b.h. Yael is a Toronto based filmmaker and installation artist. She is Professor of Integrated Media at OCAD University and currently Chair of Senate.
Yael’s work has exhibited nationally and internationally and has shown in various settings, from festivals to galleries to community and activist groups, as well as various educational venues. Her work has been purchased by many universities and she is a recipient of numerous arts grants including the Chalmers Fellowship award. Her essay film Trading the Future, won the ‘Audience Award’ at the Ecofilms festival in Rhodes, Greece.
ael's films and installations have dealt with the many intersections of identity and family; it has focused on activist initiatives in Palestine/Israel, as well as apocalypse, geopolitical and environmental urgencies. Select titles include: Fresh Blood, A Consideration of Belonging; In the Middle of the Street; and Palestine Trilogy. Collaborative and collective projects include Spontaneous Combustion; the Olive Project by the Hardpressed Collective; BlahBlahBlah, Re(viewing) Quebec; and the Approximations series with Johanna Householder. Yael has also programmed arts lectures and media screenings, and occasionally she writes.
Yael premieres her most recent project, Lessons for Polygamists, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, at the Images festival in April 2017. No Lies, a one minute short and silent version won the “Most Original Film by a Local Female Director” award at the 2016 Toronto Urban Film Festival.
CV (selected entries)
MA, University of Toronto, OISE, Curriculum/Cultural Studies, 1997
AOCA, Ontario College of Art, Photo/Electric Arts/New Media, 1987
BEd., Teaching Certification, Ontario Teacher Education College, 1979
BA, York University, English, 1978
arts/films awards and grants (2000 – present)
2013 Media Arts Production Assistance, Canada Council for the Art
2009 Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant
2009 Toronto Arts Council, Grants to Media Artists
2009 Ecofilms, Rodos International Films & Visual Arts Festival, Greece
Awarded ‘Audience Award’
2008 Rivers Edge International Film Festival, Paducah, Kentucky
Awarded ‘Best Humanitarian Observation’: Media that Matters
2006 Chalmers Art Fellowship, Ontario Arts Council, Research & Creation
2006 Travel Grant, Canada Council
2006 Ontario Arts Council, Media Artists: Mid-Career and Established, Production Completion
2005 Ontario Arts Council: Exhibition Assistance to Artists, WARC,
2004 Near East Culture and Education Foundation, Production
2004 Ontario Limited O/A Famous Magazine. Production
2003Film and Video Grant, Ontario Arts Council, Production
2001Artist Grants, Toronto Arts Council, Production
2000Millennium Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Production
2013 Byrdcliffe Artist Colony, Woodstock NY, 6 week residency
TRADING THE FUTURE, 2008
2009 University of Winnipeg
2009 McMaster University Library
2009 Brandon University
2009 University of Winnipeg
2008 Oberlin College Library, Ohio
2008 York University, curator: Kathryn Elder
2008 University of Toronto, Robarts Library
PALESTINE TRILOGY, 2006
2011 National Council on Canada Arab Relations, Vancouver
2007 University of Ottawa, Library Network
2007 Brandon University, Manitoba
2006 King’s University College
2006 University of Ottawa
2006 University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
2006 Observatori de Video No Identificat, (OVNI), The Observatory Archives, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Spain
2006 Robarts Library, University of Toronto
2006 Ryerson University, Toronto
2006 University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
APPROXIMATIONS (1-3), 2003
2006 Observatori de Video No Identificat, (OVNI), The Observatory Archives, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Spain
2004 McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
2004 York Universities Libraries, Toronto, Canada
2004 Ontario College of Art & Design
2002 V.W. Bladen Library, University of Toronto, at Scarborough, Ontario
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET, 2002
2005 University of Toronto, Robarts Library, Toronto
blahblahblah: Re(viewing) Quebec
2006 Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C.
2006 Queen’s University, Kingston, Ont.
2004 McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont.
2003 Queen’s University, Kingston, Ont.
2002 York University, North York, Ont.
2002 Ontario College of Art & Design
2002 University of New Brunswick, N.B.
2001 OPIRG, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ont.
FRESH BLOOD, A CONSIDERATION OF BELONGING, 1996
2010 McGill University Library – Acquisition Dept:
2009 Brandon University
2009 University of Winnipeg
2007 University of Ottawa, Library Network
2007 Concordia University
2006 Simon Fraser University
2006 OISE, University of Toronto
2003 University of British Columbia
2003 Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, B.C.
2002 The Rainbow Centre, University of Connecticut, Mass.
2002 McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
2002 St. John’s University
2001 Trinity College
2001 University of Victoria, B.C.
2001 Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, N.Y.
2000 University of Toronto, Ont.
1999 University of Montreal, Que.
1999 Northern Arizona University, Ariz.
1999 New York University, N.Y.
1999 Denver Public Library, Col.
1999 Temple Israel, Boston, Mass.
1998 San Francisco State University, Calif.
1998 University of Southern California, Irvine, Calif.
1997 St Mary’s College, Calgary, Alta.
1997 OISE, University of Toronto, Ont.
1997 Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ont.
MY MOTHER IS A DANGEROUS WOMAN, 1987
1990 Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ont.
1989 Trinity Square Video Tape Collection, Toronto, Ont.
2005 DEIR YASSIN REMEMBERED: Deir Yassin Remembered, Dan McGowan
2002 TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA: Inside Out Film & Video Festival, Pam Mathar
selected curated exhibitions/programs
Approximations, Parts 1 - 3, Johanna Householder & b.h. Yael, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto: September 11 – October 10, 2009
North American Premiere, Closing Night Gala, Images Festival, Toronto. Programmers: Pablo O’Campo, Leslie Peters(Trading the Future) April 13, 2008.
World Premiere, Mumbai International Film Festival, India. Programmer: V. Packirisamy (Trading the Future) Feb 7, 2008.
Verbatim, Johanna Householder & b.h. Yael, Fleishman Gallery, Toronto, Curator: Rochelle Holt (Approximations & Verbatim), Nov. 23 – Dec. 2, 2007.
curated and juried group exhibitions: International
No Place – Queer Geographies on Screen, Norway, Curator: Anthea Black, 2014
Spirit Enlightened, Culture Unplugged Festival 2011; Programmer: Priyanka Shah On line festival: http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/5997/Trading-the-Future
Palestine Film Festival, Bloor Cinema, Oct. 8, 2010. Programmer, Dania Majid. (Premiere: Ken, Tov, Beseder)
Middle Eastern Shorts, 2010 New Orleans Middle East Film Festival, Dec. 2, 2010Programmer: Rene Broussard (Ken, Tov, Beseder)
Toronto Urban Film Festival, Toronto Transit Commission, Network of 270 Onestop platform screens, Sept 10 – 19, 2010; Director, Sharon Switzer (Seldom)
New Orleans Middle East Film Festival, Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center, November 17, 2009; Programmer: Rene Broussard(Palestine Trilogy)
SunChild 2nd International Environmental Festival. Yerevan, South Caucasus, Armenia, October 25 to 29, 2009; Programmer: Ruben Khachatryan (Trading the Future)
Ecofilms, Rodos International Films & Visual Arts Festival, Greece, June 2009; Programmer: Lucia Rikaki(Trading the Future)
City of Women, International Festival of Contemporary Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Programmers: Dunja Kukovec & Koen Van Daele. Screening: October 15, 2008
Conflict Zone Art Asylum,Tacheles, Berlin, Curator: Michael Ronen, (Palestine Trilogy), March 2, 2008
Mumbai International Film Festival, India. Programmer: V. Packirisamy (Deir Yassin Remembered) Feb. 4, 2008
Jacksonville Film Festival, Florida: Shorts of Epic Proportions 2, May 19, 2008 (Even in the Desert)
Les Rencontres Madrid, Encontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, France, May 1-5, 2007 (Approximations)
"America", The National Centre for Contemporary Art Moscow, Russia, curated by Jillian McDonald, Feb 20, 2007, (Approximations)
Festival Internacional de VideoArte de Valencia, Sala Josep Renau, Facultad de Bellas Artes de Valencia, Spain and Pace Digital Gallery, New York, curated by Jillian McDonald, October 2006.
Broadcast: Public Access TV in Hawaii, Olelo, Channel 54, Oahu, (Deir Yassin Remembered) Oct. 31st, Nov. 7th, Nov. 28th, Dec. 5th, 2006.
Toronto International Arab Film Festival, John Spotton Cinema, NFB, curated by Vicky Moufawad-Paul, Dec. 2006 (Deir Yassin Remembered)
Observatori de Video No Identificat, (OVNI) Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Spain: programmed by Toni Serra & Joan Leandre(Deir Yassin Remembered) June 2006
Achtung Baby, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary; Casa Tranzit Haz, Cluj-Napoca, Romania; 13 kubikov tranzit ateliery, Bratislava, Slovakia; curated by Nina Czegledy, (The Mission) June 2006
Vikalp: Films for Freedom, Mumbai, India: curated by Anand Patwardhan, May 2006 (Deir Yassin Remembered)
Art + Activism, YYZ Artists Outlet, Toronto: curated by Kym Preusse, (Palestine Trilogy), January 2006
the fear series, video installation: Contained Mobility, Harbourfront York Quay Gallery, Images Festival of Independent Film and Video; curated by Scott Berry & Jeremy Rigsby, March 2005
Toronto International Arab Film Festival, John Spotton Cinema, NFB, 2005 (pacts)
Video Art Plastique, Métamorphose 2, Centre d’art Contemporain Basse-Normandie, France. (The Mission) curated by Lisa Steele and Kim Tomszak, Catalogue, 2003.
Images Festival of Independent Film and Video, Toronto, April 2003 (In the Middle of the Street)
Images Festival of Independent Film and Video, Toronto, April 2002 (December 31, 2000)
Mirror, Mirror: video work from the U.S. and Canada,” 291 Gallery, London, U.K., curated by Monica Bagioli. 2002.
Piece Process, ARC Art Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Ill. : curated by Granite Amit, 2002(In the Middle of the Street)
Potshots: Recent Performance Installation and Video Art, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL., curated by Louise McKissick, 2001. (December 31,2000)
Images Festival of Independent Film and Video, International Program Two, Toronto, ON, curated by Chris Gehman, April, 2001. (The Mission)
curated and juried group exhibitions national
Accented Video & the Autobiographical; Atomic Centre, Winnipeg, April 5, 2012. Programmers: Aisha Jamal and Sarah Shamash(Ken, Tov, Beseder)
No Place: Queer Geographies on Screen, McIntosh Gallery, London, ON, April 2, 2012. Touring program; Curator: Anthea Black (Ken, Tov, Beseder)
Fierce: Women’s Hot-Blooded Film/Video, Curator: Janice Hladki
- The Robert McLauglin Gallery, Oshawa. July 2 – August 25, 2011
- McMaster Museum of Art, McMaster University, Hamilton: January 28 - March 27, 2010
Lies that Tell the truth: The Centre for Art Tapes and the Khyber Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Halifax. Curators: Suzanne Caines and Claire Hodge, July 15-August 14, 2011 (December 31, 2000, with Johanna Householder)
IMAA Conference: On Common Ground, Kelowna , B.C. Alternator Gallery for Contemporary Art , (a hot sandfilled wind), 2008
Paul Wong Presents: Split Decisions: a programme of video curated from the Vtape distribution collection, Vtape, Toronto, ON, Nov. 26, 2005 – Jan. 13, 2006.
Brisk Collages & Bricolges: Artistic audits & creative revisions of mainstream media in recent Canadian shorts, Mount Saint Vincent Art Gallery, Halifax: curated by Gerta Johanna Cammaer, July 2005. [Catalog published by MSVU.]
Image & Nation Film Festival, Montreal, curated by Nasrin Himada, 2005 (Triskaidekaphobia)
Herland Feminist Film & Video Festival, Calgary, Alberta, 2004 (Triskaidekaphobia)
Better Worlds: Activist and Utopian Projects by Artists, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University: curated by Jan Allen & Laura U. Marks, (of)fences (catalog published by Art Books Canada & AEAC), 2002
Artists Against the Occupation, Forest City Gallery, London, Ont.: curated by Jamelie Hassan, (In the Middle of the Street) 2002
curated and juried group exhibitions provincial
Memory & Memorialization, Remembering the Nakba, Beit Zeitoun, Toronto, May 13, 2010; Programmers: Ayeda Ayed & Robert Massoud; Moderator: John Greyson(Deir Yassin Remembered) Bay Street Film Festival, Thunder Bay, Ontario- Sept 2008(Even in the Desert)
A Very Personal Look: Toronto Video Art from the 70s to the Present, Art Gallery of York University: curated by Shay Gibson, 2005
Hollywood Remake: a selection of videos by Laura Parnes and Johanna Householder & b.h. Yael, Curatorial Incubator Round II, Vtape Video, Toronto, ON, curated by Claire Eckert. Jan. 18 to March 25, 2005. [Catalog published by Vtape]
Dig/Dug, Koffler Art Gallery, Toronto, curator: Vid Inglevic, video installation, May 2003 (offering)
New Works Show, Pleasure Dome, Latvian House, Toronto, ON. curated by: Sulie Saragosa, Sylvie Wisniewski & Katie Varney, Feb. 2003. (December 31,2000)
Photophobia, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, August, 2003. (December 31, 2000)
South of 60, South of 60 Arts Centre, Barry’s Bay, Ontario; curator: Pat Jeffries, (The Lonely Lesbian) 2003
The Lady Show, Vtape Video, Toronto, ON, curated by Alissa Firth-Eaglund and Zöe Stonyk, (The Mission), June 2002.
Power to the People, Contemporary Art Forum, Kitchener, ON. curated by Daniel Cockburn, (December 31, 2000 & (of)fences), September 2002.
Out of Control in Media City, Available Light Collective, Ottawa, curator: Jeremy Rigsby, (The Mission), 200
2016 (upcoming) “Devora Neumark: Challenging Home and Presence,” More Caught in Act, Ed’s Johanna Householder & Tanya Mars.
2014 “Dear John,” Walrus Magazine, March 2014
2012 Nahla Abdo: “Women In Israel: Race, Gender and Citizenship, review: Herizons Magazine, Summer 2012, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p43
2011 Cheryl l’Hirondelle, Joseph Naytowhow, b.h Yael. “Land Project: A Conversation between Canada and Israel/Palestine”, Cultivating Canada, Reconciliation through the Lens of Cultural Diversity. Ed’s Ashok Mathur, Jonathan Dewar, Mike DeGagné. Aboriginal Healing Foundation Research Series, AHF, Ottawa,
2009 More Than Just Free Speech, Fuse magazine, Vol. 32, No.4, Sept 2009
2002 Nowhere Near the End, or, Notes towards Trading the Future, Fuse Magazine, Vol 25, Number 4, November 2002
Co-programmer, Art Creates Change, lecture series OCAD University (2009 –present)
Programmer, The Camera Am I, Fabulous Fringe Film Festival, Durham, ON, 2006
Co-Curator, The Olive Project, Two minutes for Peace and Justice, Programming and Web launch, Hard Pressed Curatorial collective, at Tranz < - >Tech International Video Art Biennial, Toronto, 2003
Programmer, Hand on the Pulse, Joyce Warshow, OCAD, co-sponsored with Inside/Out Festival, Sexual Diversity (U. of T.), Lesbian & Gay Archives, Innis College, U. of T., 2002
exhibition catalogue essays
Pressed: When Words Were Earth, installation by Andrew Johnson, A Space Gallery publication, Feb. 2005
Picture the Performer, review of Caught in the Act, Sketch magazine, OCAD publication, Spring 2005
Unbound Geographies/Fused Histories, A Space/Central St Martins, Toronto, 1999
reviews of (Yael) work/exhibitions
Crane, Connie. Longing for belonging: the artistry of B.H. Yael. Herizons Magazine, September 22, 2011 (FALL 2011/ VOLUME 25 NO. 2)
Springgay, Stephanie. (2008). Corporeal pedagogy and contemporary video art. Art Education, 61 (2), 18-24.
Witnesses to History, New Works by b.h. Yael and Richard Fung, Dot Tuer, Sketch magazine, OCAD publication, Spring 2006
Palestine Trilogy, Kevin Temple, Globe and Mail, January 6, 2006. Yael’s potent Palestine Trilogy, Fran Schechter, Now Magazine, January 5, 2006
Imperfect Homecomings, Marilyn Burgess, Topia, Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, No.2, Spring 1998
Kos International Health Film Festival Ippokratis, Greece: International Feature Film Jury, 2009
Ontario Association of Art Galleries Jury: Book Design, Gallery Publications, Web Site Design, Ontario’s Public Gallery Publications; September 2008 ; Demetra Christakos,
Seriously, Time to Stop; A Campaign to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons: Two Minutes to Move Forward Video Contest; May 2009; Anna Jaikaran and Martha Goodings, 2009
Imaginative Media Arts Festival, Experimental Film and Video: Gisele Gordon; 2007
academic activities/presentations (selected)
2016 (upcoming) At the intersections of autobiography and politics, Art and Resistance Conference, Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Bethlehem, May 12 -16 Rehab Nazzal
2016 (upcoming) Pegasus Conference ( Peace, Global Health and Sustainability) Sheraton Toronto Airport and Conference Centre, Toronto, May 15, 2016: Trading the Future. Dr Petra Hroch
2015 Feminist Art Conference. Division of Labour – Gendered Tasks and Expectations; OCAD University, Panel Moderator. Sept 27, 2015, Division of Labour – Gendered Tasks and Expectations, March 8, 2014, organized by Ilene Sova
2014 Symposium on Arab Canadian Studies (ACANS), Artist Talk, York University, Founders College. March 5th - 6th 2014 , co-organized byWalid El Khachab and Ratiba Hadj-Moussa
2014 External Academic Review of Faculty, School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor
2013 Screening and Artist Talk: Trading the Future, NSCAD University, Bell Auditorium, January 14. Dr Max Haven, Halifax
2012 Guest Filmmaker: Arab Canadian Filmmakers Seminar; University of Ottawa,
2011 Women in Israel: Race, Gender and Citizenship, Dr. Nahla Abdo, Beit Zatoun. Reviewers: Professor Himani Bannerji, Professor Amir Hassanpour, Lilian Abou-Tabickh
2010 Apres Vous: Ethics, Pedagogy, Memory and Justice, Roundtable: Art and Pedagogy, OISE/University of Toronto, Nov. 12 – 14. Chair: Kim Simon, Gallery TPW
2010 University of Toronto, Hart House. Dr, Shahrzad Mojab; Dissent: The Politics and Poetics of Women’s Resistance, Women and Gender Studies Institute, May 11-12; Chair: Dr. Dina Georgis
2010 York University, Social & Political Thought. Gabriel Levine; Strategies of Critique. XXIV: The Future (tbd); Graduate Students Conference, (Trading the Future)April 9
2010 Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Professors Isabelle Kim & Lance McCready; Approaches to Urban Education (CTL1799Y), March 8 panel
2010 McMaster University, Museum Panel, Fierce: Women’s Hot-Blooded Film/Video. Curator: Janice Hladki, Jan. 29
2009 Master Class, Brandon University, Manitoba. Dr. Di Brandt, Canada Research Chair, Literature & Creative Writing; Feb. 13
2009 University of Toronto, New College. Dr. Dina Georgis; Violent Contradictions & Feminist Responses, The War on Gaza, A Symposium: Screening, April 2: Deir Yassin Remembered; Panel, April 3: “Reflections on Violent Contradictions”
2008 Conscience, Culture, Politics, Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York, March 27 & 28, Dr. Lee Quinby
2007 External Academic Review of Faculty, Communications Studies, University of Windsor
2007 Society of Biblical Literature & American Academy of Religion conference in San Diego. November 17 – 20. Panel Chair: Dr. Janet Ross, McMaster University. Respondents: Tina Pippin, Agnes Scott College; Lee Quinby, CUNY
2007 Global Tensions, Global Possibilities, McMaster University, Hamilton, Sept. 21-13: Emily Lukaweski
2007 Journal Review: Intercultural Education, Volume 18 No. 4 November 2007: "Shaking Up" Vision: Video as a Site of Personal and Pedagogical Intervention in Mona Hatoum's Measures of Distance, Contested Imaginaries: Reading Muslim Women and Muslim Women Reading Back: Transnational Feminist Reading Practices, Pedagogy, and Ethical Concerns
2007 University of Toronto, Koffler Centre. Transnationalism, Activism, Art conference, Dr. Rinaldo Wolcott. Resisting Borders: Canadian Video Artists Approaches to Identity and Trans-local Cultural Exchanges. Panel Chair: Dot Tuer
2007 McMaster University, Dr. Diane Enns, Department of Philosophy, Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition
2006University of Western Ontario, Dept. of Film Studies, Dr. Christopher Gittens
2006University of Ottawa, Department of Science, Cinema Politica, Dr. Denis Rancourt
2003 Transnational Improvisations: Performing Hybridity, University of British Columbia, Conference Organizer: Dr. Sneja Gunew, Oct.
2001 Paper, Retextualizing Gender, Media Technology and Gender conference, Panel Chair: Dr. Lee Quinby, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, Oct.
2001 Lecture, Fisher Center, "2001 Space Odyssey: Gender Journeys and Gendered Spaces", Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY, Dr. Betty Bayer
artist talks and screenings
York University, Faculty of Fine Art, Toronto. Professor Jon Baturin; Critical Issues: Gender, Sexuality, Ethnicity (FA/VISA 3001X), Feb. 24, 2010& Oct 1, 2014
York University, Stong College, Toronto. Dr. Dalia Kandiyoti; Global Jewish Literature and Culture: April 29, 2009
Brandon University, Manitoba. Dr. Di Brandt, Canada Research Chair, Literature & Creative Writing; Screening, Feb. 11 & Feb. 12, 2009
University of Winnipeg. Dr. Marvis Reimer, Canada Research Chair in the Culture of Childhood; Screening, Feb. 10, 2009
McMaster University, Film and Theatre Dept, Dr. Janis Hladky, 2007
Brunswick Theatre, Toronto. Programmer: Robert Allison, Nov. 25, 2007 (Palestine Trilogy)
Artists Against War, Christie Pitts, July 2007, (a hot sandfilled wind)
Point of View, Nat Taylor Cinema, York University. programmed by Siamak Haseli, 2005
Artist talk: Great Hall, Student Life Centre, University of Waterloo, 2004
“Routes and Roots of Feminist Cultural Production”, Resources for Feminist Research, Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, OISE, University of Toronto, William Doo Auditorium, November 8, 2012
Moderator: Prefix Urban Field Speakers Series: Uriel Orlow: April 24, 2012, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art; Curator: Scott McLeod
National Film Board panel, Flipping Out, dir. Yoav Shamir; David Schatzky, moderator. Jan. 29, 2009
Sweet Mud, Rendez vous with Madness Film Festival, November 12, 2007. Kate Lushington, curator
Responses to work by Yael Bartana, The Power Plant, Helena Reckitt, curator; Panel Chair Lisa Steele, March 21, 2007
Downloading Video: Video Art and Digital Culture; Video Art in Canada website launch, Moderator: Lisa Steele: Canadian Art film series, Al Green Theatre, Toronto, 2006
Artists Against War, Metro Hall, Toronto, 2006
Sky Dragon Community, Development Co-operative Inc., programmer: Kevin MacKay, Hamilton, 2006
Crossing Divides: Dialogue and Action for Justice, Emmanuel College, U. of T., Dr. James Graff, 2004
Talk Cinema, Toronto International Film Group, Grande Cinema, Toronto, 2004. Women’s Voices from the Middle East, Symposium panel, Diaspora, Islam & Gender -MCRI Project, The Centre for Feminist Research, York University: moderator: Dr. Haideh Moghissi, March 2003
Artist panel: Dig/Dug, Koffler Art Gallery, Toronto, curator: Vid Inglevic, May 2003
Panel moderator: Here and There: Translating Conflict, Chile Exchange, Art Making as Departure and Arrival, Ontario College of Art and Design, organizer: Prof. Diane Pugen, 2003
Panel moderator: The Middle East and War on Iraq, Symposium (moderator), Victoria College, University of Toronto, 2003
Artist talk: Report Back: All Done, Go Home, Medical Sciences Building, Science for Peace, University of Toronto, Dr. James Graff, 2003
Artist Talk, Report Back: In the Middle of the Street, Northrop Frye Hall, University of Toronto, 2002
Panel organizer/moderator, Active/ReActive, Planet In Focus, Toronto International Environmental Film & Video Festival2002
Artist Panel, Bent on Change, U.of T., Ryerson & York University, Prof. Lisa Steele, 2002
Media Panel: Media and Democracy Panel, Ryerson University, Oct. 2002
Artist Talk, McMaster University, Film and Theatre Dept, Dr. Janis Hladky, 2002
Panel Chair: Signs of Hope in the Middle East, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Near East Culture & Education Foundation & Science for Peace, Noam Chomsky event, Nov. 2002
Artist Panel, Trembling before G-d, Cineplex, Toronto, 2002
Hamilton Public Library, Jackson Square, Hamilton, (In the Middle of the Street), 2002
External Academic Promotion Review of Faculty, School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor, 2014
External Academic Research Award Review, School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor, 2013
External Academic Promotion Review of Faculty, Department of Visual Arts, University of Victoria, 2009
Answer the Call, August 16 Collective. Gladstone premier, John & Tarek’s Jail Break Cabaret, Nov. 9, 2013
Partitions, Migrations and Exiles: Reflections on the Question of Jewish Refugees from Arab Lands, International Diaspora Film Festival, Innis College, UofT, Nov. 3, 2013
McMaster University, Hamilton, Screening, March 12, 2013
Dalhousie University, King’s College, Halifax, Screening, January 15, 2013 (Ken, Tov, Beseder and Deir Yassin Remembered)
Opening remarks: Lines of Resistance, Prison Art from the Middle East. Beit Zeitoun, April 9, 2011; Organized by Dr. Shahrzad Mojab, Professor, Department of Adult Education, OISE/University of Toronto
Presentation: Masjid Mosque, Mississauga, ON, Nov. 5, 2010 Organized by Saadia Khan; Co-presenation with Khaled Loutfi Mouammar, Canadian Arab Federation
Panel participant: Speaking Out: Jewish Artists Uncensored, Winchevsky Centre, Nov. 24, 2009; Moderator: Susan Cole
Moderator: panel, Israel/Canada: Military and Political Connections: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), May 15, 2009; Organized by Not In Our Name
CBC Radio: Q interview - Host, Jian Ghomeshi, May 13, 2009.
Panel discussion & screening: TAROQ Islamic Center and The Muslim Unity Group, May 9, 2009; Mohammed Shokr, organizer (Deir Yassin Remembered)
Moderator: panel, Gaza, the Narrative Gap: Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), Mar 3, 2009; Organized by OCAD Student Union
Moderator: panel, Is There a Connection? Zionism and Islamaphobia: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Nov. 28, 2008; Organized by Not in Our Name
QUIT: Quaker Initiative to end Torture, Canadian Conference, St. Paul University, Ottawa, organized by Anne-Marie Zilliacus, April |27–28, 2007
McGill Faculty of Law, New Chancelor Day Hall, RadLaw , organized by Lissa Frances, March 5, 2007
Adult Education, Temple Israel Synagogue, Ottawa, organized by Diana Ralph, January 28, 2007
Masjid Al-Noor Mosque, St Catherines, sponsored by Cordoba Foundation organized by Murtaza Najmudin, chaplain Brock University, 2006
3D: Diversity,Democracy and Dissent in the Jewish Community, Metro Hall, 2005
A Call for Morally Responsible Investment: A Nonviolent Response to the Israeli Occupation, Steelworkers Hall, Toronto, 2005