We Crossed A Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria
Speaker: Wendy Pearlman
Date: Tuesday, November 7th
Time: 6pm Reception; 6:30pm Talk
Where: Conference Hall, Main Bldg, American Islamic College
How have Syrians lived the uprising and war transforming their country? We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria tells this story exclusively through the voices of Syrians themselves. Based on interviews that the author conducted with more than 300 Syrian refugees across the Middle East and Europe since 2012, the book is a mosaic of personal reflections that together form a testament to the courage and resilience of the Syrian people.
“An essential addition to the emerging body of literary reportage from Syria in English.”
“A powerful must read book for anyone wanting to understand what’s happening in Syria and why it matters.” Chicago Review of Books
“Everyone talks about Syrians, but very few actually talk to them … We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled bucks the trend … These heart-stopping tales of torment and triumph are perfectly enchained, chronologically and thematically, to reflect the course of the crisis.”
BIO: Wendy Pearlman is the Martin and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University, where she specializes in the comparative politics of the Middle East. She is the author of three books, We Crossed A Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria (HarperCollins 2017), Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada (Nation Books, 2003), as well as dozens of essays, academic articles, or book chapters. Pearlman holds a BA from Brown University, an MA from Georgetown, and a PhD from Harvard. She speaks Arabic and has studied or conducted research in Spain, Germany, Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, and the West Bank and Gaza Strip.