DR. JACQUELINE TAYLOR BASKER is an art-historian, artist, film maker & writer. She spent 7 years teaching at NYIT’s campus in Amman, Jordan as Chair of the Computer Graphics/Fine Arts Program. She visited Jerusalem and Palestine frequently, and joined peace actions there, including a bus trip to Gaza with Breaking the Silence, former IDF soldiers. When NYIT left Jordan, she taught Heritage & Conservation and Islamic Architectural History at the School of Architecture, German Jordan University. She returns every summer to Jordan to teach, conduct research and paint. Her research interest is symbolism in mosaics and she has been exploring shared sacred symbolism in monuments in Jordan and Palestine. She held an art exhibit regarding endangered heritage at Bandak Gallery, Amman in September entitled “Endangered: Land,
People, Heritage. Her painting “The Top Ten Endangered Sites in Jordan” was purchased by the Amman Mayor’s office. She writes for WestView News in Greenwich Village on politics, society and the arts. She is completing her film "The History of Jerusalem in Art: Realities and Fantasies."