Ken Burns to Present Schooler Lecture at Mount Union College

May 26, 2010

PBS Director and Executive Producer Ken Burns will speak at Mount Union College on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at 8 p.m. in the Timken Physical Education Building as part of the Schooler Lecture Series.

Creator of more than nine critically acclaimed documentary films, Ken Burns has been named 'the most accomplished documentary filmmaker of his generation' by The New York Times. He is particularly well known for his style in documentary material and has produced numerous documentaries for both television and film.

His film, The Civil War, which he directed, co-wrote and produced, is the highest rated series in the history of American public television. In 1981, Burns was nominated for an Academy Award for his film Brooklyn Bridge. He has received multiple awards for films such as The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God and Baseball and another Oscar nomination for his production The Statute of Liberty.

Burns was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1953. He graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1975 and became one of the co-founders of Florentine Films.

Currently, Burns resides in Walpole, NH and is working on a piece titled American Lives. It is a series of historical documentaries focusing on the lives of extraordinary Americans including Thomas Jefferson, Susan B. Anthony and Mark Twain.

Along with being a history making-producer, Burns is also a compelling speaker who enthralls audiences with an extraordinary view of history, our nation and who we are as Americans.

The Schooler Lecture Series was established in 1988 through a grant made by the Schooler Family Foundation, Coshocton, Ohio. Through their gift, the College is able to provide a dramatically enhanced opportunity for young men and women studying at Mount Union College and for the residents in the greater Alliance area to experience the breadth and depth of American Culture.

To request tickets for the Schooler Lecture, please call (330) 823-2030 or visit www.mountunion.edu/schooler_lecture.

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