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.

Cagney, Bogart and Brando: Film Icons of the 20th Century

A film historian once commented that if you wanted to learn about America in the 20th century, then go to the movies. The film careers of James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Marlon Brando alone span about 50 years of the 20th century. Using film clips from some of their great performances in such films as “The Public Enemy”; “Yankee Doodle Dandy”; “Casablanca”; “The African Queen”; “The Caine Mutiny”; “On the Waterfront”; “Guys and Dolls”; and “The Godfather”; this lecture will discuss how movies provide a lens through which to examine the issues and values associated with politics and culture that define who we are as a people.

Lecture # F1R3
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  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Thursday, November 13, 2014
  Time:2:15– 3:45 p.m.
  Fee:$25/member; $35/non-member
Film, Politics and History
How Movies Educate and Entertain

This course will use film as our “visual text” to explore a variety of historical, political and cultural issues that have served as popular themes in motion pictures. The films used in the course range from early silent movies, such as “Metropolis”, which explores issues of social class divisions, power and utopian visions of the future to movies about how 9/11 transformed both American foreign policy as well as the kinds of movies we watch in theaters and on television as popular entertainment.

(The film selection and order of presentation is subject to change).

Eight Lectures
  1. War and Colonial Power — “The Battle of Algiers”; “The Day of the Jackal”
  2. Looking Forward to Understand the Present — “Metropolis”; “Fahrenheit 451”; “Minority Report”
  3. The Media and Power — “Network”; “Talk Radio”
  4. Law and Justice — “A Civil Action”; “The Verdict”
  5. Civil Conflict in Democratic Society — “Michael Collins”; “In the Name of the Father”
  6. Contemporary Views of the Holocaust — “The Reader”; “Sarah’s Key”
  7. Before and After September 11th, 2001 — “Argo”; “The Hurt Locker”
  8. Politics and Justice in Shakespeare — “Julius Caesar”; “Henry V”; “Merchant of Venice”
Course # F8W4 — Full 8 weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Wednesdays — October 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12; December 3, 10 – No Class November 19 and 26
  Time:3:30–5:00 p.m.
  Fee:$68/member; $98/non-member
Course # F4W5 — Last 4 weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Wednesdays — November 5, 12; December 3, 10 – No Class November 19 and 26
  Time:3:30–5:00 p.m.
  Fee:$34/member; $54/non-member