Program Details

Reel Jews and Judaism: How Movies Create a Cultural Record of Jewish History and Traditions

Burton Atkins
Movies / Jewish Culture & History

Course Description

Because of the enthusiastic response from the Lifelong Learning community, we are presenting another program devoted to how Judaic traditions, culture and history have been portrayed in movies. Since its earliest days, cinema has drawn upon ideas rooted in Jewish traditions 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 focus on Judaic themes and secular issues drawn from Jewish history, the ideas in these movies often provide insight into an array of issues that go far beyond Jews as a people or Judaism as a religion and culture. Using clips from movies such as The Diary of Anne Frank, Exodus, Funny Girl, The Chosen and, Crossing Delancey this lecture will examine, again, how movies have created part of the historical and cultural record of Jewish life and tradition.

About the Instructor

  • Burton Atkins, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Florida State University (FSU). Currently, he teaches political science at FAU and for Penn State University. In his 35-year career at FSU, Atkins taught a variety of courses on and wrote extensively about constitutional law and U.S. 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, he served as Director of the FSU International Affairs Program.

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