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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns to host lectures at Chautauqua

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will host a series of morning lectures next week at Chautauqua Institution, covering his acclaimed “Civil War” series and an upcoming release about the Vietnam War.
Starting Monday and ending Aug. 8, Burns will give talks about the subjects of his documentaries in the Amphitheater each morning at 10:45.
“A Week with Ken Burns: Historian, Documentarian and American Conscience” will cover different works throughout the week:
• Monday, he will join his daughter, Sarah Burns, and son-in-law, David McMahon, to discuss their 2012 documentary “The Central Park Five,” about black and Latino teenagers falsely accused and jailed for the 1989 rape of a white woman. The film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
• During the rest of the week, Burns also will discuss his nine-part series “The Civil War” and an upcoming work about the Vietnam War to be released in 2016.
• Aug. 7 and 8, Burns and his longtime collaborator, historian Geoffrey Ward, will preview their newest film, “The Roosevelts,” to be released this fall. It will tell the story of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the history of their times from Theodore Roosevelt’s domestic program to the New Deal and the founding of the United Nations.
Also next week, National Public Radio host Krista Tippett will host an interfaith lecture series in the afternoon.
Her guests include Brazilian philosopher Roberto Mangabeira Unger, who will appear Monday, and a Tuesday conversation with Imani Perry, a professor of African-American studies at Princeton University and author of “The Hood: Politics and Poetics of Hip Hop.”
Day tickets to the institution range from $14 to $40. Call 357-6250 or check

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