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Ken Burns Documentaries: Mark Twain and The Central Park Five

October 12 @ 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

As part of the Ken Burns Film Series this fall, the following Burns’ documentaries will be examined on Thursday, Oct 12, starting at Noon in the Student Life Center

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 and huge popularity, but also 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.

Screenings and discussions are free and open to all. Ken Burns will be on campus Friday, Oct. 27 to talk about his documentaries, including The Vietnam War, currently showing nationally on PBS affiliates.

For additional details please contact Student Life & Activities at (732) 224-2788 or email


October 12
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Warner Student Life Center
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738 United States
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