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The 1970s: A Movie Retrospective on a Painful Decade
Burton Atkins

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: As the 70s began many of the cultural and political issues that divided the country in the 1960s remained the focus of political debate and conflict. The assassinations of JFK, RFK and MLK continued to cast long, dark shadows on American society. The war in Vietnam continued to divide the country. The women’s equality movement gained momentum. The Watergate scandal riveted the nation and ended Nixon’s presidency. The OPEC oil embargo led to economic “stagflation” and long lines at gas stations. The Iranian hostage crisis doomed the presidency of Jimmy Carter and ushered in the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980. Still, as the 1970s progressed, signs of a mood change were apparent.  This series will use film clips as visual texts to examine political, social and cultural events that defined the 1970s. (The topics, film selection and order of presentation are subject to change).

1. Jack Nicholson Setting the Mood of the 70s: Five Easy Pieces (1970); One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
2. The 1970s Reaction to 1960s Liberalism: Dirty Harry (1971); Death Wish (1974)
3. Cultural and Political Commentary: Network (1976); Being There (1979)
4. Women’s Issues: The Stepford Wives (1975); Norma Rae (1979)
5. Nixon and Watergate: Nixon (1998); All the President’s Men (1976)
6. Music and 70s Culture: Saturday Night Fever (1977); The Last Waltz (1978)
7. Paranoia and Politics: The Parallax View (1974); The Conversation (1974)
8. Woody Allen’s World in the 1970s: Annie Hall (1977); Manhattan (1979)
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, January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $100
Non-member - $130
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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