One of the great things about politics is it literally impacts almost all of our daily lives including popular culture. Motion Pictures and documentaries regularly address political topics and thus provides an excellent avenue to explore political issues. Given this we started the Prof. Edwards Night at the Movies series. Several times a year the political science faculty will select a movie based on timely political topics and join the students in watching the movie. Funny or serious, real or fictional, these movies provide an interesting opportunity to explore political issues with your faculty members while taking a break from all of the intense course work. Of course there will be popcorn! Please join us for the next Prof. Edwards Night at the Movies.
Prof Edwards Night at the Movies: Nov. 1: Tuesday 6:00-8:00 pm 200 Prothro Yeager (Liberal Arts).
For the final election themed movie of this year we will be showing Election. Staring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon this movie explores the ins and outs of High School student council election. Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) knew she was always destined for 'Greatness' and student council president is just one stop along the way. Her teacher Mathew Broderick in the midst of a mid life crisis thinks otherwise. How will this conflict play out. Roger Ebert summarized election as, ""...here is a movie that is not simply about an obnoxious student, but also about an imperfect teacher, a lockstep administration, and a student body that is mostly just marking time until it can go out into the world and occupy valuable space"
Prof Edwards Night at the Movies: Oct. 25: Tuesday 6:00-8:00 pm 200 Prothro Yeager (Liberal Arts).
So we have made it into the final stretch. Only two weeks until the election and we are almost there. In an effort to introduce some laughs into the political discussion we will be holding another Prof Edwards Night at the Movies. This weeks movie stars John Travolta and Emma Thompson and is entitled Primary Colors. The film examines the campaign of a Presidential candidate that must face his past. As the political scandals mount, the candidate and his staff must decide how low they will go. Although full of laughs the movie was also described as, "insightful and very wise about the realities of political life" by movie critic Rodger Ebert. Join us for this funny and timely move.
Prof Edwards Night at the Movies: Oct. 11: Tuesday 6:00-8:00 pm 200 Prothro Yeager (Liberal Arts).
This weeks movie stars Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman. When the US President is caught in a all to real life sex scandal the government calls on the media to help. To distract the American public from the upcoming election the Whitehouse spin master and a top Hollywood producer create a made up war. To see if the phony war strategy works join us for this hilarious comedy. Political Science faculty will be there to discuss the role of the media in campaign politics.
Prof Edwards Night at the Movies: Sept. 20: Tuesday 6:00-8:00 pm 209 Prothro Yeager (Liberal Arts).
To get ready for election night this year we have decided to host a series of election themed movies that will enable us to discuss the nature of electoral politics in the US while also enjoying some good laughs. Our first movie DAVE stars Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver in a timeless comedy. Dave (Kevin Kline) is an ordinary guy who is asked to serve his country. In Dave's case the president is in a coma and Dave is asked to play the part of the US president. Come see how he does. We will provide free popcorn and the political science faculty will lead a discussion on how this movie illustrates several aspects of the role of the US President in our political system.