Ken Burns Appearance at Washington University – November 16, 2012

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Ken Burns Appearance at Washington University November 16, 2012

John Vachon
A migrant womann and small child. Oskaloosa, Kansas. October 1938.
Credits: John Vachon; The Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will speak at Washington University at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 16, in the 560 Music Center, located at 560 Trinity Avenue in University City. Doors will open at 4 p.m. The Washington University Campus Store will make books available for purchase, and a book-signing will follow the talk. This event is free and open to the public.

Burns’ new film, The Dust Bowl, will air on PBS stations on November 17 and 18. Burns will receive the 2012 International Humanities Medal and an accompanying cash prize of $25,000, made possibly through the generosity of donors and Washington University alumni Phyllis Wilson Grossman and her husband David Grossman.

Burns rose to fame with the debut in 1990 of The Civil War, which aired on PBS stations and set new standards for documentary filmmaking. He followed up four years later with Baseball. In these and later miniseries, Burns revealed an American culture deeply conflicted about and uniquely shaped by race.

Location, Parking, Seating, Shuttle Service

The 560 Music Center is located at the corner of Trinity Avenue and Delmar Boulevard, at the west end of the Delmar Loop. The talk will be held in the 560 Music Center’s E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, which seats 1100 people. There will be open seating, first-come, first-served, for this free event. The doors open at 4 p.m., and the program begins at 5.

This link leads to directions and a map: . There is nearby street parking as well as a Music Building parking lot behind the building and a larger parking lot a few blocks east on Delmar.

Courtesy shuttle service between the Danforth Campus and the 560 Music Building will run continuously from the base of the Brookings stairs to the 560 building from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Students, staff, and the general public may ride the shuttle. Campus parking is available in the Danforth University Center garage and in the metered parking lot east of the Kemper Art Museum.

Sponsored by The Center for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Washington University Libraries.


3 Responses to “Ken Burns Appearance at Washington University – November 16, 2012”

  1. Lori M Irwin November 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    I am interested in finding out how you went about arranging this appearance with Ken Burns. I am at Albright College in Reading, PA.

  2. wufilmarchive November 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    Hello, this event was actually sponsored by The Center for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Washington University Libraries. The Film Archive didn’t make the arrangements. This page gives his agent and her contact info: or if you are a Pro member of IMDB, his page has a contact link:
    Hope that helps!

    • Irwin, Lori M. November 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

      Thanks very much for your help!

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