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).
What do you think will happen when moviemaker Burns is again interviewed by TV critic Bianculli? Our own Professor David Bianculli, best known outside Rowan University for his work as a TV critic (tvworthwatching.com) and guest host on NPR’s Fresh Air, will moderate a conversation about making documentaries, selecting the next subject, and making a difference in the way people think about critical issues in historic and contemporary American life.
To make things more interesting, the audience can contribute questions and comments via social media. The event is free to Rowan University students, faculty, staff, alumni, and neighbors. Follow us on Twitter and use #RUKenBurnsFans and #RUPresidentsLecture16 to submit your questions for Ken Burns before the event.