Octavia Butler wrote 'Parable of the Sower,' KU's Common Book, in 1993. At that time, she wrote presciently about a future that bears substantial resemblances to the present day. What can her words and narratives teach us about the wellness of our current democracy? What can her ideas help us to imagine about our role in its future?

 

This event features:

Patricia Weems Gaston
Lacy C. Haynes Professor of Journalism, University of Kansas

A.D. Boynton, II
Ph.D. Candidate, English

Paul Scott
Professor of French, Affiliate Faculty - Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction

Reggie Hubbard
Founder and Chief Serving Officer of Active Peace Yoga

Najarian R. Peters
Associate Professor of Law, University of Kansas & Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School

 

These sessions are designed to address the ways in which systems perpetuate the spread of misinformation and disinformation, and ways to counteract this trend through careful storytelling and diligent journalism. These ongoing University of Kansas events, which uplift research and a culture of responsive care, will connect teachers, students, scholars, and leaders with the tools that can better help us navigate these perilous times.

Presented by the KU School of Law, the KU School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, and The Commons.

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