Tickets Still Available for Schooler Lecture at Mount Union College

June 02, 2010

Tickets are still available for the Mount Union College Schooler Lecture featuring documentary film maker Ken Burns on Tuesday, April 10 at 8 p.m. in the Timken Physical Education Building.

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

He has been making documentary films for more than 30 years and has produced and directed some of the most celebrated documentaries ever made, including The Civil War; Baseball; Jazz; Brooklyn Bridge; Statue of Liberty; Huey Long; Frank Lloyd Wright; Mark Twain and Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. These films have been honored with dozens of major awards, among them the CINE Golden Eagle, the Clarion, People's Choice Award, the Peabody Award, the DuPont-Columbia Award, the D.W. Griffiths Award and the Lincoln Prize, as well as multiple Emmy and Grammy awards.

In September of 2007, PBS will broadcast Burns' most recent project, The War, a seven-part, nearly 15 hour series that explores the history and horror of the Second World War. He is also producing and directing a multi-part film on the national parks, as well as a history of Prohibition and an update to his 1994 epic Baseball.

In addition to being a filmmaker, Burns is also a compelling speaker who enthralls audiences with an extraordinary view of history, our nation and who we are as Americans.

Past Schooler lecturers have included the late former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford, the late astronomer Carl Sagan, former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, former U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, news magazine host Hugh Downs, the late news commentator David Brinkley, former hostage Terry Anderson, Schindler's List author Thomas Keneally and the late holocaust survivor Leopold Page, Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell, Rabbi Laureate Harold Kushner, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, environmental conservationist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., former president of Poland Lech Walesa, Mount Everest explorer Dr. Beck Weathers, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, media specialists Cokie and Steven Roberts, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, world-renowned marine biologist Dr. Robert Ballard and moderator of NBC's Meet the Press Tim Russert.

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