Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns 2011 Coe Contemporary Issues Forum speaker

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2010-12-13 12:48:16 - General

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will be the keynote speaker at the eighth Coe College Contemporary Issues Forum on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

Burns has been called "the most accomplished documentary filmmaker of his generation" by The New York Times.  His 1990 series, The Civil War, attracted over 40 million viewers to PBS and won over 40 awards, including two Emmys and a Peabody.  Other notable PBS productions by Burns include "Baseball" (1994), "Jazz" (2001), "Mark Twain" (2001), "The War" (2007), and "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" (2009).

His films explore the history of America, and illuminate vistas of understanding, appreciation and empathy in the millions of people who watch them. On film, Burns’ ability to bring a new perspective to American history is well-known.  He is also an accomplished public speaker who, with passion and insight, reminds audiences of the timeless lessons of history and the enduring importance of the United States in the course of human events.

Reserved seats will be available beginning on Monday, January 24, by calling the Coe Box Office at 319-399-8600 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for students and seniors.

Established by the late K. Raymond Clark '30, the Contemporary Issues Forum presents the views of distinguished leaders whose work has shaped and altered the course of world events.  The forum has featured former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, former Poland President Lech Walesa, deep-sea oceanographer Robert Ballard, civil rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau and ecology expert Jared Diamond.