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Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

Please join the University Libraries' Great Reads Book Series honoring MLK week with Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia ButlerIt is a virtual event that will take place on Zoom.

Kindred is held up as an essential work in feminist, science-fiction, and fantasy genres, and a cornerstone of the Afrofuturism movement. The intersectionality of race, history, and the treatment of women addressed within the original work remain critical topics in contemporary dialogue, both in the classroom and in the public sphere.

For this first 24 sign ups we will have a free copy of the book courtesy of the Humanities Center. 

Book Preview
Thursday, Jan. 20 | 5:30–7 p.m.

Book Discussion
Thursday, Jan. 27 | 5:30–7 p.m. 

How to Register

The reading group meetings are open to everyone, but registration is required. It is a virtual event and will be hosted via Zoom.

Please register below for the meetings and to request a copy of the book. Contact Joshua Salmans for more information about the series.

For this first 24 sign ups we will have a free copy of the book courtesy of the Humanities Center. We will also have swag bags that will be available at the East Service Desk for those who register.

For TTU members with a ttu email, please register here:

For members of our Lubbock Community, please register here:


TTU E-book Access

TTU students, faculty, and staff have access to the e-book version of this title. 

To access it:

  1. You can follow the link: Kindred Graphic Novel Adaptation
  2. Or visit
  3. Type in the OneSearch box: kindred graphic novel
  4. Follow the Full-text Available link.
  5. Under Find Online, select ProQuest Ebook Central.
  6. Under the book cover image, select Read Online or Download Book.

Guest Speakers

Guest Speaker for Jan. 20th

Dra. Leslie SotomayorDra. Leslie C. Sotomayor II, is an artist, curator, and educator. She has her dual Ph.Ds in Art Education and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. Sotomayor focuses on Gloria Anzaldúa's theory of conocimiento and autohistoria-teoría, a feminist writing practice of theorizing one's experiences as transformative acts to guide her teaching methodology and curate curriculum for empowerment. She has curated numerous art exhibitions and publications including: Testimonio in a Sculpture Series of Muñecas :  Needlework: Forging Spaces for Making Through Conversation : Talking about Belonging and Survival and her upcoming first book Teaching In/Between: Curating Educational Spaces with Autohistoria-teoría and conocimiento. Her scholarship, curating and art embrace culturally responsive critical reflections for transformation. She is currently a visiting assistant professor at TTU in the WGS Program.  

Guest Speaker for Jan. 27th

Dr. Sebastian RamirezDr. Sebastian A Ramirez, Post Doc Scholar, Humanities Center Dr. Ramirez graduated with his PhD in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University in 2021. Sebastian’s research draws on African American thought to explore topics in critical philosophy of race, critical theory, and social-political philosophy. His interdisciplinary research approach derives in part from his non-traditional path to the PhD. After receiving a biochemistry degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2011, Sebastian taught English as a second language in Wuhan, China for three years. More recently, his experience as American Studies Fellow with Vanderbilt’s Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities helped pave the way for his appointment as Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities here at Texas Tech. His current major project draws on W.E.B. Du Bois to conceptualize white supremacy as a double-edged sword.