Award-winning documentarian to speak at Purdue

Documentarian Ken Burns will hold a lecture at Purdue University on Thursday, Sept. 22, at Elliott Hall of Music. (WLFI File Photo)
Documentarian Ken Burns will hold a lecture at Purdue University on Thursday, Sept. 22, at Elliott Hall of Music. (WLFI File Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will speak at Purdue University Thursday night as part of the school’s series on Corporate Citizenship and Ethics.

Burns’ lecture titled “The American Experience” will look into history of the United States and its influence on the world.

He is known around the world for his award-winning documentaries.

“Ken Burns is internationally recognized, and I think his message will resonate with a lot of folks who are interested in our speaker series,” said Phillip VanFossen, Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship director.

A preview of his newest film “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War” will also be shown during his lecture.

“He is a tremendous storyteller and I think if you watch his films, you’ll see that he has a way of keeping viewers’ interest while keeping a great historical perspective throughout and always personalizing the stories,” said Tim Newton, Krannert School of Management director of external relations and communications.

The lecture will be held Thursday, Sept. 22, at 6:30 p.m. in Purdue’s Elliott Hall of Music. The event is free and open to the public.

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