Filmmaker Ken Burns coming to Kent State

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Filmmaker Ken Burns will speak at the fifth Kent State University Presidential Speaker Series at 7:30 p.m. April 22 in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.

This ticketed event is open to the public. Free general admission tickets became available Monday at http://kentstate.universitytickets.com. A limited number of $15 chairback seats also will be available.

Burns' landmark series "The Civil War" was the highest-rated series in the history of American Public Television and attracted an audience of 40 million during its premiere in September 1990.

Burns' films have won 12 Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations, and in 2008, he was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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