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University of Detroit Mercy welcomes MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Tiya Miles

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March 13, 2018

Tiya MilesUniversity of Detroit Mercy will welcome Professor Tiya Miles to campus to discuss and sign her latest book, The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straights. This special engagement takes place on Friday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Chemistry Building Room 114.

The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straights is a work that recovers the city's early complicity in slavery.  It has recently been highlighted in The Chronicle of Higher Education, the New York Times and other national publications.

According to Dr. Roy E. Finkenbine, professor of History and director of the Black Abolitionist Archive at Detroit Mercy, Dawn of Detroit “reminds us of a truth about the city's past that we'd rather ignore.  Detroit was initially built on African and Native American bondage."

Miles is the Mary Henrietta Graham Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan, where she teaches courses in American Culture, History, Afro-American & African Studies, Women's Studies and Native American Studies.  She is a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow.  The event is supported by the Drs. Karen and Thomas Waters African American Studies Program Enrichment Fund.
 
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please Dr. Roy E. Finkenbine at 313-993-1016 or finkenre@udmercy.edu.  

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