|For Immediate Release (01-52)
Date: October 5, 2001
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952
Montgomery College Books and Ideas
Series to Present
Historian Ira Berlin, Poet Myra
Sklarew in November
Ira Berlin, a renowned historian,
and Myra Sklarew, an award-winning poet, will speak at Montgomery
College in November, as part of "Books and Ideas," a series of
literary events sponsored by the Paul Peck Humanities Institute.
"Books and Ideas" is designed to
inspire a love of books, learning, and serious discussion with local
historians, critics, poets or novelists of influence and stature.
Historian Ira Berlin is the featured
speaker on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Theatre Arts Building, Rockville
Campus. A history professor at the University of Maryland, College
Park, Berlin is an acknowledged expert on American history in the
18th and 19th centuries, particularly southern and African-American
life. His talk, "Slavery in History and Memory," is based on his
critically acclaimed book, Many Thousands Gone: The First Two
Centuries of Slavery in North America. The work was praised by
the New York Times Book Review as "R026 masterly R026
illuminates the first 200 years of African-American history more
effectively than any previous study."
His first book, Slaves Without
Masters: The Free Negro in the Antebellum South (1975), was
awarded the Best First Book Prize from the National Historical
Berlin is the founder of the
Freedmen and Southern Society Project, which he directed until 1991.
The project’s multi-volume Freedom: A Documentary History of
Emancipation, 1861-1867 was twice awarded the Thomas Jefferson
Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government for
outstanding editorial achievement, and the Abraham Lincoln Prize for
Excellence in Civil War Studies from the Lincoln and Soldiers
Institute of Gettysburg College.
Berlin’s articles and reviews have
appeared in many national newspapers and publications, including the
New York Times, the Washington Post, the
Philadelphia Inquirer, The Nation, and the American
Historical Review, to name a few.
Poet Myra Sklarew will speak on
"Poetry, Memory, and Curiosity: The ‘I Don’t Know’ Factor" on
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Rockville Campus Bookstore, Campus
Sklarew is a poet and faculty member
in the creative writing program at American University. She has
written numerous articles and poems and has been featured or
reviewed in many publications, including the New York Times,
the Washington Post, Science/83, Poetry, and the Journal
of the American Medical Association. She is the recipient of the
Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award, and her poetry has been recorded for
the Library of Congress’ Archive of Poetry and Literature.
All lectures in the Books and Ideas
series are free and open to the public. For more information,
contact the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at 240-567-7417.