“So be it! See to it!”: A Celebration of Octavia Butler

Handwritten notes from one of Octavia Butler’s notebooks. Photo from the Huntington Library’s blog.

Feb. 24, 2016, marks the 10thanniversary of the death of Octavia Butler (1947 – 2006), known as the “grand dame of science fiction.” Her books and short stories critiqued contemporary power structures while imagining a radical new future, addressing issues of class, race, gender and sexuality along the way. Her powerful visions of the world as it could be helped kickstart a new literary genre: Afrofuturism, an examination of the intersection between race and technology that envisions the future while interrogating the past.
A lifelong writer, Octavia Butler’s body of work includes twelve novels and two short story collections. Her novels have won numerous honors and awards within the science fiction community and beyond. In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “Genius Grant.”
The Stone Center Library is proud to join the celebration the literary impact of Octavia Butler’s life. Many of Octavia Butler’s writings are available at UNC Libraries, so rather than list her novels, we would like to highlight the literary conversation that is part of her legacy.
In this post, we’ve gathered books that feature discussion of Octavia Butler’s work, analyzing its themes and looking at it in the context of African American, science fiction, and Afrofuturist literature.
All of these books are available at the Stone Center Library. Each title links to the book’s UNC Library catalog entry, where you can check their availability and learn more about them. Each entry is also accompanied by quote from the book’s official description.
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Funding Round Up March 2016


DEADLINE: March 1, 2016

African studies center faculty research awards

The African Studies Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides funds to faculty members who wish to conduct new research in Africa. Priority will be given to those who have not conducted research in Africa before and for those who are seeking top off funds for grants already received. The award amount is between $2,000 and $4,000. Application deadline: March 1, 2016.
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Library Company of Philadelphia’s Program in African American History Dissertation Fellowship

The Library Company of Philadelphia offers an African American History Dissertation Fellowship. This fellowship is designed to increase the population of scholars from underrepresented areas and promotes research in the collections of the Library Company. Applicants should be in the later stages of their writing or research. The $25,000 stipend is shared equally between two award winners.  Application deadline: March 1, 2016.
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National museum of African art internship

The National Museum of African Art offers a 10 week summer internship. Applicants should have backgrounds in art history, anthropology, museum studies, or a related discipline. This internship is open to undergraduates as well as graduate students who wish to explore a research topic or the museum profession. Application deadline: March 1, 2016.
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DEADLINE: March 11, 2016

Medgar and Myrlie Evers Research Scholars Program

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History provides a new program providing scholars with the funds and information to help complete a substantial research project. The $4,000 stipend will help cover travel, housing, and research expenses. The Evers Scholar Program encourages the work and research in history of civil and human rights. Application deadline: March 11, 2016.
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DEADLINE: March 25, 2016

Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) Travel Grant

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) offers a travel grant to Ph.D. students, post-Docs, and junior faculty studying any aspect of the Middle East and Africa region. The funds provided by this grant may cover travel costs associated with traveling to the annual ASMEA conference.  Application deadline: March 25, 2016.
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DEADLINE: March 31, 2016

Joel Williamson Visiting Scholar Grant

The Southern Historical Collection at the Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  is accepting applications for the Joel Williamson Visiting Scholar Grant. This grant pertains to research projects studying African Americans or race relations in the American South. The grant is a $1,200 award. Application deadline: March 31, 2016.
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