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Michael Brandon McCormack

Michael Brandon McCormack, Ph.D. (Vanderbilt), is Director, Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research; Chair and Associate Professor of Pan-African Studies, and Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities (Program in Religious Studies) at the University of Louisville. His research interests include the intersection of religion, popular culture, and political activism; religion and black youth culture (i.e., hip-hop); Black and womanist theologies of liberation; African diasporic religions; and the politics, porticos, and performance of the Black preaching tradition in America.


The Fierce Urgency of Butler’s Future is NOW!    

As literary works of speculative fiction, Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower (1993) and Parable of the Talents (1998) thrust us into an all-too-near future, offering a haunting perspective on what our world could entail by the year 2035. In 2024, however, Butler’s Parables are no longer mere imaginative forays into the future.