Lecture Brings Controversial Subject to Light

African-American History Month Lecture Series closes season with Koritha Mitchell.

Koritha Mitchell

This year’s African-American History Month Lecture Series concludes with award-winning author Koritha Mitchell at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 in Texas Tech University’s Escondido Theatre.

“Having an African-American History Month lecture series allows Texas Tech University to bring prestigious speakers to campus while providing a platform for new conversations,” said M. Duane Nellis, Texas Tech president. “The distinguished lecture series is one example of Texas Tech’s commitment to diversity as a competitive, inclusive and national university.”

The lecture is called “Living with Lynching: African-American Drama & Citizenship,” which will focus on the era during which African-Americans were lynched. Prior to the lecture there will be a dramatic reading of an anti-lynching one-act play.

“Koritha Mitchell’s lecture demonstrates the ways in which African-Americans weren’t simply victimized by lynching, but that they spoke and fought back against lynching, not through violence, but through literature and poetry,” said Karlos Hill, director of the lecture series.

Mitchell is a literary historian and cultural critic whose research focuses on African-American literature and contemporary culture, as well as black drama and performance. She studies how written and performed works helped families and communities survive.

Her book “Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance and Citizenship, 1980-1930” won awards from the American Theatre and Drama Society and from the Society for the Study of American Women Writers.

Mitchell earned her doctorate degree at the University of Maryland-College Park and currently is an associate professor of English at Ohio State University.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, and the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement.  

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