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Reinterpreting Slavery And Race in the United States

Professor Ira Berlin, University of Maryland, will give a public lecture at LSE on Tuesday 23 January. His lecture is entitled Reinterpreting slavery and race in the United States.

As the most extreme form of subordination short of death, slavery is sometimes thought to be a single entity whose character is defined for all times and all places. This lecture will challenge that view and argue that, like other human conditions, slavery is defined by circumstances, hence differed in time and place.

Professor Arne Westad, LSE's Cold War Studies Centre, will chair this event.

Ira Berlin is distinguished university professor at the University of Maryland. His publication Many Thousands Gone: the first two centuries of slavery in mainland North America was awarded the Bancroft Prize for the best book in American history by Columbia University; Frederick Douglass Prize by the Gilder-Lehrman Institute; Owsley Prize by the Southern Historical Association, and the Rudwick Prize by the Organization of American Historians. In 2002, Generations of Captivity: a history of slaves in the United States, was awarded the Albert Beveridge Prize by the American Historical Association and the Ansfield Wolf Award.

Reinterpreting Slavery and Race in the United States is on Tuesday 23 January 2007 at 6.30-8pm in the New Theatre, East Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.


To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

16 January 2007