Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The Ohio State University English Department maintains a Tumblr blog. This week, they are placing a spotlight on Queer Studies. The feature includes a video interview with me about the essay in which I draw parallels between lynching and anti-LGBT violence. I'm so grateful that the site's managers wanted to highlight this research and that they followed through and made it happen. They did a great job with the interview!
Please let us know what you think.
Video can be viewed from here: osuenglish.tumblr.com
Saturday, October 19, 2013
On Friday, October 18, 2013, I was very pleasantly surprised to see my essay "Love in Action: Noting Similarities between Lynching Then and Anti-LGBT Violence Now" listed in Feministing's Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet.
They call the essay "long, but totally worth the read." I'll take that any day!!
Their listing here.
(I described the essay on this blog here.)
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
On Thursday, October 10, 2013, I gave the Sig Synnestvedt Memorial Lecture, an endowed annual event honoring the legacy of a Brockport History Department chair whose work on race relations left an important mark on the department and the college.
The history department was an amazing host and they secured co-sponsorship from the departments of English, Theatre, and African American Studies. I appreciated this recognition that Living with Lynching contributes to several fields.
Approximately 200 people attended the lecture, and one professor noted that more students seemed to bring their parents than in years past. It was a pleasant surprise to everyone, including those bringing in additional chairs.
s has great energy, and we hit it off immediately! She is Sig and Nadine Synnestvedt's niece, and she traveled from Philadelphia to participate in the event and help direct the endowment's future. At the reception, she spoke eloquently about the model of social engagement that Professor Synnestvedt's work provided to everyone in the family. She also gave examples from current events to underscore the enduring importance of understanding race and racism, and she explained that those assembled were part of a rich tradition at Brockport of equipping students to become citizens who make positive change.
I was quite delighted to learn that she played a key role in my being considered for the honor of giving the memorial lecture. Turns out, her spouse is an OSU alum, so ASCENT magazine comes to their home, and she read "Making Strides." What a pleasant surprise to learn this only after arriving!
All pictures courtesy of Barbara Synnestvedt Karas. Thank you!
Monday, September 23, 2013
A month after Living with Lynching was published, I gave a lecture at a community center and was asked a question that stayed with me and demanded a thorough response. Almost two years later, that response now appears in Callaloo as a 30-page article titled "Love in Action: Noting Similarities between Lynching Then and Anti-LGBT Violence Now." Of course, I wrote keenly aware of the tensions that can arise with such comparisons, and I think I did justice to the issues. Further, I think we can all benefit from grappling with these realities. If you get a chance to read it and tell me what you think—good or bad—I would appreciate it. And, if you find any value in it, I hope you'll share widely.
The full-text essay can be downloaded from here:
"Love in Action: Noting Similarities between Lynching Then and Anti-LGBT Violence Now"
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
The premier journal of African Diaspora literature and culture, Callaloo, offers a review of Living with Lynching by black feminist scholar Courtney Marshall. Marshall's work centers on the criminalization of black women and promises to make important contributions as many Americans grapple with the ravages of the prison industrial complex.
Marshall's review carefully engages the work that each chapter of Living with
Lynching does. She concludes with an nod toward the book's investment in not
replicating the violence achieved by gruesome images of lynching victims. "By
excluding lynching photographs, Mitchell’s book enacts the scholarly move she
advocates. Her study includes visual images that support her argument that the
visual archive of lynching photography has dominated the conversations.
Reproductions of the playbill from Angelina Weld Grimke’s Rachel and the cover
of The Crisis are powerful antidotes to photographs of broken corpses hanging from
trees, light poles, and bridges."