Ferguson is the Future

Alternative Worlds Through Arts, Activism, and Scholarship


On September 14, the San Francisco Art Institute hosted a dialogue and livestream of Ferguson is the Future, Princeton University’s Department of African American Studies symposium hosted as part of the department’s”ongoing collaborations to imagine and create alternative worlds that are more just and representative of humanity.”

Livestream inspired topics at the SFAI dialogue ranged from Afrofuturism, quantum physics, Samuel Delaney’s modes of pleasure and more. Get on board and stream the symposium for yourself here and get your own dialogue started.

 Opening Plenary: Sociological Imagination 2.0

Alondra Nelson and Dorothy Roberts -Facilitated by Sofia Samatar-

Panel 1: Parables of the Present Dystopia

Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, Nalo Hopkinson, Andrea Hairston, Nnedi Okorafor, Rasheedah Phillips, and Nisi Shawl -Facilitated by Moya Bailey and Ayana Jamieson-

Panel 2: Filming the Future

Invisible Universe (M. Asli Dukan), Octavia: Elegy for a Vampire Talk (Dennis Leroy Kangalee and Numa Perrier), Black Radical Imagination (Erin Christovale and Amir George), Vow of Silence (Be Steadwell) -Facilitated by Lisa Bolekaja-

Panel 3: Inner & Outer Spaces: Community Organizing and Social Justice

Octavia’s Brood (adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha), Ferguson Activists (Johnetta Elzie, Brittney Packnett, and DeRay McKesson)
Scholar-Artists (Nettrice Gaskins, John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson) -Facilitated by Daniel Jose Older-

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