Living with Lynching: Mitchell honored for restoring playwrights to rightful place in U.S. theatre history

September 4, 2012

Over the summer months, Professor Koritha Mitchell has received a number of accolades for her book, Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930. These honors include a prestigious award from the American Theater and Drama Society, and a much-sought-after place in a media training program conducted by the Women's Media Center.

In July, the American Theater and Drama Society announced that Living with Lynching was the recipient of  the 2011/12 ATDS Annual Book Award. The ATDS is an international organization dedicated to the study of United States theatre and drama, its varied histories, traditions, literatures, and performances within its cultural contexts, and this award recognizes outstanding works that expand and challenge the field of American theatre and drama.

More recently, on the strength of her research and her dedication to  extending her classroom to the widest possible audience, Professor Mitchell has been selected to participate in Progressive Women's Voices (PWV), a media training program conducted by the Women's Media Center, which was founded in 2005 by Gloria Steinem, Robin Morgan, and Jane Fonda.  This year, the program received 200 applications for 21 slots.  Mitchell said of her appointment, “It's an amazing group of women who are poised to change public conversation.  I'm honored to be their company.”

At the end of September, Mitchell will begin recording a monthly 10-minute radio segment on African American literature, called “Black LIT Radio.”  She will discuss classic works as well as interview living authors. Those interested can listen live or on-demand online, via TuneIn app for Droid and iPhone, or through iTunes. 

Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930 is now available in PAPERBACK and on KINDLE.

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Professor Koritha Mitchell can be followed  on Twitter,  where she is @profkori .

Professor Michell was also recently spotlighted on the OSU English Tumblr blog. Throughout the course of a week, the blog featured posts about her scholarship, her extra-curricular interests, an interview with one of her students, a long interview between Dr. Mitchell and us, and other surprises.