Ken Burns is without a doubt one of America’s most exceptional filmmakers. But he is also one of our great public speakers—a passionate and insightful auteur who reminds us of the timeless lessons of history and the enduring importance of the United States in the course of human events.
Ken Burns’ films—which include Baseball, Jazz and The Civil War—explore the history of America, and illuminate vistas of understanding, appreciation and empathy in the millions of people who watch them. His latest film, The War, tells the story of World War II through the personal accounts of nearly 40 men and women from four uniquely American towns. On film, Burns’ ability to bring a new perspective to American history is well-known. His work has won dozens of major awards, and two Oscar nominations.
Burns’ 1990 series, The Civil War, attracted over 40 million viewers to PBS and won over 40 awards, including two Emmys and a Peabody. His next major series, Baseball, also attracted over 40 million viewers and was called by Time “an instructive window into our national psyche.” Burns completed his American Trilogy with Jazz. Some of his other films, from his thirty years of producing and directing, include Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson and Brooklyn Bridge. Burns plans to continue his work well into the 2020s.