February 24, 2016

Historian to talk race, gender, ghosts during SVSU seminar

An award-winning author and historian will discuss her study of race and gender in southern ghost tours during a Saginaw Valley State University event.

 

Tiya Miles will serve as the guest speaker during SVSU’s Barstow Humanities Seminar Tuesday, March 1, at 5:30 p.m. in the university’s Curtiss Hall Banquet Room A. The event is free and open to the public.

 

The event is titled “Ghost Tourism and the Specter of Slavery in New Orleans.”

 

Miles is a professor at the University of Michigan 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.

 

She is the author of several history books including “Tales from the Haunted South: Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era” in 2015.

 

Her other work includes “Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom” from 2005 and “The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story” from 2010.

 

Miles also writes fiction, academic articles on indigenous women’s history, and feminist essays.

 

Her debut fictional novel, “The Cherokee Rose,” was set on a haunted plantation in the Cherokee territory of modern-day Georgia. Publishers Weekly selected the novel as the Pick Of The Week in 2015.

 

For more information on the event, contact SVSU at (989) 964-2103 or email jstinson@svsu.edu.