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J.G. Memorial Lecture

J.G. Memorial Lecture

This lecture was established in beloved memory of University of Toronto philosophy professor, husband, father, and tireless peace advocate Dr. James Graff, founder of NECEF, now Canada’s oldest Middle East peace education NGO. In October 2005, Jim was still teaching as well as actively working for peace before he died later that month.

2019 Memorial Lecture by Samah Sabawi

Samah Sabawi is an award-winning playwright, poet, political analyst and human rights advocate. She has written and produced the critically acclaimed plays Cries from the Land, Three Wishes, and Tales of a City by the Sea. She has co-authored the books: Journey to Peace in Palestine, and I Remember by Name: Poetry by Samah Sabawi which won the prestigious 2016 Palestine Book Awards.  For more information, visit this page.


Previous Lectures

  • Canadian Friends of Sabeel has been honoured to host these eminent Lecturers in Toronto:
  • 2018 Memorial Lecture by Dr Tarek Loubani – Nov 29
  • Professor Michael Lynk (2017-2018)
    (Watch the lecture on YouTube at
  • Dr. Rafeef Ziadah (2016-2017)
  • Dr. Sara Roy (2015-2016)
  • Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek (2013-2014)
  • Afif Safieh (2012-2013)
  • Dr. Marc Ellis (2011-2012)
  • Phyllis Bennis (2010-2011)
  • Professor Richard Falk (2009-2010)
  • Professor John Mearsheimer (2008-2009)
  • Dr. Mustafa Barghouti (2007-2008)

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