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Campus Book Discussion (2017): Kindred

Opening Picture

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. 

Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.


Introduction to the Series

Join us for discussions about Octavia Butler's Kindred throughout the Spring Semester:

11:00am - 12:15pm in Student Center, Room H105

  • Wednesday, March 22: Historical Time and Place as Setting
    Moderators: Dr. Bruce Thompson and Professor Corwin Paker
  • Wednesday, April 5: The Legacy of Slavery and the Historical Significance of Slave Narratives
    Moderators: Dr. Andrea Dardello and Professor Frederick Cope
  • Thursday, April 13: Point of View and Power
    Moderators: Professors Magin Lasov Gregg and Ramon Jones
  • Wednesday, April 19: Feminist Anti-Racism Activism
    Moderators: Dr. Jill Schultz and Professor Anne Hofmann-Regules

Resources for the themes being discussed are available under each corresponding tab. Copies of Kindred are available at the FCC Bookstore and the Learning Commons.

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