Gibran Update: Actor Jeff Fahey to Present Special Recognition Award to USCRI

Posted by on April 04, 2011 in Blog
Actor Jeff Fahey will present the special recognition award to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) at the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala Wednesday May 4. Fahey is a well known actor, appearing and starring in a wide range of movies and television shows throughout his career. Recently, Fahey played the role of Captain Frank Lapidus on the popular ABC series Lost.
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Stephen Said: Song of Arab Reform

Posted by on April 01, 2011 in Blog
As an Iraqi American, Stephen Said has watched the recent events in Egypt and Tunisia with nervousness, wonder, and hope. Like many Arab Americans, he wondered what he could do to contribute to the cause, not simply for the ouster of President Mubarak from Egypt, but for “equality and freedom not just across the Arab world, but for the entire world.” His contribution, like that of Abdel Halim Hafez, Sam Cooke, or countless other socially-conscious musicians, comes in the form of song.
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Kahlil Gibran would be proud

Posted by on March 28, 2011 in Blog
Browsing the internet the other day, I found a series of videos about The Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala on YouTube which I thought were great. The videos contain original footage, serving as a comprehensive recap of the awards gala from years past. I wasn't surprised when I saw the name of the individual who posted them: Voice of America's Mohamed Elshinnawi, who has been a Gibran Gala regular for several years. His videos shed light on the reason why the Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) holds its prestigious awards gala in Kahlil Gibran's name. If you haven't seen his videos before, they definitely warrant a look.
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Karim Rashid is in town!

Posted by on March 14, 2011 in Blog
For those of you who read our post on Karim Rashid, make sure to attend his interior design lecture on March 24 at 6:30pm at George Washington University! Seating is limited, so RSVP at
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2011 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala Support

Posted on March 01, 2011 in Arab American Institute



ChevronHusami & AssociatesIssa Family FoundationAssad and Mary JebaraThe Al Maloof FamilyMorganti GroupPegasus Capital AdvisorsGeorge & Rhonda Salem Family Foundation The Palestinian Business Committee for Peace and Reform Corporate Hosts

Abdel-Maksoud PharmaciesY.K. Almoayyed &...

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About the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards

Posted on March 01, 2011 in Arab American Institute


Launched in 1999 by the Arab American Institute Foundation, the awards focus attention on acts of leadership and dedication that promote the common good. The Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards recognize individuals, corporations, organizations and communities whose work, commitment and support make a difference in promoting co-existence and inclusion in all walks of life. The awards aim to promote the positive forces of diversity and cultural interaction, and to showcase programs that foster democratic and humanitarian values across racial, ethnic and religious lines. The award is named for the author of "The Prophet" whose message...

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2011 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Honorary Committee

Posted on March 01, 2011 in Arab American Institute

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany

Jane Abraham

S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation

Hon. Michael Baroody

Alma Arrington Brown Chevy Chase Bank

Michael Brown The Ronald H. Brown Foundation, Inc.

Hon. Esther Coopersmith Former U.S. Representative to the United Nations

Mathilda Raffa Cuomo Mentoring USA

Deborah I. Dingell

Samia Farouki HIIFinance Corp.

Jamie Farr

Hon. Edward M. Gabriel Former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco

Hon. Eva Teig Hardy

Casey Kasem

Nemir Kirdar Investcorp International Inc.

Alma Powell Hon. Selwa S. “Lucky” Roosevelt Former White House Chief of Protocol Hon....

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2011 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Steering Committee

Posted on March 01, 2011 in Arab American Institute

Chair Jean R. AbiNader Moroccan American Center

Amjad Atallah New America Foundation

Maya Berry

Ahmed Chebbani American Arab Chamber of Commerce

George DeBakey Atomic Learning

William Farah, Esq. Oldaker, Belair & Wittie, LLP

Hani K. Findakly Potomac Capital

Randa Fahmy Hudome Fahmy Hudome International, LLC

Michele Forzley Forzley & Associates

George N. Jalinos The Galen Group

Dr. Raymond Jallow U.S. Omen Trust

Dr. Al Johary Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs

Roxana Chahin Jordan Jordan Development Group

Reema Jweied-Guegel U.S. Jordan Business Council

Victoria Linden Midwest Federation of Syrian and Lebanese-American Clubs

Martha Toma Morrison World Affairs Council


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2011 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Honorees

Posted on March 01, 2011 in Arab American Institute

Award for Institutional Excellence:

Vital Voices

Vital Voices is a NGO that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe.

  The Middle East and North African Businesswomen’s Network (in 11 Middle Eastern Countries) aims to increase the number of women in business and the value of their businesses, to advance the role of women in society, and to promote a regional culture of women's entrepreneurship Partners annually with the U.S. State Department and FORTUNE Magazine to provide international emerging women leaders in business the opportunity to develop their leadership, management and...

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The Revolution Has a Soundtrack

Posted by on February 18, 2011 in Blog
Music and politics have always gone hand in hand. From Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony (originally titled “Bonaparte”) to Public Enemy’s Fight the Power, artists have used music to echo the hopes, dreams, and frustrations of the people. The Arab world is no exception; it’s no coincidence that the Egyptian revolution of 1952 coincided with the rise of Arab greats such as Abdel Halim Hafez, Umm Qultum, and Mohammed Abdel Wahab. Umm Qultum rose to fame partly through songs inspired by the political revolution of Gamal Abdel-Nasser.
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