Together We Came: Dr. Adel Mahmoud

Posted by Guest on June 29, 2018 in Blog

By Allison Ulven

On June 11, a brain hemorrhage claimed the life of a man whose work made incredible impacts on science and medicine. His legacy will remain as his vaccines continue to save hundreds of thousands of lives every year.

Dr. Adel Mahmoud was born on August 24, 1941 in Cairo to Abdelfattah and Fathia Osman. When he was ten years old, his father became ill with pneumonia. After rushing to the

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Together We Came: Reem Assil

Posted by Guest on June 27, 2018 in Blog

By Allison Ulven

“My work as a food activist is cultural work.”

Reem Assil uses her expert cooking skills as a way to unite her community, scrapping prejudice whenever possible.

Growing up in Boston, there were times when Reem’s Arab heritage made her different from her fellow students, like bringing Arabic food when everyone else was eating peanut butter and jelly. Her mother would react with open arms and invite the children to learn how to make baklawa, “food was...

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Together We Came: Ayman Mohyeldin

Posted by Guest on June 25, 2018 in Blog

By Allison Ulven

Throughout his career, Ayman Mohyeldin showed immense bravery, risking his life on dangerous assignments as a foreign news correspondent. His thorough and heartfelt reporting earned him a spot as one of Time Magazine’s most influential people.

Ayman lived in his birthplace, Cairo, until the family moved to Kennesaw, Georgia when he was five years old. His father, Medhat Mohyeldin, is Egyptian and his mother, Abla Awwad,...

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Together We Came: Dr. Najat Khelil

Posted by Guest on June 18, 2018 in Blog

By Allison Ulven

Dr. Najat Arafat Khelil is a pioneer in the field of science, becoming the first woman in Texas to earn a doctorate in nuclear physics in 1974. Since then, she has dedicated her life to education and the development of young leaders, whether in the field of science or to assist in conflict resolution in the Middle East.

Born in Nablus, Khelil’s father always emphasized the importance of education and encouraged...

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Together We Came: JJ Totah

Posted by Guest on June 13, 2018 in Blog

By Allison Ulven

June is pride month and Arab American teenage actor JJ Totah is a powerful force for the LGBTQ community, reminding everyone to be proud of who they are.

Totah was born in Sacramento, California to a family with Palestinian, Lebanese, and Italian ancestry. As a child, he was aware of the stereotypes and protocols of how young boys were supposed to act. Girls played dress up...

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Arab American Candidates Run Powerful Races in California’s Highly Contested 2018 Primary

Posted by Guest on June 12, 2018 in Blog

By Lela Ali

The nation’s eyes were on California’s primary election last Tuesday, and for good reason. As Republicans were trying to cling to their seats in a deep-blue state, Democrats saw an opportunity to flip several Congressional seats to secure a narrow House majority in the 2018 elections. In most states, the primary simply sends a candidate from each major party to face-off in the general election, but because of California’s unique ”jungle primary,” all candidates run against each other, with the top two advancing regardless of party affiliation, making it one of the most competitive congressional races...

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Together We Came: Callie Khouri

Posted by Guest on June 11, 2018 in Blog

By Allison Ulven

The movie Thelma & Louise took the world by storm when it hit theatres. Although controversial at first, it eventually became a classic, with its strong female leads resonating well amongst audiences. The writer of the screenplay, Callie Khouri, used her passion and creativity to be an advocate for women’s rights throughout her life.

Khouri was born November 27,1957, to a Lebanese American doctor and a “

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Together We Came: Abie Abraham

Posted by Guest on June 01, 2018 in Blog

By Allison Ulven

“I was never one of those guys, hero guys wearing medals and all that,” Abie Abraham once said. His bravery in WWII and his continued service after, however, tell a different story.

Abie was born on July 31, 1913 in Lyndora, Pennsylvania to Syrian immigrants Elias and Esther Thomson Abraham, the third of 11 children. His father arrived on Ellis Island on May 18,...

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Together We Came: Portraits of Arab Immigrants and their Descendants

Posted on June 01, 2018
In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month, AAI is highlighting outstanding Arab immigrants. Share your immigrant story to be included!
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Posted on May 10, 2018 in Opportunities


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