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Ken Burns

Keynote Speaker

Historian and Award-Winning Filmmaker

One of the most recognizable and popular documentary filmmakers of our time, Ken Burns chronicles those aspects of U.S. history that make us uniquely American.

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Ken Burns, a visionary documentary filmmaker, is a master storyteller who brings history to life through his captivating narratives. With a career spanning decades and an array of acclaimed documentaries, including “The Civil War” and “The Vietnam War,” Burns has set the gold standard for historical storytelling. His presentations are a journey through time, blending meticulous research, rich visual storytelling, and profound insights into the human experience.

Audiences can expect to be transported to different eras, gaining a deeper understanding of pivotal moments in history and the enduring lessons they offer. Burns’ approach is characterized by his commitment to authenticity and his ability to humanize historical figures, making them relatable and relevant to contemporary audiences. His talks delve into the art of storytelling, the power of history, and the role of documentary filmmaking in shaping our understanding of the past. Hiring Ken Burns as a speaker is an opportunity to ignite a passion for history, storytelling, and the exploration of the human condition, leaving audiences informed, inspired, and profoundly moved.

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PBS News: Why America is still raw over the Vietnam War

Ken Burns’s Speech Topics

  • Presentations by Ken Burns

    In addition to offering a conversational format — where Ken responds to questions from a moderator on his life’s work, issues in history, or contemporary American culture — the following keynotes are available. Audience Q&A optional for all formats.

    • Old Ghosts and Ancient Tones (Country Music)
    • A History of the World (The Vietnam War)
    • The Rising Road (The Roosevelts: An Intimate History)
    • A Treasure House of Nature’s Superlatives (The National Parks: America’s Best Idea)
    • Sharing the American Experience (The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz)
    • No Ordinary Lives (The War) topic World War II
    • Mystic Chords of Memory (The Civil War)
    • American Lives (combination of selected biographical films: Jackie Robinson, Mark Twain, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, Frank Lloyd Wright, Lewis and Clark, Thomas Jefferson.)

What other organizations say about Ken Burns

Ken was one of the nicest speakers we’ve ever had. He was very easy to work with and spent a gracious amount of time with anyone who asked. He was very well received at the event, reception and book signing. All were well attended.

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