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Film as Visual Text:
Exploring Themes of Human Nature, Conflict and Contemporary Politics in Movies
Burton Atkins

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Films have, from their conception, provided ideas about history, politics and culture. These lectures will use portions of films, along with discussion and other materials, to explore a variety of issues about human nature and contemporary problems. (Note: The film selection and order of presentation is subject to change).
1. Human nature, Politics and Society: The Devil and Daniel Webster/ Deliverance
2. The Western as Political and Cultural Text: The Searchers / Shane
3. The Impact of Globalization: Babel / Contagion
4. The Aftermath of 9/11 and the War on Terror: Lions For Lambs / Rendition
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Burton Atkins is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Florida State University (FSU). Currently he teaches political science at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and  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 in London, Brussels, and Paris for FSU and FAU.

Time: 11:00 am - 12:45 pm
Date: Thursdays, March 20, 27; April 3, 10
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $34 member / $54 non-member

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