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Ken Burns plans National Press Club Luncheon speech on "The Roosevelts" on Sept. 15

August 19, 2014 | By Amy Henderson | HendersonAE@si.edu

Filmmaker Ken Burns will discuss his new PBS series "The Roosevelts" at a Press Club Luncheon on Sept. 15.

Filmmaker Ken Burns will discuss his new PBS series "The Roosevelts" at a Press Club Luncheon on Sept. 15.

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Filmmaker and honorary National Press Club member Ken Burns plans to discuss his new PBS series "The Roosevelts" at a Press Club Luncheon on Sept. 15.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., with remarks beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m.

This event is only open to Club members and their guests. Tickets cost $22 for NPC members (members may purchase two tickets at this rate) and $36 for all other non-member tickets, and may be purchased here. For questions, please email reservations@press.org or call (202)662-7501. Tickets must be paid for at the time of purchase.

This seven-part, 14-hour film begins Sept. 14 and covers the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962. During the course of the Roosevelt Century, Theodore would become the 26th president of the United States and his niece Eleanor would marry his fifth cousin Franklin, who would become the 32nd president. Burns chronicles how these three individuals not only redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and with each other, but also defined the role the United States played on the modern world stage. Among the topics covered are the creation of the National Parks, the digging of the Panama Canal, the passage of the New Deal, the defeat of Hitler, the postwar struggles for civil rights at home and human rights abroad. The series will also tell stories about love, betrayal, loyalty, and personal courage.

Over the past three decades, Burns has reinvented the documentary medium in such classic PBS series as "The Civil War," "Jazz," and "Prohibition." The award-winning filmmaker was honored with NPC membership in 2012 when he spoke about his film "The Central Park Five."

NPC Members who wish to attend the pre-luncheon reception must RSVP separately to VIPreception@press.org 48 hours before the event. Space may be limited. You must have a paid reservation to the Luncheon to attend the VIP reception.

To submit a question in advance, put BURNS in the subject line and email to president@press.org before 10 a.m. on the day of the luncheon.