October 5, 2017

Wendy Pearlman reads from her book on the Syrian Uprising
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Heritage Room, University Union
Description: Dr, Wendy Pearlman, Associate Professor of Political Science, at Northwestern University will read from her recently published book, WE CROSSED A BRIDGE AND IT TREMBLED, that has received praise from many quarters including on the cover of the *New York Times* Sunday Book Review.

Reminiscent of the work of Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich, this book is an astonishing collection of intimate wartime testimonies and poetic fragments from a cross-section of Syrians whose lives have been transformed by revolution, war, and flight.

Against the backdrop of the wave of demonstrations known as the Arab Spring, in 2011 hundreds of thousands of Syrians took to the streets demanding freedom, democracy and human rights. The government’s ferocious response, and the refusal of the demonstrators to back down, sparked a brutal civil war that over the past five years has escalated into the worst humanitarian catastrophe of our times.

Yet despite all the reporting, the video, and the wrenching photography, the stories of ordinary Syrians remain unheard, while the stories told about them have been distorted by broad brush dread and political expediency. This fierce and poignant collection changes that. Based on interviews with hundreds of displaced Syrians conducted over four years across the Middle East and Europe, WE CROSSED A BRIDGE AND IT TREMBLED is a breathtaking mosaic of first-hand testimonials from the frontlines.
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