Spelman College in Atlanta GA, has had a science fiction course on the books since the 1990’s. Just this semester I developed a new course called Butler’s Daughters: Imagining Leadership in Black Speculative Fiction. I team taught this course with speculative fiction writer Tananarive Due.
I only recently began to incorporate my love of speculative fiction: science, fantasy, etc., into my academic work. Prior to Octavia Butler’s passing in 2006, I thought of it as what I did to get away from my regular work. I spent my sabbatical on fellowship at Duke University in 2010-2011 developing a background in speculative fiction. While there I facilitated a conference on teaching Butler in the Academy and learned that scholars were using her in courses from Economics to Bioethics. As a result, I submitted a proposal to the MLA Teaching Series and I encourage anyone who uses Octavia Butler specifically to take the survey and/or submit a proposal for an essay.