A Conversation with Geoffrey C. Ward

A Conversation with Geoffrey C. Ward

Sat, 09/26/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Join us for an afternoon with editor, author, historian and writer Geoffrey Ward.

WXXI is pleased to bring Geoffrey Ward to the Little Theatre on Saturday, September 26 at 2 p.m. WXXI's Evan Dawson hosts a conversation with the man who has collaborated with Ken Burns for more than 30 years. He has been the sole or principal script writer for fourteen of Burns' documentaries including The Civil War, Baseball, The West, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony to name just a few.

Tickets are $60 (which includes a 1-year WXXI membership) and will available the day of the show at the door.

Mr. Ward was also the principal or sole writer of Nixon; Lindbergh; Reminiscing in Tempo; The KennedysThe Last BossTR; and Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided - all part of PBS’s “American Experience” series. For his work in documentary films, Ward has won two Writers’ Guild Awards, seven Christopher Awards, and six Emmys.

Ward is also an independent historian and biographer, the author of six other books, among them A First-Class Temperament: the Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, which won the National Book Critics Circle and Los Angeles Times Awards for Best Biography, the Francis Parkman Award of the Society of American Historians in 1989, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is currently at work on two books:A Disposition to be Rich, a biography of his great-grandfather the nineteenth century swindler, Ferdinand Ward; and a book about the Partition of India. He writes frequently about India and Indian wildlife.

He was senior picture editor at Encyclopedia Britannica in Chicago during the mid-1960s, founding editor of Audience magazine from 1970 to 1973, and managing editor and editor of American Heritage magazine from 1977 to 1982. For fourteen years he wrote a monthly column for American Heritage called “The Life and Times.”