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#Docuhistory: No End in Sight


Jun 11 2020


5:00 pm - 6:45 pm


Watch Party & Twitter Conversation

No End in Sight

No End in Sight

#Docuhistory with John Worsencroft and Will Ehrenfeld

Join us Thursday, June 11, 2020, for a watch party and Twitter conversation about the award-winning documentary film, No End in Sight (2007). The first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraq's descent into guerilla war, warlord rule, criminality, and anarchy, No End in Sight is a jaw-dropping insider's tale of wholesale incompetence, recklessness, and venality. Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 and examines the manner in which the principal errors of U.S. policy largely created the insurgency and chaos that engulf Iraq today. Read More

At 5 pm EDT, we'll all stream the documentary online. While streaming, we invite you to browse and join the discussion on Twitter by searching the #docuhistory hashtag or by checking in with discussion moderators John Worsencroft (@JohnWorsencroft) and Will Ehrenfeld (@WillEhrenfeld).

The #docuhistory series aims to create an informal space where teachers, students, and historians can join together to watch a documentary and discuss teaching and learning about the film's subject matter. The series is organized by Joe Schmidt in collaboration with the Forum for Scholars and Publics.


Resource List

No End in Sight

No End in Sight (2007) | Watch on Tubi

Understanding the U.S. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

By John Worsencroft and Silke Zoller

The companion teacher's guide to an edited volume on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, written by academics to be accessible to a wide audience.

View the PDF

The Invasion of Iraq

PBS Frontline

Teacher guide developed by Simone Bloom Nathan around a two-hour documentary recounting the key strategies, battles, and turning points of the Iraq war from both sides of the battlefield.

Visit the Site

Photos: Looking Back at the War in Iraq, 15 Years After the U.S. Invaded

By Alan Taylor | The New Yorker

Fifteen years ago, the bombs started falling on Baghdad. U.S. war planners had hoped a campaign of “shock and awe” would expedite the conflict, demoralize the Iraqi forces, and speed up their surrender.

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"The Fight for Falluja" VR Experience Is Now Available

Pulitzer Center

"The Fight for Falluja," the VR film accompanying The New York Times Magazine's special issue, "Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart," is now available for viewing.

Visit the Site

Fractured Lands

Pulitzer Center

In this groundbreaking collaborative project, journalists Scott Anderson, Paolo Pellegrin, and Ben C. Solomon chronicle the unraveling of the Middle East and the global and regional consequences of these seismic historical shifts.

Read About the Project

16 Years Later, How the Press That Sold the Iraq War Got Away With It

By Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone

In an excerpt from his new book Hate Inc., Matt Taibbi looks back at how the media built new lies to cover their early ones.

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Baghdad Year Zero: Pillaging Iraq in Pursuit of a Neo-Con Utopia

By Naomi Klein | Common Dreams

It was only after I had been in Baghdad for a month that I found what I was looking for. I had traveled to Iraq a year after the war began, at the height of what should have been a construction boom, but after weeks of searching I had not seen a single piece of heavy machinery apart from tanks and humvees.

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10 Years After the Invasion: Visualizing Key Details on the War in Iraq

By Matthew Green | KQED

On March 20, 2003, U.S. forces invaded Iraq under the false pretense that its government was harboring weapons of mass destruction. Intended to be a brief mission to overthrow Saddam Hussein's regime and find the weapons, the Defense Department estimated the effort would cost about $60 billion.

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John Worsencroft

John Worsencroft is an assistant professor of history at Louisiana Tech University. He holds a BA and MA in history from the University of Utah, and he received his PhD in American history from Temple University. His book project, "A Family Affair: Military Service in the Postwar Era," is a…...

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Will Ehrenfeld

Will Ehrenfeld is a social studies teacher at Pathways in Technology Early College High School in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, a school which he helped to design and launch in 2011. In addition to teaching U.S. history, he is a chapter leader with the United Federation…...

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