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Ken Burns to Deliver NEH Annual Jefferson Lecture in Humanities

SI Neg. 2002-16752.18A. Date: 9/18/2002. Documentary film maker Ken Burns speaking at the National Press Club about the digital PBS re-release of his series "The Civil War" Credit: Jim Wallace (Smithsonian Institution)

SI Neg. 2002-16752.18A. Date: 9/18/2002.
Documentary film maker Ken Burns speaking at the National Press Club about the digital PBS re-release of his series “The Civil War”
Credit: Jim Wallace (Smithsonian Institution)

“The Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, established by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in 1972, is the highest honor the federal government confers for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.” For Osher Institutes, the Jefferson Lecture is a great opportunity to utilize NEH public programming as it is open for local members who would like to attend and is also streamed live online and archived so that OLLIs throughout the country can participate.

The 2016 lecture will be held in Washington DC, at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, on May 9th at 7:30pm Eastern Time. Ken Burns, a 14 time Emmy and two time Grammy award winning filmmaker has been selected to deliver the Jefferson Lecture and will discuss “Race in America, a topic he has illuminated and confronted through his nearly 40 years of directing and producing acclaimed historical documentaries.” Ken Burns said, “I am honored to have been selected to deliver the Jefferson Lecture. The NEH has been a partner on many of my films. But more importantly, I have been inspired by the NEH’s vision and values and support for countless writers, artists and filmmakers. As such, the NEH as a federal agency is, in my mind, of equal importance to those other public services that we consider most essential.”

For more information or to register for the event, visit the NEH website.

References:

http://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2016-01-19

http://www.neh.gov/about/awards/jefferson-lecture

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