Film as History: Using Movies as Historical Record
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Both history and people tell great stories. Movies, like literature, often turn to history and historical people for sources of inspiration both to entertain and teach us about our past. This lecture series will use excerpts from movies with historical themes, mostly, but not exclusively, from the American experience, to examine a variety of issues about politics and culture that form the basis of our collective understanding of who we are as a people.
1. Beckett (1964) / Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
2. Lincoln (2012) / Wilson (1944)
3. The Age of Innocence (1993) / Hester Street (1975)
4. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) / Paths of Glory (1957)
5. J. Edgar (2011) / Chinatown (1974)
6. Triumph of the Will (1934) / The Pianist (2002)
7. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1965) / Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
8. Thirteen Days (2000) / Dr. Strangelove (1964)
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Burton Atkins is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Florida State University (FSU) and currently teaches political science at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). He also serves on the faculties at Virginia Tech and Penn State Universities. In his 35-year career at FSU, Dr. Atkins taught a variety of courses on and wrote extensively about constitutional law and U.S. politics; served as chair of the Political Science department; lived in London from 1992 to 1997 while serving as the Director of FSU’s London Study Center; and from 1997 until his retirement in 2006, served as Director of the FSU International Affairs Program. An avid supporter of international education, Dr. Atkins has organized and led study semesters abroad to London, Brussels, and Paris for FSU and FAU.
||10:00 am - 11:45 am
||Thursdays, September 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
||$68 member / $98 non-member