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Curator Lecture - Mothership: Voyage into Afrofuturism 
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Spring 2022 APPSI Lifelong Learning Series

Curator Lecture – Mothership: Voyage into Afrofuturism

Join us for an illustrated lecture by curator Rhonda Pagnozzi about an exciting new art exhibition at OMCA, the Oakland Museum of California.

Lecture Topic 

“Afrofuturism is a lot of things. It’s the past, present, and future reimagined through a Black cultural lens. Visionary, spiritual, and generative, it is art, music, literature, and cinema that expresses a just future where Black people and Black ideas thrive. It is fantasy and science fiction that envisions the African Diaspora and Black culture as central in a technically advanced and culturally rich civilization. It is also the ordinary—now— in this very moment and the everyday pleasures that may often be seen as mundane. Afrofuturism is a strategy for Black community building.” (OMCA website)

Speaker Bio 

Rhonda Pagnozzi (she/her) is the Lead Curator for Mothership: Voyage into Afrofuturism and the Manager of Learning, Experience, and Programs at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). After earning two undergraduate degrees in Developmental Psychology and the Arts, Pagnozzi worked for ten years in the field of early childhood education and community engagement. In 2014 she earned a MA degree in Urban Studies with an emphasis on Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her graduate research focused on the sociopolitical benefits of art in the urban setting and tackled the broader issues of access and privilege. Before taking her role at OMCA, Pagnozzi worked as the Civic Engagement Coordinator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Pagnozzi’s most recent projects include Assistant Curator for Queer California: Untold Stories and Respect: Hip Hop Style & Wisdom.

Presenter & Sponsors 

This event is presented by the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) in the HNU School of Education and Liberal Arts and is part of the Spring 2022 APPSI Lifelong Learning Series.

APPSI is grateful to our promotional and logistical co-sponsors at HNU: Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Ethnic Studies Program, Integrative Studies Across Cultures Program, Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Office of Marketing and Communications



FREE and open to the public. Registration and email address required.



Inquiries can be sent to Professor Chiho Sawada at