PROGRAM DETAILS

Spielberg and History

Instructor
Stephen Berk
Category
History / Movies
WPL01072

Course Description

Every Spielberg history film has one grand historical scene. This lecture deals with Schindlers's List, Saving Private Ryan, and Amistad. Video clips be will shown from these movies and their historical accuracy will be discussed.

About the Instructor

  • Stephen Berk, PhD, is a Professor of History at Union College in Schenectady, New York, where he holds the Henry and Sally Schaffer Chair in Holocaust and Jewish Studies. He is the author of Year of Crisis, Year of Hope: Russian Jewry and the Pogroms of 1881-1882. Berk has written articles on Russian and Jewish history, anti-Semitism, and the Middle East. In 2010, Berk was designated an Israel Hero for his defense and advocacy of the State of Israel by JERNY, the Jewish Educational Resources of New York. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Citizen Laureate Award from the University of Albany Foundation.