Briefing Room


Celebrate Constitution Day with webcast featuring Ken Burns

September 9, 2013 | Events

Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns will participate in a Constitution Day panel discussion focusing on wrongful convictions and false confession in a live webcast to be aired at noon Sept. 17 in Room 245.

The Constitution Project will present its annual Constitutional Commentary Award to Burns and his colleagues for their work on The Central Park Five, a documentary that tells the story of five Harlem teenagers who were wrongly convicted of raping a woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. Even though DNA evidence from the crime did not match any of The Central Park Five, they were still convicted, based largely on their false confessions. The film explores why innocent people sometimes confess to crimes they did not commit.

The panel discussion is expected to last two hours and will include excerpts from the documentary.