Neilly Series Lecture: Robert James Miller

Neilly Series Lecture: Robert James Miller

Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library
March 20, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm

The March Neilly Series lecture will be presented by Robert James Miller, professor of American Indian law at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Professor Miller’s presentation is entitled, "The International Law of Colonialism: The Doctrine of Discovery."

Professor Miller is the author of three books: Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, and Manifest Destiny; Discovering Indigenous Lands: The Doctrine of Discovery in the English Colonies; and Reservation “Capitalism:” Economic Development in Indian Country.

He has been a tribal judge for Pacific Northwest tribes since 1995, and is the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals for the Grand Ronde Tribe. In 2003, he was appointed by his tribe - the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma - to be part of the National Council of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial. In 2012, he was elected to the American Law Institute and was appointed to the adviser group working on the new Restatement entitled, “The Law of American Indians."

In conjunction with Miller's lecture, the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections & Preservation has curated a pop-up exhibit featuring items from the collections that relate to Native American culture. You can preview the exhibit here.

The Neilly Series is supported by the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Endowment and the River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester. The series is free and open to the public. Reserved parking is available in the Library Lot.

For more information, contact Brenda Geglia at 585-276-4570 or

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