'Human Terrain' creator presents documentary Feb. 5

A screening and discussion on the documentary "Human Terrain" is 6 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Nebraska Union Auditorium. Michael Urdis, writer, director and producer of the documentary, will lead the discussion.

The event, organized by the Great Plains National Security Education Consortium and the AnthroGroup, is free and open to the public.

"Human Terrain" is about a U.S. military program (of the same name) designed to make cultural awareness a centerpiece of a new counterinsurgency strategy.

The documentary examines the United States' effort to enlist the "best and brightest" of American universities to help with a mission to win the hearts and minds of its enemies. It also follows a young scholar who leaves the university to join a Human Terrain team.

The Human Terrain program was designed to embed social scientists with combat troops. However, it swiftly came under attack as a misguided and unethical effort to gather intelligence and target enemies of the United States.

For more information, contact Lindsay Priefert at lpriefert2@unl.edu.