2022 Meredith Miller Memorial Lecture: Natalie Diaz
Natalie Diaz, Poet
March 16, 2022 · 4:30 pm—6:00 pm · Zoom
Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies; Department of English; Department of Comparative Literature; Effron Center for the Study of America
Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press, and her second book, Postcolonial Love Poem, was published by Graywolf Press in March 2020. She is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow, as well as a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded the Princeton Holmes National Poetry Prize and a Hodder Fellowship. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the United States Artists, where she is an alumni of the Ford Fellowship. Diaz is Director of the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands and is the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University.
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Dr. Jeffrey and Mrs. Nancy Miller endowed the Meredith Miller Lecture series in memory of their daughter, Meredith, Princeton class of 1993, who was murdered during a carjacking in Arlington, Virginia in 1994. Although Meredith had not been a women’s studies student, her parents wanted to honor her commitment to the political, economic, and social concerns of women by establishing this lecture as a regular part of our program. In this way, they chose to mark their daughter’s memory in a public and communal manner and to remember her, not only for her intelligence and her accomplishments as a student, but for her dedication to the ideals of feminism, as well as those of racial and religious freedom. Meredith Miller was the salutatorian of her high school class and graduated from Princeton with honors, majoring in Politics. After graduating from Princeton, she began a graduate degree at the George Washington School of Political Management and worked for “Emily’s List” in Washington. She dedicated herself to her own community in Tampa, Florida and, as a volunteer, committed herself to feminist and Jewish issues. At the time of her death, she was preparing for a career devoted to the concerns of women. With this endowment, her parents and her brother have sought to perpetuate her memory and her ideals. The Program’s Meredith Miller Memorial Lectures have been an annual event since 1996.