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Pakistan subject of BYU David M. Kennedy Center lecture Jan. 20

Documentary film producer and director Dodge Billingsley will discuss “Pakistan: Partner or Pariah?” Wednesday, Jan. 20, at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building at Brigham Young University.

Billingsley received his bachelor’s degree in history from Columbia University. He later went on to receive his master’s degree in war studies from the Department of War Studies at King’s College in London. He began documenting wars in 1993 and founded Combat Films and Research in 1997. Billingsley has since spent much of his time filming numerous global hot spots including Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Western China and Iraq. He splits his time between producing documentaries, writing and lecturing.

He is the producer of “Beyond the Border,” which is a series of films of international scope produced for BYU’s David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies that began airing in the fall of 2004 and in the spring of 2005. In 2002, his film “House of War” won the Rory Peck award and the Royal Television Society Award for Best Feature, documenting the battle for the Qala Jangi fortress in Afghanistan.

He has produced programs for the Discovery and History Channels that explored weapons and the changing nature of warfare. A frequent contributor to various defense and security-related journals, his latest article, “Weaponizing the Story: Chechen and Russian Media Operations 1994 to the Present,” appeared in the spring issue of the “Harriman Review.”

He is a past recipient of the MacArthur Foundation’s Regional Security Travel Grant for his work in Abkhazia and has lectured on various security-related topics for the U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy and the New York Military Association.

For more information regarding the lecture, contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652.

Writer: Brandon Garrett

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