Koritha Mitchell

Recognized by American Theatre and Drama Society and the Society for the Study of American Women Writers

Koritha Mitchell standing with American Theatre and Drama Society rep. and a Society for the Study of American Women Writers rep.Koritha Mitchell, Associate Professor in the Department of English, has received a pair of major awards, and a series of other recognitions, for her Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930 (University of Illinois Press, 2011).  The book received the American Theatre and Drama Society's Annual Book Award for 2011-12 which was presented to Mitchell Friday, August 3, when ATDS convened at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education's conference in Washington, DC.

The American Theatre and Drama Society 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. ATDS also encourages the evolving debate exploring national identities and experiences through research, pedagogy, and practice. ATDS recognizes that notions of America and the US encompass migrations of peoples and cultures that overlap and influence one another.

Living with Lynching was also awarded the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) book prize on October 11, 2012, recognizing the best book published between November 2008 and November 2011.  SSAWW was established to promote the study of American women writers through research, teaching, and publication, aiming among other things to broaden knowledge among the general public about American women writers.

Koritha has, in the past year, made a number of appearances to discuss the book and her work:

Koritha Mitchell posed with Michael Dyson before the January 2012 interviewKoritha will also be producing a monthly 10-minute radio segment on African American literature called Black LIT Radio, where participants will discuss classic works as well as interview living authors.  The programs begin airing at the end of September, 2012, live or on-demand online (via TuneIn app for Droid and iPhone, or through iTunes).  More details, and updates, are available on the Living With Lynching blog and facebook page.

Koritha, in addition to all this, has been selected as one of 21 (out of 200 applicants) to participate in Progressive Women's Voices (PWV), a media training program conducted by the Women's Media Center, founded in 2005 by Gloria Steinem, Robin Morgan, and Jane Fonda.

Koritha MitchellCongratulations, Koritha, on all of the good news, and best wishes with all these ventures in sharing your knowledge and wisdom about African American history, literature, and theater/performance to a widening circle of listeners and students.

And please mark your calendars now for a discussion with Koritha about her award-winning book on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 4:00 in 311 Denney Hall, as part of DISCO's Research and Creative Activity Series.