Discussion Project

Community discussions grounded in texts

Octavia E. Butler’s brilliant novel Wild Seed will be the focus of the spring Readers Retreat, and we’re dreaming up lots of other opportunities for you to engage with Octavia E. Butler’s work…why not get ready for all the fun by reading Wild Seed as part of your Discussion Project? 

Learn more about Wild Seed, Readers Retreat, and Afrofuturism and Africanfuturism.  Or take a look at our Featured Reads lists to find readings that engage with questions of equity, pandemic disease, and the climate crisis from all sorts of angles…including Afrofuturist and Africanfuturist voices and visions!

We are especially keen to support projects serving those who are most deeply isolated from each other and the wider community, and those whose work has public impact.

  • Organizations serving and led by members of communities traditionally under-resourced in the humanities are encouraged to apply.
  • These groups include people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+, people who live in rural areas, people with disabilities, people who identify as immigrants or refugees, and people whose first (or only) language is not English. (Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.)

What people are saying about the Discussion Project

  • "Even reluctant speakers become leaders in linking literature to their hopes and aspirations."


  • "I am more at ease with myself and the people around me because I have opened my mind to another experience."


  • "I found myself feeling better connected to the day-to-day issues affecting the many young people I have had the good fortune to teach."


  • “The program helps me reaffirm the need to attempt to bring a supportive healing attitude to my work area.”