I have been invited to present my recently published essay “Drawing the Oankali: Imaging Race, Gender, and the Posthuman in Octavia Butler’s Dawn” at the English Department’s Faculty Colloquium this Friday, December 6, 2016. Every semester, one or two faculty members here at OHIO present their research, new or forthcoming publications, or current work. Basically, I will circulate the essay beforehand and then lead a discussion of the article. Though it is right at the end of the semester, I am glad to have the opportunity to participate and hopefully it will be an interesting and collegial time. I will get to talk about science fiction, aliens, student drawings, Afrofuturism, and teaching!