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Syria stories: narratives from the front line – Author readings and book launch

March 2018 marks the seventh year of conflict in Syria. Rania Abouzeid and Dr Wendy Pearlman will speak about their new books which examine the development of the conflict and humanitarian crises that have engulfed Syria and the Middle East. Wendy and Rania are two leading experts on the region. For anyone interested in the Middle East this is a must see event!
When Mar 23, 2018
from 03:30 PM to 05:30 PM
Where Jesus College, Frankopan Hall University of Cambridge
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Rania Abouzeid and Dr Wendy Pearlman in conversation with The Rt Revd & the Rt Hon Lord Dr Rowan Williams (Master of Magdalene).

Rania will be discussing her new book: No Turning Back: Life, Loss and Hope in wartime Syria and Wendy her latest: We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices from Syria.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception and book launch/sale.

The event is held in conjunction with the Department of Sociology and the Intellectual Forum, Jesus College.

The event is free and open to all. Please register here.


Speaker Biographies

Wendy Pearlman is a professor at Northwestern University. She speaks Arabic and has spent more than twenty years studying and living in the Arab World, including Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. In addition to dozens of articles about the Middle East, she has written two acclaimed books about the Palestinian national movement. Educated at Harvard, Georgetown, and Brown, she was a Fulbright Scholar and a postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard's JFK School of Government's Belfer Center. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Rania Abouzeid has spent more than fifteen years reporting on the Middle East, and has written for The New Yorker, the Guardian and TIME Magazine among others. A formerNew America fellow, she has won several international prizes for her work including the Frontline Club Print Award, the Michael Kelly Award and George Polk Award. Rania grew up in Australia and now lives inBeirut, Lebanon.

Lord Rowan Williams




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