Who Are We?: A Festival Celebrating the Films of Ken Burns

President Bob Iuliano announces the first-ever Ken Burns film festival hosted by Gettysburg College.

April 20, 2022

Dear Campus Community,

Inspired by our special heritage, Gettysburg College is committed to strengthening American democracy. In practice, this means providing our students and broader community with opportunities to learn from those who have devoted their lives to it.

Today, I have the honor of announcing that Gettysburg College will host the first-ever film festival dedicated solely to the work of award-winning documentarian Ken Burns. Who Are We?: A Festival Celebrating the Films of Ken Burns will be held on February 10 - 12, 2023, at the Majestic Theater.

During his distinguished 40-year career, Ken Burns has directed and produced many of the most acclaimed historical documentaries about war, racism, and presidential history. Together, his films have won 16 Emmy Awards and earned two Oscar nominations.

Ken is excited to meet personally with our departments and classes over the three-day festival to discuss his films and how they can inform our students’ thinking and actions as tomorrow’s leaders. While planning is still underway, the films scheduled to be discussed include “Brooklyn Bridge,” “The Roosevelts,” “The Civil War,” “Central Park Five,” “Vietnam War,” “The War,” and “Country Music.” More information will be available in the 2022-23 academic year.

I want to take this opportunity to extend my deepest thanks to Jake Boritt, Jeffrey Gabel and the staff of the Majestic Theater, and the many others who have worked diligently over the last year and a half to make this festival possible.

Few individuals throughout our nation’s history have had a more profound impact in shaping American discourse than Ken Burns. His timeless works challenge us to see our country from new perspectives and encourage us to engage in the defining issues of our time. We are both excited and grateful for the opportunity to spotlight Ken’s artistry in this first-of-its-kind film festival!


Bob Iuliano