Free and Open to the Public!
Professor Wendy Pearlman is visiting Princeton to discuss her new book: We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria.
This talk is cosponsored by the Workshop on Arab Political Development (WAPD), the Qualitative Research Colloquium (QRC), The Democracy and Development Research Initiative and the Comparative Politics Colloquium at Princeton University.
Book Presentation: We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria
What can personal stories teach us about the conflict in Syria? Since 2012, Professor
Wendy Pearlman has carried out open-ended interviews with more than 300 displaced
Syrians across the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Her new book, We
Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria (HarperCollins, June 2017) uses
these interviews to chronicle the origins and evolution of the Syrian war solely through
the words of ordinary people who have lived it its unfolding. It explores how Syrians’
individual narratives coalesce into a collective narrative whose arc paints a portrait of
silence and intimidation under an oppressive regime before 2011, expresses the
transformative experience of participation in protest against that regime, conveys the
resilience of communities enduring unspeakable violence thereafter, and offers a window
into the challenge of becoming and being a refugee. Upon sharing selections from the
book, Pearlman will conclude with lessons about how storytelling can enrich the study of
politics, and vice versa.
Wendy Pearlman is the Martin and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Associate
Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University, where she specializes in 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 more than a
dozen academic articles or book chapters.