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An annual spring tradition at UB, the Signature Series highlights the university's vibrant culture of creative excellence, ingenuity, and imagination. 

Each annual Signature Series program features an array of artistic and educational programming that celebrates UB's groundbreaking achievements and impact in arts and letters.

Featured Events of the 2017 Signature Series Program

The 2017 Signature Series features the works of Nnedi Okorafor, associate professor of English at the University at Buffalo, and an award-winning novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults. In 2016, Okorafor became one of only four authors in the past 20 years to win both the World Science Fiction Society’s (WSFS) Hugo Award and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s (SFWA) Nebula Award for best novella, for her work “Binti.” The New York Times has characterized her novels as combining “politically complex science fiction and lyrical fantasy.”

All members of the campus community are warmly invited to these highlighted Signature Series events.

Small Group Discussion

Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 11 a.m. | 732 Clemens Hall, North Campus

Students, faculty, and staff are invited for this intimate conversation with Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor. Space is limited. Complimentary lunch for pre-registered guests will be provided. 

Keynote Lecture

Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 3:45 p.m. | Center for the Arts, Black Box Theatre, North Campus

Professor Okorafor will give remarks and present a book reading before being joined on stage for a conversation with Bruce Jackson, SUNY Distinguished Professor of English and James Agee Professor of American Culture at UB.

A light reception will follow the keynote lecture. 

Screening of Short Film "Pumzi"

Friday, April 28, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. | 250 Baird Hall, North Campus

A 20 minute screening of the short film "Pumzi" will be followed by an open discussion. "Pumzi" is a science-fiction short film from Kenya written and directed by Wanuri Kahiu and was screened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as part of its New African Cinema program.