What’s goin’ on at the Avon: Documentary by prof and alums debuts in Providence

A documentary co-directed by Professor of International Studies James Der Derian, David Udris ’90 and Michael Udris ’91 opens at 4:15 Saturday at Avon Cinema, with proceeds going to a fund named for a fourth collaborator, Michael Bhatia ’99, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2008. It’s the Providence premiere for Human Terrain, which takes its name from the “Human Terrain System” in which the military has employed social scientists like Bhatia.

Bhatia, a former Watson Institute fellow, was a member of an Army Human Terrain Team at the time of his death. Since then, his family donated a collection of his books to the Brown library. Of course, the Human Terrain System, and the broader role of scholars in war is not uncontroversial at Brown and elsewhere. Trailer for Human Terrain below.

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