Political Musicals

Burton Atkins
Movies / Politics

Course Description

This program will examine how ideas about politics, history and culture that often originated in musical theater have been transformed into film and thus preserved and made accessible to countless people across generations. The presenter will use clips from films such as Fiddler on the Roof, 1776, Cabaret, Evita, and Les Miserables to explore how popular entertainment examines enduring themes concerning power, class division, social conflict and discrimination.

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 also serves on the faculty at 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.