Lecture by Dr. Wendy Pearlman
In 2011, against the backdrop of the wave of demonstrations known as the Arab Spring, millions of Syrians took to the streets demanding freedom and dignity. The government's ferocious response, and the refusal of the demonstrators to back down, sparked a brutal war that escalated into the worst humanitarian catastrophe of our times, including the deaths of hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children, incalculable destruction, and the flight of millions of Syrians from their homeland.
Based on interviews with hundreds of Syrians conducted over four years across the Middle East, Europe, and the United States, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled chronicles the war from its origins to its present horror, solely through the words of ordinary people transformed by its unfolding. Together, they form a testament not only to the power of storytelling but also to the resilience of those who face darkness with hope, courage, and moral conviction.