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Mark Samels, executive producer of PBS’s American Experience, to deliver keynote at Messiah College’s Spring Humanities Symposium

February 3rd, 2016

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Feb. 3, 2016) — Mark Samels, executive producer of PBS’s American Experience, will deliver the keynote address “To Tell a True Story” Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in Parmer Hall in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. The lecture is sponsored by the Messiah College Center for Public Humanities and is part of the College’s annual Humanities Symposium. Admission is free, but a ticket is required. To obtain a ticket, contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or visit For more information, contact Shirley Groff at

About Mark Samels

Mark Samels is executive producer of American Experience, PBS’s flagship history series. Under Samels’ leadership, the series has been honored with nearly every industry award, including the Peabody, Primetime Emmys, the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, Writers Guild Awards, and Sundance Film Festival Audience and Grand Jury Awards. In 2015, the series received its ninth Academy Award nomination for the critically acclaimed Last Days in Vietnam.

Samels has overseen the production of more than 115 films for American Experience, focusing on stories from America’s past that are highly resonant in the world today. Samels is a
founding member of the International Documentary Association and has served on the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Nonfiction Peer Group.
About the Humanities Symposium

Since 2004, the Center for Public Humanities at Messiah College has sponsored an annual Humanities Symposium devoted to the discussion of a common theme. Past symposium themes have included community and belonging, the human imagination, race in America, and technology and humanity. Keynote speakers have included James Leach, Alan Wolfe, Michele Norris and Henry Louis Gates Jr. Over the past 11 years, faculty and students have regularly contributed to the Humanities Symposium.

About Messiah College

Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Mechanicsburg, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg.

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