About the event

Gary Giddins will speak with Geoffrey C. Ward, a writer who has uniquely made his mark in both the world of books and documentary films. Among his biographies are two volumes on the emergence of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, including A First-Class Temperament, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Francis Parkman Prize, and Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. He is also a five-time Emmy winner whose work is known to millions of Americans for having helped to revolutionize documentary filmmaking in such Ken Burns films as The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, Huey Long, Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain, and the recently televised Prohibition.