2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Race in America with Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates

Saturday, March 12
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Ballroom EFG
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.

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Dr Todd Boyd at SXSW

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...

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Henry Gates at SXSW

Henry Gates


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...

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Ken Burns at SXSW

Ken Burns


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...

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