Professor Cedric Robinson was the 2008 winner of the Errol Hill Award which is given by the American Society for Theatre Research.
The Errol Hill Award is given to the best book-length manuscript (research study, historical study, collection of essays) or scholarly essay in recognition of outstanding scholarship in African American theater, drama, and/or performance studies. The book or essay must be published during the year in question (2008 for the 2009 award), and deal with African American theater history, dramatic literature, or performance studies (dance, history of acting and directing, or public performances, i.e., parades, pageants, etc.).
The winning book or essay is judged as (1) displaying originality in the broad field of African American theater and performance; (2) exhibiting critical rigor; (3) showing an acquaintance with related research in African American theater and performance; and (4) opening new research development in the field.
Professor Robinson's winning book is entitled Forgeries of Memory and Meaning: Blacks and the Regimes of Race in American Theater and Film before World War II, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2007.
Congratulations Professor Robinson!