Fresno State SESA Announces Keynote Speaker for Winter Symposium

J.M. Lesinski

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As another semester comes to a close at Fresno State in Fresno, California, the Fresno State Students of English Studies Association (SESA) is excited to announce their upcoming winter symposium, "Reimagining, Recentering, Reconstructing a Broken System.”

Of latest note, SESA was thrilled to reveal the keynote speaker for their event, Susan H. Kamei, and her keynote, entitled, "Redressing Injustice with Narrative: Lessons from the WWII Japanese American incarceration Experience.”

Kamei is a professor at the University of Southern California in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, where she educates students about the historical, constitutional, and political issues of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II. Kamei’s critically-acclaimed book, “WHEN CAN WE GO BACK TO AMERICA? Voices of Japanese American Incarceration during World War II,” includes personal accounts from those wrongfully imprisoned and unearths the many ramifications of this moment in American history.

The symposium officially begins via Zoom on Thursday, December 9 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. with Opening Remarks by Dr. Honora Chapman, followed by Queer Performances: Studies of Queer Being from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. After a brief lunch, the symposium continues with Revisionist Fictions: Power of Storytelling from 1:15-2:30 p.m., Virtual Spaces, Digital Futures from 3:15-4:30 p.m., Rhetorical Reconstructing: Visions for Academia from 5:15-6:30 p.m., and (Re)Examinations of Our Spaces from 7:15-8:30 p.m.

Kamei will kick off things with her keynote on Friday, December 10 at 10 a.m. Pre-registration for the keynote is available here, while pre-registration for all other events can be found here.

The schedule for the rest of the 2021 SESA symposium on Friday, December 10 will be as follows: Rhetorics of Injustice: Parallels of U.S. Oppressions from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Envisioning Future Growth with Environmentalism from 1:45-3 p.m., Breaking Ceilings: Feminist Examinations from 3:45-5 p.m., Narratives of the Past, Implications of the Future from 5:45-7 p.m., and Deconstructing Social Practices from 7:45-9 p.m.

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