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Reel Jews and Judaism, Part II:
How Movies Create a Cultural Record of Jewish History and Traditions
Burton Atkins

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Building upon Lifelong Learning’s previous program about “Reel Jews and Judaism,” which received such an enthusiastic response, a second session examining how Jews and Judaic traditions have been portrayed in movies is being offered. Since it began as a form of mass entertainment, cinema has drawn upon ideas rooted in Jewish history and culture to tell dramatic, comedic and sometimes tragic stories about the Jewish people and their extraordinary ability to survive and thrive since the very beginnings of human history. Although these films typically focus on both religious themes rooted in Judaism and secular issues drawn from Jewish history, the ideas in these movies often provide insights into an array of issues that go far beyond Jews as a people or Judaism as a religion and culture. Using clips from movies as diverse as Hester Street, The Pawnbroker, The Chosen, A Serious Man and The Pianist, this  program will examine how movies have created part of the historical and cultural record of Jewish life and tradition.

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, serving as Director of the FSU International Affairs Program.

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Date: Monday, December 4, 2017
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$120 for any combination of eight events, members only

No Refunds Will be Given for One-Time Events Purchased Within a Discounted Bundle
Non-member - $35
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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