July 26, 2016 – Congratulations to Professor Richard Yarborough, who received the 2016 Darwin T. Turner Distinguished Scholar Award, presented by the African American Literature and Culture Society at the annual meeting of the American Literature Association in May. In early June he lectured for a week at the Ernest J. Gaines Summer Scholar Institute in Lafayette, Louisiana. Then later in the month he delivered a keynote address at the Cultural Palimpsests: Ethnic Watermarks, Surfacing Histories conference in Warsaw, Poland. His paper was titled “Black Literature in the US Academy: The Fall and Rise of the American Canon.”
Yarborough is a Professor of English at UCLA, where he teaches African American literature and 19th- and 20-century American fiction. He is also a Faculty Research Associate with UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, which he directed for six years.