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Ena H. Thompson Lectureship, week of April 21 through 24, 2014

Tiya Miles

Tiya Miles in the News

Tiya Miles Blogs in the In America blog at CNN. African American history, as it is often told, includes two monumental migration stories: the forced exodus of Africans to the Americas during the brutal Middle Passage of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade...


Ena H. Thompson endowed these annual lectures in 1980 to encourage a broader understanding and appreciation of history.  The visiting lecturers are elected both on the basis of their past contributions to the discipline and of the importance of their current research in advancing the field.

Generally offered in the Spring Semester, the lectureship brings a distinguished historian to the Pomona College campus for a week of intensive interaction with students, faculty, and alumni.  The two public lectures become the core for discussion, with the final alumni dinner talk as the capstone.

2014 Ena Thompson Lecturer, Prof. Tiya Miles from the University of Michigan

Dr. Miles is a professor in the Department of American Culture, Department of Afro-American and African Studies, Department of History, Department of Women Studies, and Native American Studies Program. Her research and creative interests include African American and Native American interrelated and comparative histories (especially 19th century); Black, Native, and U.S. women's histories; and African American and Native American women's literature. Her most recent book, The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story, was published by the the University of North Carolina Press in 2010. She also wrote Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom, published by the University of California Press in 2005, and a co-edited book with Sharon P. Holland, Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country, published by Duke University Press in 2006. Tiya was awarded a 2011 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for her work on African American and Native American history and is founder of ECO Girls, an environmental and cultural organization for girls in urban Southeast Michigan.

There will be two public lectures taking place on the Pomona College Campus in the Rose Hills Theatre,

  • Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 4:15 "Slavery in Detroit: A Black and Native Story"
  • Thursday April 24, 2014 at 11:00a.m. "The Longest Unwritten Chapter: The Interrelated Histories of African and Native America"