Who We Are
PETER JAN HONIGSBERG
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.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CINEMATOGRAPHER
Johnny Symons is an Emmy-nominated social issue documentary filmmaker. He has directed and produced four feature films: Daddy & Papa (PBS; Sundance premiere), Beyond Conception (Discovery Channel), Ask Not (PBS) and Out Run (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 School of Cinema at San Francisco State.
Eva Moss’ 10+ years working on award-winning and Emmy-nominated social issue documentaries for public television have honed her skills as a storyteller and facilitator of action. The films she has helped produce, edit, film and distribute have been widely used as tools to raise awareness and promote change. In particular her role as an engagement coordinator has made her appreciate the power of media to be used to further specific outreach goals- be those community, political, environmental, consumer, educational, or brand- building. She searches out unique stories that make us feel connected to one another and to the important issues of our time.