Aspen Institute to honor Ken Burns on Aug. 8 |

Aspen Institute to honor Ken Burns on Aug. 8

Staff report

Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns will receive The Aspen Institute’s 2015 Public Leadership Award on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Burns will appear at the Greenwald Pavilion at the Aspen Meadows Campus, where Walter Isaacson will host a conversation with the filmmaker. The conversation is set for 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available through, 970-920-5770, or the Wheeler Opera House box office.

The reception and dinner will take place immediately following the conversation from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Doerr-Hosier Center. Tickets range in price. For more information, contact Melanie Levine at or visit

Ken Burns has been making documentary films for more than 35 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 & 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”; and most recently, “Cancer: The Emperor of all Maladies.” Future projects include films on Jackie Robinson, the Vietnam War, the history of country music, Ernest Hemingway, and the history of stand-up comedy.

Burns’ films have been honored with dozens of major awards, including 13 Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, and two Oscar nominations. At the 2008 News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Burns was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.