DIY Timescapes at Providence Public Library

PPL presents DIY TIMESCAPES – Black Quantum Futurism and Alternative Temporalities, with Rasheedah Phillips, May 9

PROVIDENCE, RI – As part of its continuing 2016 Exhibition & Program Series -- PORTALS: The History of the Future, Providence Public Library (150 Empire Street, Providence) welcomes Rasheedah Phillips, author and creator of the AfroFuturist Affair, for a workshop and discussion exploring the history of linear time constructs, notions of the future, and its contrast to indigenous African traditions of space, time, and the future.  The program will be held Monday, May 9, from 6 – 8 pm in the Library’s Meeting Room, 3rd Floor.
 
Phillips will explore alternative temporalities embodied by such cultural movements as Afrofuturism, and DIY theories as black quantum futurism, and their use as practical tools for exploring reality and shaping past and future narratives. Workshop participants will consider how to build future maps and quantum time capsules, shift cause and effect, and the interaction between timescapes and soundscapes.
 
Rasheedah Phillips is a 2008 graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law. Rasheedah began her legal career at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Inc. in 2008 as a Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network MLK, Jr. fellow. She is currently serving as a staff attorney in the Housing unit, representing low-income tenants who are facing eviction, and other housing issues, and survivors of domestic violence seeking transfers into safer housing.
 
In addition to her work at CLS, Rasheedah has been working in the community for several years with organizations mentoring young parents and developing service learning projects geared toward making adolescents aware of the consequences of teenage parenthood. 

(release from Providence Public Library) 

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