Film Screening and Panel: The New Barbarianism

February 5, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Malkin Penthouse, L-P-9 Littauer Building
79 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Monday, February 5, 2018

Malkin Penthouse, L-P-9 Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Healthcare and humanitarian workers are increasingly in the crosshairs as hospitals and aid centers have become part of the battlefield in today’s wars. So far, there has been little to stop the profound surge of violence seen across several open-ended conflicts which has claimed thousands of lives, destroyed health systems, triggered mass displacement and state collapse, and exposed the crisis facing the norms of international humanitarian law contained in the Geneva Conventions. The New Barbarianism is a feature documentary that examines the crisis, its causes, the limited international response and possible ways forward through dozens of interviews and original footage obtained from inside Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan.

Event Specifics:
6:30 Welcome and Intro
6:35 – 7:35 Film Screening, including intro to film by co-director Justin Kenny
7:35 – 8:30 Panel and Q&A
8:30 – 9:00 Reception


Margaret Bourdeaux

  • MD Director of the Threatened Health System Project
  • Associate Physician Brigham and Women’s Division of Global Health Equity
  • Instructor Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Change

Jennifer Leaning

  • MD, SMH, Director of the Harvard Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University
  • Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health

Susannah Sirkin

  • Director for International Policy, Physicians for Human Rights
  • Senior Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
  • Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition Steering Board


J. Stephen Morrison

  • Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health Policy Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Film co-director and executive producer