Sponsored by Student Life & Activities and the History & Political Science Department

Join us in two separate events examining four of Ken Burns’ best documentaries, in advance of his visit to Brookdale on October 27. We’ll look at selected highlights of each, followed by a discussion moderated by a Brookdale faculty member. Screenings and discussions are free and open to all. For additional details please contact Student Life & Activities at (732) 224-2788 or email studentlife@brookdalecc.edu

Tuesday, Sept. 26, starting at Noon in the Student Life Center

Jazz
This ten part series explores the evolution and the genius of America’s original art form, with engaging portraits of some of the jazz greats: Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Benny Goodman, Bix Beiderbecke, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and others.
Moderated by Joseph Accurso, Professor of Music.

Baseball
This nine part series examines nearly 200 years of American history through the prism of the national pastime. Burns shows how the game is both complex and contradictory: a pastoral game that was born and evolved in crowded cities, a democratic game that tolerates cheating and has excluded as many as were included, and a game that continues to produce complicated national icons.
Moderated by Larry Hartzell, Professor of History.

Thursday, Oct 12, starting at Noon in the Student Life Center

Twain
Considered in his time the funniest man in America, Twain was also an unflinching critic of human nature. He created some of literature’s most engaging characters while also using his humor to attack hypocrisy, greed, pretension, and racism. Burns’ documentary Twain examines the writer’s life of rollicking adventure, huge popularity, and occasional tragedy.
Moderated by Jack Ryan, Assistant Professor of English.

The Central Park Five
In 1989, five black and Latino teens were arrested and later convicted of the brutal rape of a white woman in Central Park; they spent some 6-13 years incarcerated before another man, a serial rapist, confessed to the crime. Burns’ documentary looks at police, municipal, and media behavior during and after the young men’s conviction.
Moderated by Barbara Gonos, Professor of Criminal Justice.

Remember to mark your calendars for Ken Burns’ visit to Brookdale on Friday, October 27 – all the details are here