Chris Terrill (Al. 1965-70) is to be made Honorary Doctor of Science on Friday 12 January 2018 at 10.00am at Durham Cathedral.
Dr Chris Terrill, educated at Brighton College and Durham University, is a pioneering anthropologist, adventurer, author and filmmaker. He won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for his film Ape Trade and a Royal Television Society Award for Innovation for his series Soho Stories. After 21 years at the BBC he set up his own company, Uppercut Films, in 2004 focusing on communities in conflict zones or threatened by natural hazards. These include warring factions in Afghanistan’s Helmand Valley, the victims of Islamic militants in Africa and the Sami reindeer nomads of northern Norway. He holds a joint honours degree in Anthropology and Geography from Durham University and maintains close links with the Anthropology Department.
"I am very proud to receive this honour. It reaffirms my commitment to help illuminate the human condition, especially of those who are challenged by extreme or dangerous conditions, through film and the written word."