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James Graff Memorial Lecture: Rafeef Ziadah

September 2, 2016
Emmanuel College (of Victoria University in the University of Toronto)

Northrop Frye Hall – NF003 73 Queen’s Park Crescent East , Toronto, QC M5S 1K7

20 September 2016
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 7:00 PM (EDT)

Rafeef Ziadah is an acclaimed Palestinian refugee poet and human rights activist. Her poems ‘We Teach Life, Sir’ and ‘Shades of Anger’ went viral within days of their release. ‘We Teach Life, Sir’ is an impassioned attack on media misrepresentation of the Palestinian cause as well as the title of her latest album. Rafeef is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at SOAS, University of London. We are honoured and excited to hear her lecture and perform at this year’s James Graff Memorial Lecture.

Click here to see Rafeef performing:

The annual James Graff Memorial Lecture was established in beloved memory of University of Toronto philosophy professor, husband, father, and tireless peace advocate. Dr. James Graff founded NECEF (Near East Cultural and Education Foundation), Canada’s earliest Middle East peace education NGO, now amalgamated with Friends of Sabeel Canada. In October 2005, Jim was still teaching as well as actively working for peace before he died later that month.

Canadian Friends of Sabeel is a Christian ecumenical organization seeking justice and peace in the Holy Land through non-violence and education. Sabeel, or ‘the way’, is an international peace and justice movement initiated by Palestinian Christians. Learn more about us at

The lecture/performance is graciously co-sponsored by Emmanuel College, a theological college of Victoria University in the University of Toronto. Informed by its Christian heritage, relationship with both church and university, and its Canadian, urban, and pluralistic location, Emmanuel College provides an education characterized by rigorous theological inquiry, contextual analysis, commitment to justice, and inclusive  practice. Learn more about Emmanuel College at


Association of Palestinian Students
Archdiocesan Council of Toronto for Development and Peace
Action for Palestine
Beit Zatoun
Basilian Centre for Peace and Justice
Bathurst United
Canadian BDS Coalition
Canadian Boat to Gaza
Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers)
Catholics for Justice and Peace in the Holy Land (CJPHL)
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME)
Christian Peacemaker Teams
Canadian Palestinian Educational Exchange (CEPAL)
Canada Talks Israel Palestine
Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ)
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN)-Canada
Independent Jewish Voices National/Independent Jewish Voices Toronto
Faculty for Palestine
Educators for Peace and Justice
Middle Eastern Students’ Association
Regis College, U. of Toronto
Run for Palestine National
Science for Peace
Stop the Jewish National Fund-Canada
St. Michael’s Faculty of Theology
Teachers for Palestine
Toronto Student Christian Movement
Trinity St. Paul’s-Bathurst United Churches Middle Eastern Working Group (MEWG)
Women’s Boat to Gaza
Women in Solidarity with Palestine (WSP)
United Jewish People’s Order – Canada
UNJPPI Toronto
UNJPPI National
University of Toronto Refugee Alliance
Students for Justice of Palestine UOIT-DC

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