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Speculative Futures, Present Imaginations complements the annual conference of the Octavia E. Butler Literary Society, presented online and co-sponsored by the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women at St.Catherine University, in honor of International Women’s Day.

This year’s conference, The Confluence: Octavia E. Butler at the Intersection of Cultural Critique and Climate Collapse, takes place March 6-7, 2021, and recognizes the work of Butler through scholarship, discussion, community engagement and art.

Butler’s work, which falls mainly in the genre of speculative fiction, has remained startlingly relevant for decades, and even more so in recent years, as our national and global communities wrestle with issues of climate change, polarizing politics and racist violence.

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