Event—Public Programming

The 2023 Newberry Library Award Celebration

Ken Burns, award-winning documentary filmmaker

Ken Burns. Photo by Evan Barlow

Join the Newberry in honoring Ken Burns for his outstanding contributions to the humanities. Ken Burns has been making documentary films for over forty years. His films have received dozens of major awards, including sixteen Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, and two Oscar nominations. In September of 2008, at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Ken was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In November of 2022, Ken was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

The Newberry Library Award is presented annually to recognize achievement in the humanities in the tradition of the Newberry, which has cultivated the life of the mind since its founding in 1887. Past recipients include Ira Glass and This American Life; Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; and Carla Hayden, 14th Librarian of Congress, among others.

6 pm: Cocktails

7 pm: Presentation of the Newberry Library Award and Conversation with Ken Burns

8 pm: Dinner

For more information about the event, please contact Jennifer Shulman at shulmanj@newberry.org or (312) 255-3594.

All purchases include tickets to the program and the following dinner. Table purchasers will be recognized on Newberry donor plaques; Sponsor table purchasers receive priority seating during the program and dinner, as well as ten invitations to an exhibition preview at the Newberry in 2023.

The estimated fair market value of benefits provided is $125 per person.

Virtual ticket buyers will be provided with a link to view a broadcast of the conversation with Ken Burns, which will be aired on May 12, 2023.