomas More, Utopia is an unflinching social critique outlining the ills destroying the human landscape as it is being shaped by those in power. We will discuss the founding of his Utopia as both a matter of historical and fictional trauma and find its inexorable convergence with our present geography. Much to be happy about? Probably not, but that doesn't mean we can't still have a good time together. See you soon!


Black to the Future

Taught by Makeba Lavan

“At best, race is a superstition.”- George Schuyler

Afrofuturism firmly centers the cultures and experiences of the African Diaspora. Therefore, Afrofuturist texts reimagine the past and often envision a positive, technologically laden future for the diaspora. But what happens to the texts that are not all sunshine and rainbows? Where do they fit in? In this mini-olio, we’ll explore such a text! George Schuyler’s afrofuturist anti-utopian satire, Black No More, is considered one of the very first afrofuturist novels. We will delve into its puzzling messages and bleak (but often hilarious) visions of racial capitalism.


Teacher: Olio Happy Hour
Venue: Strand Bookstore
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