Speaking and Events Index

Ai Weiwei: Voices of Freedom: Franke James speaks at the AGO: The “Six Warnings Signs that Free Expression is at Risk in Canada”. Organized by the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. October 2, 2013

St. Lawrence University: Franke James
Climate: Change Forum: A green conscience is hard to ignore. September 18, 2013

College of Sustainability, Dalhousie University: Franke James
Environment, Sustainability and Society Lectures: “Speaking up for the climate and against censorship.” September 12, 2013

Speaking Event – Canadian Journalists for Free Expression: Event description. [Live Blog]


On May 2, 2013, CJFE launched the publication of its annual Review of Free Expression in Canada with “a salon-style conversation focusing on this hard won and frequently challenged Charter right.” The evening honoured World Press Freedom Day on May 3. Franke James spoke about free expression and presented excerpts from her new book, “Banned on the Hill”. See the live blog from the event

Canzine Toronto: Chill Against Political Dissent in Art
Franke James is on the panel to discuss “Chill Against Political Dissent in Art”. As the conservative government threatens art grants and rejects funding for artistic projects and centres that support projects it sees as anti-government or “glorify[ing] terrorism,” are artists and art centres afraid to create controversial art for fear of losing funding? Our panelists will discuss the perceptions and realities surrounding this topic. Link

Kingston Arts Council:Censorship and the Public Display of Art“, featuring keynote speaker Franke James, author, activist and artist, who will join other local arts experts for this important panel discussion at the Central Public Library on Sunday Sept 30th 2pm. Panel questions will range from: Franke James’ experience with censorship of her art; Kingston’s creation of a Public Art Policy; and how we (artists, curators, members of the public), can advocate for freedom of artistic expression. Audience members will be given the opportunity to speak and ask questions of the panel speakers. Link

CITY TV Electric Playground interviews essayist Franke James about “What is Harper afraid of?”

Elora Centre for the Arts: Franke James in ‘Perspectives on Canadian Tar Sands and the Northern Gateway Pipeline’

Toronto: LeftWords Festival: May 6/12 Panel: “Drawn to Change: Comics & Politics” Artist/author Franke James

Toronto: The Big Carrot: Franke James on Green Activism for Everyone

Quinte Bay: Artist Franke James teams up with musician Sarah Harmer to inspire action

Hamilton, Ontario: Franke James on the Tar Sands, the Northern Gateway Pipeline

Skeptics in the Pub Franke James “Banned on the Hill”

Octopi in Toronto: Franke James’ Political Art: The Ambassador, the Octopus…

Minden, Ontario Blacklisted Artist Shares Her Story

University of Ottawa Reading: “Banned on the Hill”, November 1, 2011

“I wanted to thank you again for coming to talk to us. Your story was truly captivating… After watching and listening to your visual essay last night, followed by reading your book – I am truly inspired by your story. You have turned what most would consider dire circumstances and transitioned them into positives. I found your essays to be educating, eye-opening, and even funny. I was glued to the screen the whole time.” Shannan Desjardins, President, Gaia, Geography and Environmental Studies Student Association

Sierra Club Canada: Green Conscience Workshop, November 1, 2011

Credit Valley Conservation Keynote: October 15, 2011

STAO Convention: Science Teacher’s Association of Ontario
“Awesome – inspiring!  Franke James’ message touched my head, heart and gut! Very inspiring – can’t wait to test it out! I will be doing this project in my 2 science classes.”
Participant feedback from teachers

Government of Ontario: Staff Day

Richmond Hill, Ontario: Holy Trinity School

Green T Speaker’s Night: Franke James and Don MacIver

High school, Belleville, Ontario: Workshop, Moira Secondary School

Toronto Girls School: Franke James presents at St. Clement’s School

St. Clement students send a handmade thank you book

Toronto Co-ed School: Franke James presents at The Mabin School

Toronto Boys’ School: Earth Week: Upper Canada College

University of Colorado: 2010 Legacy Lecture and Green Conscience workshop

Canadian Ecology Centre: Franke James talk and workshop

Ottawa School Board: Franke James, keynote speaker

Toronto High School: Franke James speaks at Newtonbrook High School

Treehugger:Franke James presents at Design for the Greater Good

Bates College: Keynote to Incoming Class

Ontario Teachers Federation: Climate Change Workshops

Bothered By My Green Conscience: Book Launch and Reading at Roots, Toronto

Toronto School Board: Franke James presents Six Tools for Climate Change Art

University of Cincinnati: Franke James Keynote

Book Reading, Cincinnati:Franke James at Joseph-Beth Booksellers

Workshop, Cincinnati: Franke James at Park + Vine, Cincinnati

McMichael Gallery, Kleinburg: Six Tools for Climate Change Art