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Benjamin Franklin, a new two-part documentary directed by filmmaker Ken Burns, will air on WKAR TV April 4 and 5, 2022, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. and stream on video.wkar.org and the PBS Video app.

Film Preview with Q&A: Benjamin Franklin

New Ken Burns series explores life of scientist, inventor, writer, diplomat, and signer of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution

Thu., Mar. 31, 2022 at 7 p.m. on WKAR OVEE | Preview clips from the upcoming Ken Burns series and join the conversation around Benjamin Franklin.

The film explores the life and work of one of the most consequential figures in American history—a prolific writer and publisher, a groundbreaking scientist and inventor, a world-renowned diplomat and a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.

Registration is required for this virtual event.

Following the clips, join a moderated online discussion featuring:

  • Emily Conroy-Krutz, MSU Department of History Associate Professor (Field: 19th Century, Religious, Women & Gender)
  • Katy Haas, Co-Producer of Benjamin Franklin
  • Clay Jenkinson, humanities scholar, author, and social commentator

RSVP HERE to join the clips screening and conversation around Benjamin Franklin from the comfort and safety of your home. Conversation with the panel begins at approximately 7:30 p.m.

More About the Full Film
Ken Burns two-part, four-hour documentary, Benjamin Franklin, explores the revolutionary life of one of the 18th century's most consequential and compelling personalities, whose work and words unlocked the mystery of electricity and helped create the United States. Franklin's 84 years (1706-1790) spanned an epoch of momentous change in science, technology, literature, politics, and government — fields he himself advanced through a lifelong commitment to societal and self-improvement.

A presentation of WKAR in partnership with the Michigan State History Association, DAR of Michigan, and the Historical Society of Michigan.


A New Kind of Virtual Event - OVEE
This film screening and conversation is a virtual event hosted by WKAR on the OVEE platform. OVEE stands for Online Viewing and Engagement Experience.

Created by ITVS and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), OVEE combines quality HD media and livestream content with the community-building conversation of social media in a single-screen experience.

First-time registrants will create a free OVEE account and will be asked to provide their birthdate to verify their age as 13 or older. Accounts can be anonymous.

If you have questions about this event or the OVEE platform, please send an email to events@wkar.org

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