Historian Ira Berlin, a distinguished university professor at the University of Maryland, will present “Rethinking the Demise of Slavery in The United States” on Mar. 25 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100. Berlin is a leading historian of America and the larger Atlantic world in the 18th and 19th centuries. His books include Slaves Without Masters: The Free Negro in the Antebellum South (winner of Best First Book Prize from the National Historical Society); Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in Mainland North America (winner of the Bancroft Prize, Frederick Douglass Prize, Owsley Prize, and the Rudwick Prize), and Generations of Captivity: A History of Slaves in the United States(winner of the Albert Beveridge Prize and the Ansfield Wolf Award). Berlin is also the founding editor of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project. The project’s multi-volume Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation has twice been awarded the Thomas Jefferson Prize of the Society for History in the Federal Government, as well as the J. Franklin Jameson Prize of the American Historical Association, and the Abraham Lincoln Prize for excellence in Civil-War studies. Sponsor:Lowell Humanities Series.