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“What’s Past is Prologue":
Using Movies as Historical Records
Burton Atkins

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Shakespeare’s famous observation in The Tempest serves as a reminder that what has come before constructs a foundation for what lies ahead. That is why movies, like literature, often turn to history for inspiration, entertainment and source material. Movies remind us about our past but also provide lessons for the future. Historical events, and the people who were part of them, also tell great stories. This series will use excerpts from movies with diverse historical themes to examine a variety of issues concerning how the past has helped to craft our contemporary world and provide a context for understanding who we are as a people. (The film selection and order of presentation is subject to change.)

1. British Historical Dramas: Beckett (1964); The Lion in Winter (1968)
2. America’s Beginnings: The New World (2005); John Adams (2008)
3. A House Divided: Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940); The Conspirator (2010)
4. America Expands West: The Searchers (1956); The Man who Shot Liberty Valance (1962); Little Big Man (1970)
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: 11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Date: Wednesdays, March 14, 21, 28; April 4
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $50
Non-member - $65
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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