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Ohio State University Panel Discussion (Chair), 2015

Guest Speaker at The 37th Annual Literary Festival, Old Dominion University, USA


Photography by Old Dominion University Photographer Anne M. Peterson.


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Introducing Symposium "Talking about Jewish Women and Comics" (Co-Chair) Yeshiva University Museum.
The Jewish Channel Report, 2012


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“Life Drawing- the Visual Autobiography of Jewish Women Artists”
Dickinson College, USA, 2012

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Women of The World Festival, South Bank Centre 2013.


Jewish Graphic Novelists Course, JW3, 2013.


Public Lectures, Conference Papers,
Workshops and Art Tours


"The Book of Sarah", (Keynote)

(Self-) documentation and (Self) Constitution of Gendered Cultural Identities, Bochum, Germany

 "The Book of Sarah"

Mathrubhumi Literary Festival 

Kerala, India

"The Book of Sarah",

Jewish Book Week, Kings Place, London




Megillat Esther Levy in Miriam Katin’s We Are On Our Own

Association of Jewish Studies Conference, Boston.

“Sarah vs Sarah in The Book of Sarah

Autobiographics Panel, Drawing Yourself In and Out of It,”, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

"Maternity and Comics Panel", Convenor and Speaker, Transititons Conference, Birkbeck, London

‘LAYDEEZ DO COMICS 2009-2019: Putting the Yonics into Comics What it was, is and will be… and why’ (with Nicola Streeten)

Comics Forum 10. Progress: A Decade of Comics Scholarship, Leeds Central Library.

“Postnatal Depression in Miriam Katin’s We Are On Our Own

Comics Studies Society, University of Champagne, Illinois.

“Jewish Motherhood/Unmotherhood: Breastfeeding, IVF and The Holocaust”, “Jewish Women and Comics Panel”,

European Association for Jewish Studies Conference, Krakow, Poland

“Megillat Esther Levy in Miriam Katin’s We Are On Our Own

British Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference, Durham University.

"The Book of Sarah" (Keynote)

British Jewish Contemporary Cultures: An International Conference, Bangor University 



"Dressing Eve in “The Star Sapphire”, a four page comic by Sharon Rudahl", 

Association of Jewish Studies Conference, Washington DC

"'The Star Sapphire' by Sharon Rudahl, Comics, Fine Art and Feminist Theology", Multi-Disciplinary Gender Seminars, 

University of Cambridge 

Summer School Transnational Graphic Narratives, University of Siegen, (July -August)

“Bobby Baker, Mary and Motherhood”, Life Writing Europe and New
Media, International AutoBiography Association/Centre for Life Writing Research, Kings College, London.

"To Paint Our Lives" : Charlotte Salomon's Continuum in the Comics of Sarah Lightman and Bernice Eisenstein Reflecting on Charlotte Salomon Study Day,

Goldsmiths College (15 May)



Lines in The Sand, Conflicts and Transitions, Conference of the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture, University of Glasgow.

Bobby Baker, The Virgin Mary and Sarahs: Comics and Motherhood,

Stages and Pages, Graphic Medicine Conference, Dundee

The Graphic Details of The Star Sapphire: An Exploration of the themes of Graphic Details Confessional Comics by Jewish Women through the panels of Sharon Rudahl's four-page comic

Drawing The Line: Womens Comics Art Conference, Ben Gurion University, Israel

'Do You Miss Your Country?',  In Conversation with Polish visual artist Monika Szydłowska

Free Word Centre, London

Arnie's Air Conditioner and other fond memories: Aline Crumb in conversation with Sarah Lightman
In Conversation with legendary American underground comics artist Aline Crumb.House of Illustration, London

Kapow! Women of the World, Graphic Novel Social

Una (Becoming Unbecoming), Rachael Ball (The Inflatable Woman) and Catherine Anyango (Heart of Darkness and 2x2). Southbank Centre, London (Chair)

Limelight Night: Comix Creatrix
With Patrice Aggs, Rachael Ball, Kate Evans, Karrie Fransman, Isobel Greenberg, Kripa Joshi, Nicola Lane and Alison Sampson. House of Illustration, London


Edinburgh Jewish Literary Society

"Storytelling Sexual Abuse Though Comics", Laydeez Do Comic Panel, Clearlines Festival

Talking Sexual Abuse and Consent, London

"Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women" Oxford University

"Thoughts on Cake" Symposium and Tea Party, Sussex University.

Curators Tour "Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women",

Panel Discussion with Miriam Katin, Trina Robbins, and Sarah Glidden (Chair)

Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum and Library, Ohio State University

Laydeez do Comics, Haifa

The Art of The Graphic Novel", Jewish Book Week, London . With Rutu Modan and  Yirmi Pinkus chaired by Dr Ariel Kahn 


 5 x15 "Stories from The Heart" New North London Synagogue

Slade Comics Study Day, 14 November, UCL, Gower St, London WC1E 6BT

"Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women - Communities of Experience"

A One Day Symposium (co-chair with Dr Heike Bauer) JW3, The Jewish Community Centre for London

Graphic Details Artists Guided Tour Space Station 65, Kennington Tuesday

"Disappointed Believers" Temple Beth-El, Augusta 

"Metamorphosing Difficulties- Women's Traumatic Lives Transformed into Graphic Novels"

Exploring Women's Testimony  - Conference

University of Maine, Augusta, USA

Comic Art Workshops, Old Dominion University

"Food, Family and Feelings in The Book of Sarah and  Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women"

37th Annual Literary Festival, Old Dominion University,  

"Graphic Details- Women of the (White) Walls", Gordon Gallery, Old Dominion University, Virginia, USA

"Becoming a Graphic Novelist - Subverting Stereotypes" Comics Unmasked  at the British Library, with Ariel Kahn

"The Book of Sarah" Part of My Devotion Lecture Series. Camberwell College of Art



"The Book of Sarah, Making Visual Autobiography", Graduate Lecture, Birkbeck College, London

"Objects and Talking Animals in Ilana Zeffren's Comics", JW3, The JCC for London.

"Jewish Graphic Novellists", JW3, The JCC for London.

"Jews and Visual Memoirs", (4 Part Course) JW3, The JCC for London.

Jewish Women and Comics, The Feminist Library, London.

"The Book of Sarah", Jews and Modern Visual Culture Conference, Jewish Museum Manchester.

"Metamorphosing Difficulties in Autobiographical Comics", University of Glasgow.

"The Book of Sarah", Laydeez do Comics, Leeds.

"The Book of Sarah - My Life in Objects (2)", Laydeez do Comics, The Phoenix Theatre, Brighton.

"Metamorphosing Difficulties: The Autobiographical Comics of Sarah Leavitt, Nicola Streeten and Maureen Burdock", Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

"The Book of Sarah - My Life in Objects (1)", Laydeez do Comics, CCA, Glasgow.

"'Women of the White Walls' Feminism, Curation and Textual Exegesis", University of Glasgow.

 "Graphic Confessions by Jewish Women", Women of The World Festival, South Bank Centre, London.

"Graphic Memoir", Upper Wimpole Street Literary Salon, London.

"Art, Politics, Space and Narrative", Art Tour for JCC for London, Tate Modern.


"Graphic Confessions: Comics and Visual Memoirs by Jewish Women", Limmud Conference, University of Warwick.

"Be a Superheroine of Everyday Life", Comics Workshop, Young Limmud, University of Warwick

"Women and the Graphic Novel", Whitechapel Art Gallery.

Jewish Art Salon, Sandys Lane Synagogue.

Laydeez do Comics, Cafe Kino, Bristol.

Interrogating Trauma in the Humanities, University of Lincoln.

Laydeez do Comics, Cafe Kino, Bristol.


"Why Are Older Women Creating Graphic Memoirs?", Comics and Medicine: Navigating The Margins, University of Toronto

“Visual Methods- Drawing Out Spaces for Life Stories,” The British Psychological Society Conference, London.

“Life Drawing- the Visual Autobiography of Jewish Women Artists,” Dickinson College, USA.

“Cartoon Tears and Drawing Trauma in Diane Noomin’s Baby Talk: A Tale of Four Miscarriages,” Hershey Medical School, Pennsylvania State University, USA.



“Life Drawing,” Centre for Emblem Society, University of Glasgow

“Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women: Curator’s Tour,” Koffler Centre for The Arts, Canada.

Comic Making Workshop for Teenagers, Koffler Off-Site Presents at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto

“Harming and Healing in Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women,” McMaster University, Toronto

“Harming and Healing in Autobiographical Comics,” Bournemouth University



“A Selection from Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women,” North Eastern Modern Languages Association, Montreal

“Harming and Healing in the work of Bobby Baker,” Graphic Medicine Conference, Institute of English Studies, University of London

“A Graphic Life: An Artist’s Perspective,” Life Writing and Intimate Publics, University of Sussex

“Harvey Pekar”, Ordinary Life is Pretty Complex Stuff, Birkbeck College, University of London

“Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women” – California College of the Arts, San Francisco

“Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women”, Panel Discussion, Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco

 “Women in Comics,” Panel Discussion, Thought Bubble Comics Convention, Leeds

“Theory and Practice,” Panel Discussion, Theory and Practice Conference Leeds Art Gallery

“Drawing Out Trauma,” Trauma and Herstory, Northampton University

“Why am I curating Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women?”- Transitions Conference, Birkbeck College, University of London