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Ken Burns Spearheading Hampshire College Fundraising Campaign

A white man with a neat goatee stands at a podium
John Courtmanche
Hampshire College
Ken Burns at the fundraiser campaign announcement at Hampshire College on December 3rd, 2019

Documentarian Ken Burns made his first film as a student at Hampshire College in 1975. He’s gone on to make dozens of critically acclaimed examinations of American history, ranging from jazz and baseball to the Vietnam War and country music. Now, Burns has attached his name to his alma mater’s new fundraising effort, which he says is vital to its survival. Burns spoke with WAMC about the experimental college’s attempt to raise $60 million over the next five years, and his experience at Hampshire.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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