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A law professor at the University of San Francisco (“USF”), Peter Jan Honigsberg is well-positioned to lead the project. Peter Jan Honigsberg began his career as a civil rights worker in the South during the 1960s, fighting for racial equality. Soon after graduating from New York University School of Law, he joined the National Housing Law Project in Berkeley as an attorney. In 1983, he was hired as director of the legal research and writing program at Golden Gate University School of Law. In 1986, he joined the faculty at the University of San Francisco School of Law (USF), where he currently holds a full-time faculty position. His classes include Terrorism Post 9/11; Administrative Law; International Criminal Law; and Legal Drafting. In January 2002, he became one of the first law professors in the country to teach a course on the War on Terror, a course he has taught every year since. He visited Guantanamo in 2007 and has written extensively on post 9/11 issues, including a highly-acclaimed book, several law review articles and a number of pieces for the Huffington Post.

Honigsberg’s most recent book, Our Nation Unhinged: The Human Consequences of the War on Terror, earned several honors. On May 28, 2009, the London Times Higher Education selected the book as their “Book of the Week.” On June 15, Publisher’s Weekly reviewed the book as one of the “Best Books of 2009.” In 2009, Our Nation Unhinged was one of only three manuscripts that the University of California Press nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. The University of California Press also nominated Our Nation Unhinged for other prestigious prizes and awards.

Crossing Border Street, Honigsberg’s memoir about serving as a civil rights activist in Louisiana in the 1960s, has received several editorial accolades. He has also been the fortunate recipient of numerous research grants in support of his articles, which include “Chasing ‘Enemy Combatants’ and Circumventing International Law: A License for Sanctioned Abuse” (2007) and “Inside Guantanamo” (2009).

To view Peter Honigsberg’s other publications, see the Publications page.



Johnny Symons is an Emmy-nominated social issue documentary filmmaker. He directed and produced Daddy & Papa (PBS; Sundance premiere), Beyond Conception (Discovery Channel), and Ask Not (PBS). He co-produced the Academy Award-nominated Long Night’s Journey Into Day (HBO; Sundance Grand Jury Prize). Symons has a master’s in documentary production from Stanford and is an Assistant Professor in the Cinema Department at San Francisco State.



Eva Moss is a freelance producer, cameraperson, editor and audience engagement coordinator for web-mercials, short promotional videos and social issue documentaries for public television. She is currently co-producing two feature documentaries, and directing, shooting and editing micro-docs for small businesses and non-profits. Past projects include Emmy® Nominated A Village Called Versailles (Associate Producer), Ask Not (Associate Producer), and Mr. Cao Goes to Washington (Associate Producer). She graduated from Smith College with a degree and a half in Film and Theater Studies.

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