Tiya Miles Lecture & Post-Lecture Discussion

Date & Time: Thursday, February 23, 2023
5:30-8 pm

Location: BU Photonics Center, Colloquium Room 906
8 St Mary’s Street, 9th Floor

Attendance: (For Kilachand Honors College Students) Please note that you must attend both portions of this event to receive co-curricular credit. At the end of the event, a QR will be posted for you to check-in. This QR will expire so please complete the check-in form immediately. You must check-in to earn co-curricular attendance credit for this event.

BUCH Lectures in Criticism: Tiya Miles on “Species Insurance: Black Women, Survival Craft, and Environmental Storytelling”

Borrowing the words of Octavia E. Butler for theoretical inspiration, this talk engages in a thought experiment. What if we were to take Harriet Tubman, one of the most famous historical figures in the U.S., and center her in an environmental story? What would we learn about Tubman herself, about Black women and families in the nineteenth century, and about the role of place and ecology in the survival of racial terror? And what connections might we draw between Black women’s environmental thinking in the multi-temporal past and the greatest challenges facing our species in the murky present and future?

Tiya Miles, Michael Garvey Professor of History at Harvard and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, will deliver the spring 2023 talk in the Lectures in Criticism series. Dr. Miles will be introduced by Ibram X. Kendi, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities; Professor of History; and Director, Center for Antiracist Research at BU.

Learn more about the Lectures in Criticism series

Kilachand Post-Lecture Discussion

Join Kilachand faculty following the lecture for a continued discussion about Tiya Miles’ research methods, and a chance to tie in Miles’ lecture with the KHC Summer Reading All That She Carried.

Learn more about the KHC Summer Reading