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Judson Memorial Church  – NYC - (212) 477-0351

Friday, February 23 – 7 – 9 pm

From wrenching loss to staggering resilience, the experiences of Syrians
enduring war and displacement seem to defy expression. How can one put it
in writing? Using different sources and methods, Alia Malek and Wendy
Pearlman have produced acclaimed books on Syria that place Syrian voices
and agency front and center.

Please join us for this intimate conversation between the two authors,
moderated by Rawya Rageh of Amnesty International, about the human
dimensions of the Syrian conflict and how different forms of reportage and
storytelling – from memoir to oral history to human rights investigations –
can generate empathy and understanding in a time when both are under threat.

Alia Malek is a journalist former civil rights lawyer. She is the author of
The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria (2017), A Country Called
Amreeka: US History Re-Told Through Arab American Lives (2009) and editor
of Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post 9/11 Injustices (2011) and EUROPA - An
Illustrated Introduction to Europe for Migrants and Refugees (2016). She
was awarded the 12th annual Hiett Prize in the Humanities and is a fellow
in Nonfiction Literature of the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Wendy Pearlman is the Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Associate Professor of
Political Science and Middle East and North African Studies​ ​at
Northwestern University​. She is the author of We Crossed a Bridge and it
Trembled: Voices from Syria (2017), which was longlisted for the American
Library Association’s Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, Violence,
Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement (2011), and Occupied
Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada (2003).

Rawya Rageh is a Senior Crisis Advisor for Amnesty International tasked
with investigating war crimes and human rights abuses. She has documented
violations in Syria and the Philippines, and the impact of President
Trump's immigration executive order. Her most recent report on Syria
detailed the forced displacement of thousands of civilians and other
horrors associated with the Syrian government's "surrender or starve" siege
and bombardment strategy. She was a journalist for 15 years, covering the
Middle East and Africa for the Associated Press and Al Jazeera English.

Reviews of Alia Malek's The Home That Was Our Country:

“A brilliant combination of geopolitics and family history... eloquently
exploring grief, resilience, and loss. [Malek] is a deft reporter and
storyteller.” —Publisher's Weekly

“A necessary, conscious corrective... [It does] what hasn't been done often
enough thus far — wrest back the story of Syria for ordinary Syrians,
showing us a place that has been lost and that most of the world never
knew. [A] remarkable book.” —Bookforum

Reviews of Wendy Pearlman's We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled:

"Equal parts heroic epic and tragedy, [Pearlman's] book covers the events
leading up to and following the Syrian uprising, stitching together the
collective journey of Syrians... The result is a people’s history of
activists, mothers, doctors, students, actors, fighters, and therapists who
describe life and loss during this tumultuous period." —Chicago Magazine

“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

Both books will be available for sale at the event and both authors will
sign copies.

Judson Memorial Church is located right on Washington Square, at 239
Thompson St. The event will take place in Assembly Hall.

For detailed subway directions and parking information:

This event is free of charge and open to the public.


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