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Solidarity Town Hall: Imagining Decolonized Futures

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Indigenous futurisms, Social justice, Racial justice


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Dr. Grace L. Dillon is an academic and author. She is an Anishinaabe professor in the indigenous nations studies program, in the school of gender, race, and nations, at Portland State University. Dr. Dillon is best known for coining the term indigenous futurism, which is a movement consisting of art, literature, and other forms of media which express indigenous perspectives of the past, present, and future in the context of science fiction and related sub-genres. Dr. Dillon is the editor of walking the clouds: an anthology of indigenous science fiction, which is the first anthology of indigenous science fiction short stories, published by the University of Arizona press in 2012.

Join us for our annual Solidarity Town Hall program, an anchor discussion as part of Arabic American National Museum’s theme for Fall 2021 – Spring 2022: Istiqbal al Mustaqbal (Welcoming the Future). This year, the Town Hall is themed Imagining Decolonized Futures, highlighting futurist and sci-fi narratives as we imagine a world without colonial concepts. The Town Hall will feature keynote speaker: Anishinaabe academic and author Grace Dillon; and panelists: British Palestinian fiction writer Selma Dabbagh, multidisciplinary Afrofuturist artist Bryce Detroit, Canadian and Anishinaabe filmmaker Lisa Jackson; with moderator Hina Baloch, leader of the Research & Analytics team at GM. This is a virtual event taking place via Zoom.


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