Inspired by the tradition of the University at Buffalo's Buffalo Film Seminars, Burchfield-Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.) continues hosting the film series called "History of Terrorism.” This idea was spearheaded by SUNY Buffalo State College History professors Albert Michaels and York Norman. Much like the Buffalo Film Seminars, “History of Terrorism” serves as both an accredited course for students and is open to the public.
“I wanted to develop a course that was interesting to the students at Buff State, utilized the Burchfield-Penney, where I also serve as a curator, and involved the community,” said Michaels.
With this idea in place, Michaels and Norman approached Burchfield-Penney’s Executive Director Tony Bannon who implemented it into the museum's series of lectures and film screenings known as "Ideas Prime."
Each film chosen by Michaels and Norman deals with different themes associated with global terrorism. For example, the film that opened the series, "Syriana" (2005), dealt with U.S. foreign policy and its effect on Middle Eastern terrorism; the second film, "Carlos" (2010), was the story of a Venezuelan revolutionary who created a terrorist cell in 1975.
After each screening, there is a panel consisting of one or two professors who are knowledgeable about terrorism, Middle Eastern relations or the film, and a discussion about the themes of the film.
Films are screened at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $3 or $5.
Here are future screenings:
March 3: "The Mumbai Massacre"
March 10: "Zero Dark Thirty"
March 31: "ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror"
April 7: "City of God"
April 21: "Narcos"
April 28: "El Infierno"
May 5: "No Country for Old Men"