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Ena H. Thompson Lecture Series with Historian Tiya Miles to Focus on Black and Native American Histories

Historian Tiya Miles (University of Michigan) will deliver the 2014 Ena H. Thompson Lectures at Pomona College on "Slavery in Detroit: A Black and Native Story," on Wednesday, April 23 at 4:15 p.m., and "The Longest Unwritten Chapter: The Interrelated Histories of African and Native America," on Thursday, April 24 at 11 a.m. Both lectures will be held at Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). The talks are free and open to the public.

Miles' most recent book, The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story (2010) was selected as the winner of the 2011 National Council on Public History Book Award. She also wrote Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom (2005), which was awarded the Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Histories.

Miles was awarded a 2011 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for her work on African American and Native American history and is the founder of ECO Girls, an environmental and cultural organization for girls in urban Southeast Michigan.

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.

For more information, contact: (909) 607-3075 or april.mayes@pomona.edu.

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.