Writer to Receive Distinguished Writing Award on May 12th.
Martin Duberman – writer, historian, philosopher, playwright, and gay-rights activist – will be honored on May 12, 2010 when he receives The Antioch Review’s Distinguished Writing Award at The National Arts Club in New York.
Martin Duberman is the Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at Lehman College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York and was the founder and first director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the CUNY Graduate School. He has authored over twenty books including James Russell Lowell (a National Book Award finalist), Paul Robeson, Stonewall, and the memoir Cures: A Gay Man's Odyssey. He is also a neoabolitionist scholar, as evidenced by his edited collection of essays, The Antislavery Vanguard. His play In White America won the Vernon Rice/Drama Desk Award for Best Off-Broadway Production in 1963.
“Best known for his acclaimed biographies of Paul Robeson and Lincoln Kirstein and his provocative books about the gay rights movement, Marty has also had a long-standing involvement with the theater that began early in his career, when his drama criticism appeared in the Partisan Review and Harper’s, and continued with his own radical, adventurous, and deeply moving plays,” said Robert Fogarty, editor of The Antioch Review. “He occupies a singularly important place in American culture, and we are honored that he will accept this award.”