Ken Burns in the Classroom

Ken Burns has been making documentary films for over forty years.

Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including,

The Civil War; Baseball: Jazz; The Statue of Liberty; Huey Long; Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery; Frank Lloyd Wright; Mark Twain; Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson; The War; The National Parks: America’s Best Idea; The Roosevelts: An Intimate History; Jackie Robinson; Defying Nazis: The Sharps’ War; The Vietnam War; The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Science; Country Music; and, most recently, College Behind Bars.

Future film projects include Ernest Hemingway, Muhammad Ali, The Holocaust, and the United States, Benjamin Franklin, Lyndon B. Johnson, and the Great Society, The American Buffalo, Leonardo da Vinci, The American Revolution, The History of Reconstruction, and Winston Churchill, among others.

Ken’s films have been honored with dozens of major awards, including sixteen Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, and two Oscar nominations; and in September 2008, at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Ken was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Science with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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