An Evening with Ken Burns

Thursday, August 21, 2014 • 7-8:30pm
University of Denver, Sturm Hall, Davis Auditorium


This event is a Denver appearance by Ken Burns to discuss his fall series, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History." The main event will be conversation-style, featuring Ken Burns and Colorado State Historian William Convery, as they discuss Ken's new documentary with some local flavor.

Welcome by Doug Price, Rocky Mountain PBS CEO, followed by a conversation between Ken Burns and Bill Convery, including extensive clips from "The Roosevelts" and questions from the audience

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Ken Burns has been making documentary films for more than 30 years. Since the Academy Award-nominated BROOKLYN BRIDGE in 1981, he has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made.

Burns was the director, producer, co-writer, chief cinematographer, music director and executive producer of the landmark television series THE CIVIL WAR. This film was the highest-rated series in the history of American public television, prior to BASEBALL, and attracted an audience of 40 million during its premiere in September 1990. The New York Times called it a masterpiece and said that Burns "takes his place as the most accomplished documentary filmmaker of his generation." Tom Shales of The Washington Post said, "This is not just good television, nor even just great television. This is heroic television." The columnist George Will said, "If better use has ever been made of television, I have not seen it and do not expect to see better until Ken Burns turns his prodigious talents to his next project." The series has been honored with more than 40 major film and television awards, including two Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a Producer of the Year Award from the Producer’s Guild, a People’s Choice Award, a Peabody Award, a duPont-Columbia Award, a D.W. Griffiths Award and the $50,000 Lincoln Prize, among dozens of others.

Some of Burns’s other films include THE ADDRESS (2014),THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (2013), THE DUST BOWL (2012), PROHIBITION (2011), THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA (2009), THE WAR (2007), co-directed with Lynn Novick, JAZZ (2001), LEWIS AND CLARK: THE JOURNEY OF THE CORPS OF DISCOVERY (1997), and BASEBALL (1994)

Burns was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1953. He graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1975.

Dr. Bill Convery is State Historian and Director of Exhibits & Interpretation at History Colorado. He started his career as a working historian as a resident "Ghost" of the Ashcroft Ghost Town National Historic Site near Aspen, and he has worked in various capacities at History Colorado since 1999.

He is the author of one book and multiple articles on Colorado history, and he is a regular contributor to the Emmy®-nominated Rocky Mountain PBS television series Colorado Experience.

The Denver Post identified Bill as a "Top Thinker" for 2012 for his work on the History Colorado Center.

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