On Friday, September 20, award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will give an address on race and the civil war. This speech will begin at 2 p.m. in the Langdell South classroom of Harvard Law School. This event is free and open to the public.

Burns is best known for his five-part documentary film, The Civil War, which has been digitally remastered and will be shown on PBS beginning on September 22. Burns has also done documentary films on topics such as baseball, jazz, and Mark Twain.

Following Burns’ talk and clips from his films, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Dean Drew Gilpin Faust will moderate a discussion on race in America.

This event is co-sponsored by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research the nation’s oldest research center dedicated to the study of the history, culture, and social institutions of African Americans. Named after the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University (1896), the institute serves as the site for research projects, fellowships for emerging and established scholars, publications, conferences, and working groups.