Tiya A. Miles, Mary Henrietta Graham Distinguished University Professor, University of Michigan, will deliver the 2016 John Lax Memorial Lecture. The title of her lecture is "The Call of the Ancestors: Historical Imagination and the Black and Native American Past."
Professor Miles's 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 books include The Cherokee Rose: A Novel of Gardens and Ghosts, published in April 2016 by John F. Blair; Tales from the Haunted South: Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era, published in October 2015 by UNC Press; and The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story, published by 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.