Race in America with Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates
Saturday, March 12
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates have explored how race is part of the American fabric.They examine how race and conceptions of race, along with ideas about freedom and independence, influence our politics and policies, from abolitionism to civil rights to the war on poverty and what it means to have an African American as President.
With USC Professor Todd Boyd as moderator, Burns and Gates will discuss why race is critical to their understanding of America and their work and how as a nation we deal with race today.
Dr Todd Boyd
The Katherine & Frank Price Chair for the Study of Race & Popular Culture
USC, School of Cinematic Arts
Dr. Todd Boyd, aka Notorious Ph.D., is the Katherine and Frank Price Endowed Chair for the Study of Race and Popular Culture and Professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the USC School of Cinematic...Show the rest
Dr. Todd Boyd, aka Notorious Ph.D., is the Katherine and Frank Price Endowed Chair for the Study of Race and Popular Culture and Professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He was a producer/co-writer on the Paramount Pictures celebrated cult classic The Wood (1999) and he has been a regular contributor to ESPN, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, HBO Sports, ESPN.com, Jim Rome on Showtime, and National Public Radio. A prominent media commentator, Dr. Boyd is well known for appearing in numerous documentaries including, Twenty Feet From Stardom (2013) winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. He has also appeared in Trojan Wars (ESPN “30 For 30,” 2015), Fresh Dressed (2015), Richard Pryor: Icon (PBS, 2014), The Doctor (NBA TV, 2013), The Godfather Legacy (History Channel, 2012), Uprising: Hip Hop and the LA Riots (VH1, 2012), and The Running Rebels of UNLV (HBO, 2011) among many other documentaries. His body of work also includes seven books and over one hundred articles, essays, reviews, and other forms of written commentary. Dr. Boyd provided the voice over for the 2014 Beats By Dre Super Bowl commercial “Richard Sherman: The Pundits,” and in September 2015 he hosted “An Evening with Denzel Washington: In Conversation With Dr. Todd Boyd” at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.Hide the rest
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Emmy Award-winning filmmak...Show the rest
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, Professor Gates has authored or co-authored twenty books and created fourteen documentary films.
His groundbreaking genealogy series Finding Your Roots returned to PBS for a third season in January 2016. His series Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise will air on PBS in the fall of 2016. The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (2013), which he wrote, executive produced, and hosted, earned the Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Program—Long Form, as well as the Peabody Award, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and NAACP Image Award.
The recipient of fifty-five honorary degrees and numerous prizes, Professor Gates was a member of the first class awarded “genius grants” by the MacArthur Foundation in 1981, and in 1998, he became the first African American scholar to be awarded the National Humanities Medal. He was named to Time’s 25 Most Influential Americans list in 1997, to Ebony’s Power 150 list in 2009, and to Ebony’s Power 100 list in 2010 and 2012. He earned his B.A. in English Language and Literature, summa cum laude, from Yale University in 1973, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from Clare College at the University of Cambridge in 1979.Hide the rest
Ken Burns has been making documentary films for more than 35 years. Since the Academy Award-nominated BROOKLYN BRIDGE in 1981, he has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed histor...Show the rest
Ken Burns has been making documentary films for more than 35 years. Since the Academy Award-nominated BROOKLYN BRIDGE in 1981, he has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made. His next film, JACKIE ROBINSON, will air on PBS on April 11 and 12, 2016.
Burns was the director, producer, co-writer, chief cinematographer, music director and executive producer of the landmark television series THE CIVIL WAR. The series has been honored with more than 40 major film and television awards, including two Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a Producer of the Year Award from the Producer’s Guild, a People’s Choice Award, a Peabody Award, a duPont-Columbia Award, a D.W. Griffiths Award and the $50,000 Lincoln Prize, among dozens of others.
Some of Burns’s other films include THE ROOSEVELTS (2014), THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (2013), THE DUST BOWL (2012), PROHIBITION (2011), THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA (2009), THE WAR (2007), co-directed with Lynn Novick, JAZZ (2001), LEWIS AND CLARK: THE JOURNEY OF THE CORPS OF DISCOVERY (1997) and BASEBALL (1994)
Burns was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1953. He graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1975.Hide the rest