The Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary project team and artists participated in a wide range of public presenting and conducting workshops across the United States. This included placing project collaborators on panels to speak to their lived experience, as well as project team presenting at nationally acclaimed conferences.

College Book Arts Association

January 2020, New Orleans, LA

Interactive presentation and tabling with Suzanne Seesman, Nora Elmarzouky, Fadaa Ali, and Islam Aly

National Humanities Alliance Conference

November 2019, Honolulu, Hawai’i

Presentation and bookmaking workshop by Peggy Seiden, Katie Price, and Yaroub Al-Obaidi


August 2019, Philadelphia, PA

Presentation and bookmaking workshop by Nora Elmarzouky and Yaroub Al-Obaidi

The American Association of State and Local History Conference

August 2019, Philadelphia, PA

Presentation and bookmaking workshop by Nora Elmarzouky and Yaroub Al-Obaidi

American Library Association Conference International Relations Roundtable Pre-Conference

June 2019, Washington DC

Presentation by Peggy Seiden and Yaroub Al-Obaidi

Pride Flag Raising at City Hall

June 2019, Philadelphia, PA

The Office of Immigrant Affairs and the Office of LGBTQ Affairs partnered up for Immigrant Heritage Month and Pride Month around the theme belonging. Asmaa Diab presented on the theme at the Flag Raising.

Art and Be(longing) at the Middle East Center

April 2019, University of Pennsylvania

Panel discussion, moderated by Ibrahim Bakri, about the role art has played in the lives of project collaborators Osama Herkal, Abdul Karim Awad, Amaal Al-Najjar, and Fadaa Ali. It included collective translation with the audience. Osama provided the food.

Presentation at I LEARN AMERICA Workshop

April 2019, Langley Park, MD

An interactive bookmaking workshop and presentation at the International High School at Langley Park with Islam Aly and Suzanne Seesman

PHENND Art + Trauma Site Visit

April 2019, Swarthmore College

Book-Making Activity and Curator-Guided Tour of Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary Exhibition with Suzanne Seesman, Peggy Seiden, and Katie Price

More Than: Beyond the Refugee Stereotype

March 2019, University of Pennsylvania

Yaroub Al-Obaidi, Asmaa Diab, Shouq Ramadan, and Ali Salman spoke alongside Catherine Miller, the Executive Director of HIAS and poet, Ndeen Al-Barqawi, amongst others about their journeys and experiences with resettlement in the United States. This was organized by Penn Law Students to bring lived experience to couple academic learning, which also included an exhibition of artworks - some of which was from this project. It was actually the first time for some of the works made on the project to be publicly displayed. Read about it on the Daily Philadelphian.

Presentation to Arabic classes at Swarthmore

March 2019, Swarthmore College

Presentation about the project to student the Arabic Department in Arabic by Yaroub Al-Obaidi

Creative Mornings: Restart

November 2018, Navy Yards

A global conversation about the theme Restart led by Fouad Sakhnini with a project introduction from Nora Elmarzouky

Swarthmore College Faculty Happy Hour

November 2018, Swarthmore College

Informal conversation with Swarthmore faculty to become involved with the project led by Peggy Seiden, Katie Price, Suzanne Seesman, Nora Elmarzouky, and Yaroub Al-Obaidi

Imagining America

October 2018, Chicago, IL

A presentation and simple book-making workshop activating archives led by Peggy Seiden, Katie Price, Yaroub Al-Obaidi, and Nora Elmarzouky

Critically Engaged Librarianship Conference

August 2018, Washington DC

A presentation about the project from Peggy Seiden, Katie Price, and Suzanne Seesman

Living the Liberal Arts: A Celebration of Eugene Lang

December 2017, Swarthmore College

An informal conversation with display led by project team: Peggy Seiden, Katie Price, Suzanne Seesman, and Nora Elmarzouky