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A Classroom Q&A with Ken Burns I The Vietnam War

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Teachers, we hope you will bring your class and join us for a live discussion with Ken Burns!

This event is specially designed for our middle school to high school students! PBS will deliver a memorable experience that allows students to form deeper, more personalized connections to the Vietnam War era through asking live questions with Ken Burns.

Speaker Bio:

Ken Burns has been making documentary films for almost 40 years. Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Burns has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including The Civil War; Baseball; Jazz; The Statue of Liberty; Huey Long; Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery; Frank Lloyd Wright; Mark Twain; Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson; The War; The National Parks: America’s Best Idea; The Roosevelts: An Intimate History; Jackie Robinson; and, most recently, Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War.

His newest film, The Vietnam War, a 10-part, 18-hour series co-directed by long-time partner Lynn Novick, aired on PBS in September 2017. Click here to learn more about Ken Burns.

Moderator Bio:

Michael Hernandez is an award-winning cinema and journalism teacher in Los Angeles. His work focuses on social justice issues through digital storytelling and student-centered classes where students are empowered to create an impact in their communities. His latest project, Digital Storytelling Trips Abroad, takes students and teachers to developing nations like Vietnam and Cuba to create documentaries about the history and culture of these countries. Michael is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator and PBS Digital Innovator, and speaks at national conferences like SXSW Edu about digital storytelling, media literacy and innovative teaching strategies. Follow Michael on Twitter, @cinehead and visit his website to continue the conversation.

Co-Moderator Bio:

Sydnie Cobb is a senior at DeKalb Early College Academy in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She has participated in National History Day in the documentary category since 10th grade. Her 10th and 11th grade projects entitled “Oppression: The Persecution of African-Americans in the Media in the 1920s-1960s” and “Rebels with a Cause: Youth Taking a Stand Against the Vietnam War” earned her the title of a state finalist. In 2016, Sydnie was also selected as a participant for National History Day’s 2017 Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Albert H. Small Student and Teacher Institute, where she studied World War II and the life of a fallen D-Day soldier for six months along with 14 other student-teacher groups. Outside of National History Day, Sydnie is involved in Student Government, Reading Bowl, 21st Century Leaders, and is Gold Award recipient for Girl Scouts.

This event is organized by PBS, National History Day, WETA, your local PBS station, and presenting partners. By registering, you are allowing these event organizers to contact you.

This virtual professional learning opportunity is powered by OVEE: a shared media viewing experience. Created by ITVS and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), OVEE combines quality HD media and livestream content with the community-building conversation of social media in a single-screen experience.

Through OVEE, filmmakers, educators, public media stations and other partners create online screenings that bring together fans, students, subject experts and special guests to watch streaming media and chat live in a virtual theater. The OVEE chat enables them to discuss the topic, share resources, and ask questions of panelists and experts featured in the video.


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