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MENA Monday: Toward an Oral History of the Syrian Uprising; Wendy Pearlman Discusses her New Book

When: Monday, October 2, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CT

Where: Kresge Hall, The Forum (Kresge 1-515), 1880 Campus Drive , Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: free

Contact: Danny Postel  

Group: Middle East and North African Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings


How have Syrians lived the uprising and war transforming their country? What can their personal stories teach us about both tragedy and resilience?

Wendy Pearlman, the Martin and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern and a core faculty member of the MENA Program, will explore these questions in this presentation of her acclaimed new book, We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices from Syria.

Based on interviews that Pearlman conducted with more than 300 Syrian refugees across the Middle East and Europe since 2012, the book is a mosaic of first-hand stories and reflections that chronicle the Syrian conflict exclusively through the words of people who have lived it.

Critical praise for We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled:

“Pearlman, an accomplished political scientist, has chosen to let her Syrian interlocutors speak for themselves. What emerges is a complex, engaging and difficult oral history, which deserves a wide readership.” —Marc Lynch, Director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, George Washington University

“This book is something of a treasure trove, bustling with insight. In addition to giving Syrians a voice, it should be a companion to anything watched or read on Syria. It puts the very real, humanising voices of Syrians back into the spotlight, which is precisely where they belong.” —The New Arab

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