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USD International Studies Hosts Documentary on Syria and Rise of ISIS

VERMILLION, S.D. –  The University of South Dakota Department of International Studies will host a screening of “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS,” a National Geographic documentary by filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested at the Coyote Twin Theater on Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m.

The documentary chronicles the rise of the Islamic State as a result of the chaos brought on by the Syrian civil war.

The documentary will be followed by a question and discussion time with Tim Schorn, Ph.D., an associate professor of political science, and a frequent contributor to area media on the Middle East. The event is free and open to the public.


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Hanna DeLange
USD News