Dr. Tiya Miles will present “The Call of the Ancestors: Historical Imagination and the Black and Native American Past.” This presentation describes a series of intersections and relationships between African Americans and Native Americans over time. The talk delves into cultural as well as historical materials and asks what tools scholars, students, and community members can use to unearth and interpret these hidden aspects of the American past. Dr. Miles is the Mary Henrietta Graham Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan, where she teaches in the departments of Afro-American & African Studies, American Culture, History, Native American Studies and Women's Studies. She is the author of two prize-winning works of history, Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom (2005) and The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story (2010). She has published historical fiction, The Cherokee Rose (2015), a travel narrative about historic sites of slavery, Tales from the Haunted South (2015), and various articles on women’s history and black and indigenous interrelated experience. She is co-editor, with Sharon P. Holland, of Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country (2006). Her work has been supported in recent years by the Mellon Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. Miles is currently writing a history of slavery in Detroit.