Finding Common Ground Through Storytelling: Ken Burns and PBS’s Paula Kerger in Conversation

Thursday, December 14, 2023
6:30 pm
The Paley Museum, 25 West 52 Street, NYC

For almost fifty years Ken Burns has been sharing American history through his acclaimed documentaries. Burns will join Paula Kerger, the longest-serving president and CEO in PBS history, to discuss the ways storytelling and media can foster a deeper understanding of American culture and history, helping to bridge the national divide and bring people with different viewpoints together.

The Baltimore Sun has called Ken Burns “not only the greatest documentarian of the day, but also the most influential filmmaker period.” Beginning with such early films as Brooklyn Bridge and The Civil War to his most recent The U.S. and the Holocaust and The American Buffalo, Burns has profoundly shown us a new way to view our collective past. Burns has always partnered with PBS, which Paula Kerger has transformed into a multiplatform digital media organization. Both Burns and Kerger have ushered in a new era for public television while preserving its essential mission of education, inspiration, and service to the American public.

This program is made possible by generous support from The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

In Person:
Ken Burns, Filmmaker
Paula Kerger, President and CEO, PBS

Stephen Battaglio, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times

Events and participants are subject to change.

Ticket Info

Paley Members enjoy exclusive ticket presale and discounts. Become a Member now for these and many other benefits. Members, to purchase tickets enter your Member ID (including dashes) or code in the access key field, then click the UNLOCK key.  

Tickets on sale NOW to Paley President's Circle, Patron Circle, and Partner Members
Paley Supporting, Family, and Individual Member presale opens Wednesday, Nov. 15
Public sale begins Thursday, Nov. 16

Members: $15
General Public: $25

More Paley Events Calendar

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 – Sunday, May 19, 2024

BEHIND THE MASK! Spotlighting the Show and the Costumes That Captivated America

PFLA24 Blast 8Events THUMB
Stars in Person at the DOLBY THEATRE
Tickets on Sale Now!
April 12—21, 2024
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, 90028

PaleyFest 2024

Paley24 Upcoming Apr2 CARD 8
Saturday, April 27, 2024
12:00 to 6:00 pm
The Paley Museum, 25 W 52 Street, NYC

Paley Celebrates Barbie