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President's Lecture Series 2016

A Conversation with Ken Burns
February 29, 2016

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will once again visit Rowan University on February 29th, as a special guest for the President’s Lecture Series. Beginning at 4:00 p.m. in Pfleeger Hall, Burns will share his thoughts on the process and art of documentary filmmaking, and some of his past and future projects.

When he last visited the university in 2012, Burns explained that making documentaries “is very much a process. The script undergoes radical and whole-scale changes as we go along. And we never stop researching.” At the time of that visit, he had just started working on The Roosevelts (2014), Jackie Robinson (2016), Vietnam (2017), and Ernest Hemingway (2019).

The late historian Stephen Ambrose said of Burns’ films, "More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source." His works have been honored with numerous major awards, including fourteen Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards and two Oscar nominations. In 2008, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored Burns with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The February 29th event will include a retrospective of his work and a conversation between acclaimed filmmaker Burns and renowned TV critic (and Radio, Television, and Film faculty member) David Bianculli. Audience questions and comments can be submitted before the event via Twitter with the hashtags #RUKenBurnsFans and #RUPresidentsLecture16.

The event is free to Rowan University students, faculty, and staff.
Limit: two tickets per person, with Rowan ID.

Ticket distribution: February 15 - February 26, M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:
- Main Campus: President’s Office (Bole Hall), and Dean’s Office, College of Communication and Creative Arts (6 East High St.).
- Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Rowan Camden, and Rowan SOM Stratford: Dean’s Office for each campus.

Follow this link to reserve your tickets online and reduce wait time when you pick them up:

The lecture is sponsored by Rowan University’s Office of the President, Office of the Provost, and College of Communication and Creative Arts.