June 17th SPEAKER — “Sci-Fi Speaks!” with AYIZE JAMA-EVERETT
Join acclaimed science-fiction author Ayize Jama-Everett as he delves into the history of the pulp genre and considers its relationship to literature, gender, and race. Focusing mostly on science fiction, Ayize will lecture on the connection between pulp novels of the early 19th century and the comic-book age of the thirties, which in turn impacted the current media landscape of science fiction and fantasy literature. Expect a lively and engaging journey from the early publishing days of Amazing Stories to the current controversy around e-books.
Ayize Jama-Everett, author of The Liminal People (Small Beers Press, 2012), was born in New York City but considers Oakland his home. He has lived in New Hampshire, London, Morocco, and now the Bay Area. He’s worked in a variety of social service positions and currently serves as a therapist at a private prep school. He is also a professor and graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry, a local Unitarian Universalist Seminary. He teaches in the religion, psychology, and culture concentration, offering such classes as “The Sacred and the Substance: Substance use in and out of religious ritual” and “The Theology of Science Fiction.” When he’s not writing or teaching, he’s usually drinking aged rums and practicing his aim.