Humanities Institute

Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series with Dr. Tiya Miles

Wed, December 11, 2019 | UT Peter O'Donnell Jr. Building, Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302), 201 E 24th St, Austin, TX 78712

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Dr. Tiya Miles (Harvard University)
Dr. Tiya Miles (Harvard University)

In Fall 2019 the Humanities Institute will continue its Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series, "Narrative and Social Justice." The series accompanies the 2018-2020 Faculty Fellows Seminar on the theme of "Narrative across the Disciplines." The lecture series aims to expand dialogue between university scholars of every discipline and community members of every background around the current theme. 

The fifth lecture in the series will be on December 11 and will feature a presentation from Tiya Miles, Professor of History and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at Harvard University. Dr. Miles' lecture is titled "The Materiality of Slavery: Narrating Enslaved Women's Lives Through Things." The lecture and dialogue to follow will be from 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302). 

This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated but not required.

About the speaker:
Tiya Miles is the author of three multiple prize-winning works in the history of American slavery, including Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom and The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story. Her most recent book, The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits, was awarded the Rawley Prize in Race Relations and Curti Award in Social History from the OAH, the Bradford Biography Prize from SHEAR, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Non-fiction, an American Book Award, and a Frederick Douglass Book Prize. Miles’s historical fiction, The Cherokee Rose: A Novel of Gardens and Ghosts, was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. She has shared her travels to "haunted" historic sites of slavery in a published lecture series and published various articles and op-eds (in The New York Times,, the Huffington Post) on women’s history, history and memory, black public culture, and black and indigenous interrelated experience. She is a past MacArthur Foundation Fellow and Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellow and a current National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholars Award recipient. She taught on the faculty of the University of Michigan for sixteen years and is currently a Professor of History and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at Harvard University.

Sponsored by: The Humanities Institute through the Sterling Clark Holloway Centennial Lectureship. Co-sponsored by the Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) program.

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