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Presented By: Institute for the Humanities

Reading Octavia Butler: A Panel Discussion

An Octavia Butler Week Event

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Octavia Butler was a renowned African American author who received a MacArthur “Genius” Grant and PEN West Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work. With Octavia Butler Week, we aim to explore the work and legacy of this visionary writer. It’s part of a larger series of events that include a community read, a multimedia performance, an open-mic night, and additional events that together comprise Parable Path A2Ypsi.

Today's panel will discuss Octavia Butler's enduring influence as a writer, thinker, and creator. Featuring U-M faculty Bénédicte Boisseron (Afroamerican and African studies, Romance languages and literatures), Jeremy Glover (PhD candidate, English), Aliyah Khan (English and Afroamerican and African studies), Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (School of Education), Antoine Traisnel (English and comparative literature).

Culminating Parable Path A2Ypsi is Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon’s genre-defying musical adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s novel Parable of the Sower. UMS will present this powerful performance March 25-27, 2022 at the Power Center in Ann Arbor. Tickets and info at

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