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How Movies Inform Us About American Politics and Political Debate
Burton Atkins

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: With every passing year and with each political election cycle, debate evolves and even seems to intensify concerning the core issues and values driving American democracy. This series will use film as our visual text to examine how movies have both challenged and enlightened us about the people and debates that form the basis of American politics. (Film selection and order of presentation are subject to change)

LECTURES:
1. Choosing Candidates - State of the Union / The Best Man
2. Organizing Presidential Campaigns - Primary Colors / The War Room
3. Political Ambition - The Seduction of Joe Tynan / Bob Roberts
4. Politicians and Power - The Candidate / The Ides of March
5. Lessons From Abroad About Women in Politics - The Iron Lady / The Queen
6. The Documentary Political Film - The Fog of War / Bowling for Columbine
7. Congress and Democracy - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington / Advise and Consent
8. Presidential Style and Leadership - Frost-Nixon / Seven Days in May
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Burton Atkins is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Florida State University. Currently, he teaches political science at Florida Atlantic University 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 US politics and served as chair of the Political Science Department. He 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.

F382
Time: 11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Date: Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 29
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $100
Non-member - $130
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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