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Tiya Miles to deliver Stegner lecture March 6 at MSU

February 8, 2017 -- MSU News Service

Tiya Miles, an author, University of Michigan history professor and a MacArthur “genius grant” recipient, will deliver the 2017 Wallace Stegner Lecture at Montana State University at 5:15 p.m. Monday, March 6, in SUB Ballroom A. Miles studied environmental studies at MSU in 2014 while writing her two recently published books. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

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Tiya Miles, an author, noted University of Michigan history professor and a recipient of a MacArthur “genius grant,” will deliver the 2017 Wallace Stegner Lecture at Montana State University at 5:15 p.m. Monday, March 6, in SUB Ballroom A.

Miles’ lecture, “Slavery and Freedom in the Old Northwest,” is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

Miles is the Mary Henrietta Graham Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan as well as a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow. Her research interests include African American, Native American, and American women’s histories, literatures and lives, as well as public history, public humanities and environmental humanities. She is the author and editor of five books, including “Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom,” “The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story,” as well as “The Cherokee Rose: A Novel of Gardens and Ghosts” and “Tales from the Haunted South,” which were both published in 2015 and completed while Miles studied environmental history at MSU in 2014 on a Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship.

Miles is also the recipient of the Frederick Jackson Turner Book Award from the Organization of American Historians, the Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Book Award from the American Society for Ethnohistory and the National Council on Public History Book Award.

Miles’ spouse, Montana native Joseph P. Gone, is a fellow University of Michigan history professor. Gone is an enrolled member of Montana’s White Clay tribe and a specialist in Native American mental health issues who served as MSU’s Katz Family Endowed Chair in Native American Studies in 2014-15.

The lecture is sponsored by the Wallace Stegner Endowed Chair in Western Studies at MSU, which continues the legacy of the late Wallace Stegner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, short story writer, environmentalist and historian who is now often called the “Dean of Western Writers.” Stegner spent part of his childhood in Montana, and he notably spoke at MSU shortly before his death in 1993. Based in the MSU College of Letters and Science, the MSU Wallace Stegner Endowed Chair in Western American Studies focuses on teaching and research in history, literature and philosophy with a concentration on pressing Western issues and is supported by the Stegner Chair Endowment.

Katherine Yaw (406) 994-4396 Kathryn.yaw@montana.edu

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