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High Noon:
A Classic Film that Speaks Across the Decades
Burton Atkins

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: To say that High Noon, the award winning 1952 movie, is simply about the recently married and retired Marshall Will Kane, played by Gary Cooper, standing up to the archetypal bad guy, Frank Miller who’s arriving on the noon train and seeking revenge against Kane, would be to miss the multi-layered political themes and ideas woven into this great western. At one level, the sub-text of High Noon reflects the political mood of the early 1950s, a metaphor for, among other things, how the House Un-American Activities Committee search for communists and communist sympathizers cast a pall over American politics and society. But the movie addresses broader themes as well, such as how the success and vibrancy of a community depends largely upon the willingness of its citizens to cooperate and participate in its civil culture and collective responsibilities. Although released over half-a-century ago, the ideas expressed in High Noon still inform us today. This lecture will use excerpts from High Noon to explore these and other issues found in this complex and classic western film.

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: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
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