Monday, May 9, 2016

6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Meeting Room (3rd Floor)

Mon, 2016-05-09 18:00 - 20:00

Rasheedah Phillips, Author and Creator of the AfroFuturist Affair, will lead a workshop and discussion exploring the history of linear time constructs, notions of the future, and its contrast to indigenous African traditions of space, time, and the future. We will explore alternative temporalities embodied by such cultural movements as Afrofuturism, and DIY theories as black quantum futurism, and their use as practical tools for exploring reality and shaping past and future narratives. Workshop participants will consider how to build future maps and quantum time capsules, shift cause and effect, and the interaction between timescapes and soundscapes.


Rasheedah Phillips is a 2008 graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law. Rasheedah began her legal career at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Inc. in 2008 as a Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network MLK, Jr. fellow. She is currently serving as a staff attorney in the Housing unit, representing low-income tenants who are facing eviction, and other housing issues, and survivors of domestic violence seeking transfers into safer housing.

In addition to her work at CLS, Rasheedah has been working in the community for several years with organizations mentoring young parents and developing service learning projects geared toward making adolescents aware of the consequences of teenage parenthood. 

In her spare time, Rasheedah writes science fiction stories and essays on Philosophy and Metaphysics. She has had a short fiction piece published in an anthology titled Growing Up Girl (edited by Michelle Sewell), inspirational essays published in Sister to Sister: Black Women Speak to Young Black Women (edited by Beth Johnson) and Professor May I Bring My Baby to Class (edited by Sherrill Mosee). She recently independently published her first science fiction novel, called Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales). In 2011, Rasheedah created The AfroFuturist Affair, a grassroots organization dedicated to celebrating and promoting Afrofuturistic culture, art, and literature through creative events and creative writing. She is also founding member of Metropolarity Speculative Fiction Collective.

PORTALS is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, as independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Council seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders. 


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