Program Details

Schindler's List:  A Retrospective

Burton Atkins
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Steven Spielberg’s powerful, award-winning 1993 film was the first major studio production to address the horrors of the Holocaust. Made by one of the most successful directors in history, "Schindler’s List" remains a testament to how a mainstream motion picture, capable of reaching millions of people, can serve as a searing history lesson about both the brutality of hatred stirred by state-sanctioned anti-Semitism and the resiliency of the human spirit. This lecture will use clips from “Schindler’s List” to examine the legacy of a film that changed the landscape of how we come to grips with understanding the Holocaust and the imprint it left on human history.

About the Instructor

  • Burton Atkins, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of political science at Florida State University (FSU). Currently, he teaches political science at FAU. 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.