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Saturday, May 4, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM, Comic Consciousness: Graphic Novelists Tackle Cultural Identity and Crisis , at The Marsh Theater

The book world can feel quite snobby at times, but comics don't care where you come from. Unintimidating and inviting, comics can open the door to tough conversations about gentrification, genocide, natural disasters, and other uncomfortable truths. Armed with humor, wit, and vulnerability, writer-graphic novelists Nora Krug ("Belonging"), Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez ("Ricanstruction"), and Juliana "Jewels" Smith ("(H)afrocentric Comics") dive into the task of turning their most naked fears and haunting questions about survival and belonging into compelling visual storytelling.

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Bay Area Anarchist Festival
10:00 AM10:00

Bay Area Anarchist Festival

  • 4799 Shattuck Avenue Oakland, CA, 94609 United States (map)
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Author, Juliana "Jewels" Smith will be on the panel discussion facilitated by Cynthia Kaufman, author of Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change, 2nd Ed.  Here's the link to the session info is below:

Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change, with Cynthia Kaufman & others.

Ideas for Action will be a discussion among radical activists and organizers to explore the intellectual tools to turn our era of discontent into a plan for action. Exploring a wide range of political traditions—including anarchism, anti-imperialism, postmodernism, feminism, critical race theory, and environmentalism—the panelists will acknowledge the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of political movements and the ideologies inspired by or generated through them. The panel will incorporate elements from their own activist experiences and work to present plans for direct action and organizing tactics without pretending to offer “the final word” on complex issues. This panel aims to orient a critical understanding of the social world and a glimpse of the excitement and rewards of serious intellectual engagement with radical political ideas. The panel of activists will engage with the audience to confront pressing issues of today—from mass incarceration to climate change, from the new US presidential administration to from #NoDAPL to Black Lives Matter, from the war on terror to the national security state, from rising inequality and the Bay Area housing crisis to a global shortage of care.

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We are so excited to announce that (H)afrocentric will be at the SAN DIEGO COMIC CON with new book in hand this year! TABLE 900.

Catch Juliana "Jewels" Smith on the panel Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender, and the Comic Book Medium onThursday, July 20th.

The event is from July 20-23rd at the San Diego Convention Center:

111 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101

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Juliana "Jewels" Smith TALK @ COOPER UNION
6:30 PM18:30

Juliana "Jewels" Smith TALK @ COOPER UNION

In a free, public lecture at Cooper Union of NYC, Juliana “Jewels” Smith will discuss (H)afrocentric, her comic series featuring four disgruntled undergrads of color and their adventures at Ronald Reagan University.

In 2016, Smith took home the 2016 Glyph Award for Best Writer for her independent four volume series. She was also honored by the African American Library and Museum of Oakland with the first annual Excellence in Comics and Graphic Novels Award. She created (H)afrocentric as a way to challenge students and readers alike about the presumptions around race, class, gender and sexuality through character dialogue. She has given talks about the relationship between comics, humor, racial justice, and gender equity at The Schomburg Center, New York Comic Con, Studio Museum of Harlem and more.

This event is part of "Drawing Lines:  Printing the Black American Experience," a three-part series of events at The Cooper Union. The other events include: 

Congressman John Lewis in the Great Hall (May 11)
The U.S. Representative of the 5th Congressional District of Georgia and a long-standing leader of civil and human rights, will deliver a free, public address that includes his work on a graphic novel series about the Civil Rights movement

Black Pulp! (May 13)
William Villalongo A'99, assistant professor in the School of Art, and Mark Thomas Gibson A'02 will discuss Black Pulp!, a traveling exhibition they co-curated that examines the evolving perspectives of Black identity in American culture and history from 1912 to 1990 through rare historical printed media and contemporary art

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

Friday, May 12th | 6:30PM

Cooper Union | The Great Hall | Foundation Building | 7 East 7th Street (between Third and Fourth Avenues)

**We gotta fill this hall up!  So tell all your friends

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4:00 PM16:00


  • UC Santa Cruz--McHenry Library, 4th Floor (map)
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Thursday, April 27th at 4-6PM at UC SANTA CRUZ. Join four panelists in conversation around the connections between visual representations and activism. Professor Vilashini Coppan will be the moderator for the Pictures and Progress: Black Panther, 1966-2016 closing reception.

Panelists include:

Tarika Lewis, Former Assistant Minister of Culture and the first woman to join the BPP!!!!
Aaron Dixon, Co-Founder Seattle Chapter of the BPP and helped start Free Breakfast Program
Jeremy Love, comic creator, Bayou
Juliana Smith, comic creator and community activist, (H)afrocentric
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Bay Area! (H)afrocentric will be vending in San Francisco this year at the 2nd annual Black Comix Arts Festival. Be sure to tell all your friends to stop by and spread the word.  This event is FREE and open to the public.

Author of (H)afrocentric, Juliana "Jewels" Smith, will be giving a
writing workshop at the Learning Studio in the Bridge at the Main—San Francisco Public Library—5th Floor from 12:30-1:30PM. 

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Book Signing With Author Juliana "Jewels" Smith
5:00 PM17:00

Book Signing With Author Juliana "Jewels" Smith

  • African American Museum & Library at Oakland (map)
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In honor of Women's History Month, the African American Museum & Library at Oakland welcomes educator, writer, and organizer Juliana "Jewels" Smith for a book signing and meet and greet with the author. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Ms. Smith's creative work is driven by her experience as a grassroots organizer and educator. In 2011, while teaching at community colleges she wrote and created (H)afrocentric: the Comic to encourage dialogue on some of the most pressing issues of the day. Smith calls (H)afrocentric a feminist version of The Boondocks and sees the comic as liberatory science fiction.

Please join us for a book signing and meet and greet with the author on Saturday March 26, 2016 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

More details on Oakland Public Library's website here.



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