RSVP to Roots Non-Violence Presentation at BMCC / CUNY on May 16th, 2018


RSVP to Roots Non-Violence Presentation at BMCC / CUNY on May 16th, 2018


It is with great pleasure that I invite you to attend a presentation I will give on May 16th at BMCC (Borough of Manhattan Community College), CUNY, at 6:30pm. 

199 Chambers Street (between Greenwich Street and West Street)
Lecture Hall N451
Please bring valid ID for entry into the building.

This evening presentation will be about my partnership with Roots, a peace initiative led by a Palestinian and Israeli joint committee, and the photo workshops I conducted for Israeli settler and Palestinian women during the past two summers.

The objective was to promote dialogue and understanding between women who would otherwise have no interaction. Those sessions took place at the heart of the conflict in the West Bank.  I will speak about the uplifting and inspiring stories illustrated by beautiful visual and powerful images.

The $20 charge for this event will go to fund additional photo equipment for the third round of photo workshops that I will conduct this coming June in the West Bank.  More cameras are needed as well as a printer so that images can be readily developed.  Any support to benefit this transformational project will be very gratefully received.

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If you cannot attend but still want to help, you can donate below! Every bit counts!

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You may also be interested in purchasing my eBook, Through the Lens of Humanity, as it captures the wonderful stories of the women I connected with during my non-violence workshops in the West Bank.

Through the Lens of Humanity by Saskia Keeley

In workshops with Palestinian women and Israeli settlers, Saskia Keeley unpacks decades of fear and bias through the simple acts of looking and listening. In Through The Lens of Humanity, we see what Saskia witnesses through her camera lens and in her workshops. We discover how these women use the lens to give us insight into their own world, their home, their family. We also see the humanity in the portrayal of their perceived enemy and witness the intimacy created in a safe environment.

Note from the Author:

During the past two summers I partnered with Roots, an initiative now in its fourth year led by a Palestinian and Israeli joint committee, to conduct photo workshops exclusively for women who would otherwise have no contact. An important part of the program was to develop photographic skills.  Just as essential was the opportunity for women “from the other side” to interact in a daily setting, many for the very first time in their lives.

Last year a 250-page photo album was published which included my journal describing the work done with brave and inspiring people. The latter was an eye-opener for many readers which they greatly valued. Following that success and the feedback, this past summer’s West Bank assignment is now printed in the format of an illustrated digital book.  The assignments included two more women’s photo workshops with Roots.  And a  new initiative got off the ground:  three daylong photo seminars exclusively for Palestinian women in remote villages where they have few opportunities for expression and empowerment (those were organized by Taghyeer, a nonviolent Palestinian movement). 
In this e-book I describe the crucial work done on the ground by local peace organizations, the hardship experienced with the situation on the ground becoming more harrowing, the moments of inspiration as well as the ones when remaining hopeful is a challenge.  I share the stories of many of the individuals I interacted with.  I describe the process of conducting photo workshops for women from different cultures.   I illustrate the women working together, showing intimate connections and how the participants’ individuality shines through with their own style and narrative: a recognition of their uniqueness and worth.
The need for such endeavors to create trust and promote the recognition and the support of each other’s identity on all levels is crucial.  

Please note that all proceeds of this book will be going to fund more photo workshops for Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank.




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