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The Dust Bowl: A Discussion with Ken Burns

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm
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Kellie Nault
Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, 5 Harvard Yard, Cambridge

Ken Burns Harvard Lecture from HUCE on Vimeo.

Ken Burns, Academy Award-winning documentarian, will visit Harvard to share clips from his new film, “The Dust Bowl,” and answer Q&A about his craft. For Harvard affiliates only.

The Dust Bowl, a two-part, four-hour documentary from Ken Burns, chronicles this critical moment in American history in all its complexities and profound human drama.  It is part oral history, using compelling interviews of 26 survivors of those hard times—what will probably be the last recorded testimony of the generation that lived through the Dust Bowl.  Filled with seldom seen movie footage, previously unpublished photographs, the songs of Woody Guthrie, and the observations of two remarkable women who left behind eloquent written accounts, the film is also a historical accounting of what happened and why during the 1930s on the southern Plains.

The Dust Bowl, airing on WGBH 2 on Nov 18 and 19, was directed by Ken Burns; written by Dayton Duncan; produced by Duncan, Burns and Julie Dunfey; and edited by Craig Mellish and Ryan Gifford. Funding is provided by Bank of America, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Public Broadcasting Service, National Endowment for the Humanities, The Rockefeller Foundation, Wallace Genetic Foundation and members of The Better Angels Society, including the Dana A. Hamel Family Charitable Trust and Robert and Beverly Grappone.

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