2014 Conference Speakers

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Ken Burns

Ken Burns has directed and produced some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made. Showing the breadth of his interests, his films include The Civil War, Brooklyn Bridge, Thomas Jefferson, Baseball, Jazz, The War, Prohibition, The Dust Bowl, and The Central Park Five. His current projects include The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, a seven-episode series scheduled for broadcast in the fall of 2014, as well as films on Jackie Robinson, the Vietnam War and the history of country music. Mr. Burns’s films have received twelve Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations. Mr. Burns’s appearance is generously sponsored by the New England History Teachers Association, who will present the 2014 Kidger Award to Mr. Burns for his distinguished work in history.

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Henry Louis Gates

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University. He is the author most recently of Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008 and Black in Latin America. The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Reader spans 30 years of his work. Professor Gates has produced and hosted several series for PBS, most recently The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, which aired in the fall of 2013. He is also editor-in-chief of TheRoot.com, a daily online magazine focusing on issues of interest to the African American community and written from an African American perspective, and the Oxford African American Studies Center, the first comprehensive scholarly online resource in the field of African American and Africana Studies. Dr. Gates's appearance is generously sponsored by Oxford University Press.

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Caryl M. Stern

Caryl M. Stern is the President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. She joined the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer before assuming her current position in May 2007. Previously, Ms. Stern served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). She is the author of Believe in Zero: Learning from the World’s Children and the co-author of Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice . Ms. Stern has received numerous honors and recognition for her work. Most recently, she was acknowledged with the 2012 Leading Lights Award from The National Multicultural Institute and The FutureWork Institute.

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Eric Foner

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, is one of the country's most prominent historians. He is one of only two persons to serve as president of three major professional organizations: the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Society of American Historians. Professor Foner's publications have concentrated on the intersections of intellectual, political, and social history, and the history of American race relations. His most recent books are The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery (2010) and Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World (2008), an edited collection of original essays.

Dr. Foner's appearance is generously sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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