On April 26, 2012, Professor John Brittain moderated the Doctors of the Dark Side documentary screening and discussion on UDC’s main campus. Psychology Students for Social Responsibility UDC Chapter presented in collaboration with UDC-DCSL and the UDC Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Human Development.
Doctors of the Dark Side is a film about the role of physicians and psychologists in the torturing of detainees in U.S. military prisons after 9/11. The documentary discusses the torture program through the stories of four detainees and the doctors involved in their torture.
After the documentary, Professor John Brittain moderated the panel which included Kristine A. Huskey, JD, Director of the Anti-Torture Program at Physicians for Human Rights, Stephen Xenakis, MD, a former Brigadier General for the U.S. Army, and Luisa Saffiotti, PhD, President of the Psychologists for Social Responsibility.
Approximately 75 people attended the event, over a third of which were guests to the campus and about half were students. Participants came from a wide variety of backgrounds including professionals and students in law, psychology, military, sociology, and writers.
Audience members asked several questions about the role of American culture in creating problems around the world; the negative impact of U.S. military on the people and communities where the U.S. is operating; and whether a Reconciliation and Forgiveness Commission might be possible and what it would like.