Thursday: 3:45 pm-4:45 pm
Sarita Nyasha Cannon is Associate Professor of English at San Francisco State University where she teaches 20-century American Literature. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in Literature, earned a Ph.D. in English from University of California, Berkeley, and held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in American Indian Studies at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Cannon’s scholarship has appeared in Interdisciplinary Humanities, The Black Scholar, Asian American Literature: Discourses and Pedagogies, Callaloo, and MELUS. A global citizen committed to cross-cultural exchange, she travels frequently and has presented her work at conferences in Spain, Japan, South Africa, Tunisia, Morocco, and Ghana. Dr. Cannon’s book manuscript, tentatively titled “Black-Native Autobiographical Acts: Navigating the Minefields of Authenticity,” examines Black-Native self-inscriptions across a wide range of autobiographical modes from the early twentieth century to the present, providing a case study for thinking through discourses of authenticity that circumscribe multiracial identities in ways that can be empowering, calcifying, or both. She is also a classically trained soprano who sings with various groups throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.