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The 1960’s: A “Reel” Perspective on the Decade that Changed America
Burton Atkins

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This lecture series will use films as our visual texts to explore a variety of issues about politics and culture during the 1960’s. Each week we will view portions of movies from or about the 1960's that lend insight into how motion pictures provide a historical perspective on a decade that started with the optimism associated with the election of John Kennedy but ended in a swirl of conflict and controversy rooted in an unpopular war, an explosive civil rights struggle, assassinations of prominent political figures and the emergence of a sociopolitical counter-culture. (Note that the film selection and order of presentation is subject to change.)

1. Race and Civil Rights- Mississippi Burning; Selma
2. Coping with the Nuclear Age- Dr. Strangelove; Fail Safe
3. The New Youth Culture- Easy Rider; The Graduate
4. Vietnam- The Deer Hunter; Born on the Fourth of July
5. Politics, Paranoia and Conspiracy- Seven Days in May; The Manchurian Candidate
6. Resistance to the Establishment- Cool Hand Luke; Medium Cool
7. Musicals with 60's Themes- West Side Story; Hair
8. The Changing Mood of the Decade- Blow Up; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf; The Swimmer
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 faculty at Penn State University. 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. 

Time: 11:15 am - 1:00 pm
Date: Wednesdays, January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 2
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $74
Door price member/non-member - $110

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