FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Burton Atkins, Ph.D.

Political Science

Burton Atkins, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Florida State University (FSU), currently teaches political science at FAU and is also an Adjunct Professor at Virginia Tech and Penn State. In his 35-year career at FSU, Professor Atkins wrote extensively about constitutional law and American 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 to 2006 served as Director of FSU’s International Affairs Program. An avid supporter of international education, Professor Atkins has organized and led annual study semesters abroad to London, Brussels and Paris for FSU and FAU.

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

Since its beginning, movies have both entertained and been a source of ideas about history, politics and culture. This course will use portions of films, along with lectures and other materials, to explore a variety of issues about human nature, our history and contemporary problems.

Note: The film selection and order of presentation is subject to change.

Four Lectures
  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"
Course # S4R3 — Four Weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Thursdays — March 27; April 3, 10, 17
  Time:2:30–4:00 p.m.
  Fee:$34/member; $54/non-member