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Name: Kenneth Lauren Burns                                                           
Born: 29 July 1953 Brooklyn, New York, New York, U.S.                               
Kenneth Lauren Burns (born July 29, 1953) is an American director and producer       
of documentary films known for his style of making use of original prints and       
photographs. Among his most notable productions are The Civil War (1990),           
Baseball (1994), Jazz (2001) and The War (2007).                                     
Burns's documentaries have been nominated for two Academy Awards (Brooklyn           
Bridge in 1982 and The Statue of Liberty in 1986) and six of his documentaries       
have been nominated for one or more Emmy Awards. He won three Emmy Awards for       
The Civil War, for Baseball and for Unforgivable Blackness.                         
Burns was born in Brooklyn, New York City, and went on to graduate from Pioneer     
High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from       
Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1975, and went on to be one of       
the co-founders of Florentine Films. He received a Doctor of Humane Letters         
degree (an honorary degree from Bates College, L.H.D. in 2002), and currently       
resides in Walpole, New Hampshire with his wife Julie and three daughters. He       
endorses Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race.                                 
Burns's brother, Ric Burns, is also a noted documentary filmmaker.                   
Burns delivered the commencement address for the class of 2006 at Georgetown         
University and also for Lehigh University's class of 2006. He was also the           
keynote speaker for the opening of National History Day at the University of         
Maryland in 2007.