Dangerously Funny Arab Americans

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on June 26, 2016 in Blog

Join us for a one-time-only comedy experience for RNC delegates as we use humor to break down cultural barriers and humanize ethnic and religious minorities. By coming together to laugh, we are laying the groundwork for dialogue that celebrates our commonalities rather than exploiting differences. CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR THE COMEDY SHOW

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Together We Came: Robert George AKA the White House Santa

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on June 12, 2016 in Blog

For many, Christmas represents a time of hope and joy, and for those who knew Robert George, Christmas did not just come once a year. Born in 1924 to Lebanese parents, George was inspired with a vision in 1949 to “become Santa Claus”. When he moved to Los Angeles a few years later, George transformed his home into a year-round Christmas display, decked with Styrofoam snow, twinkling lights, a toy train, and thousands of donated toys. In 1956, word of George’s Christmas “Dreamland” reached President Eisenhower...

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Together We Came: Diana Al-Hadid

Posted by Hannah Locop on June 07, 2016 in Blog

Source: www.art21.org A Brooklyn-based artist, Diana Al-Hadid was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1981. At the age of five, her family immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio. The daughter of a florist and an insurance agent, Al-Hadid pursued a BFA at Kent State University and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She later attended the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Al-Hadid uses a variety of materials such as polymer...

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Together We Came: Rami Malek

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on June 05, 2016 in Blog

Capturing American audiences as Elliot Alderson in the “compulsively watchable” TV series, Mr. Robot, Rami Malek was born in Los Angeles to Egyptian parents. Malek cherishes his connection to the Arab world and his ability to advance the representation of Arab Americans on television and in the movies. He has received critical acclaim for his performance as a paranoid cyber hacker on Mr. Robot. After the series’ first season, Malek won “Best Actor in a Drama Series” at the Critics’ Choice Award and was nominated for a number of other awards, including a Golden Globe,...

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Muhammad Ali: The Loss of a Champion

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on June 04, 2016 in Blog
As the world mourns the passing of civil rights icon and world-renowned athlete, Muhammad Ali, AAI President, James Zogby, remembered some of the special moments Ali shared with our community...
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Remembering Clovis Maksoud

Posted by James Zogby on May 16, 2016 in Blog
Clovis Maksoud was an Arab nationalist, par excellence. He was giant intellect who taught generations of Arabs and Arab Americans the importance of transcending sectarian and country-specific particularities and finding common ground in a shared Arab identity.
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"Voices from the Holy Land": A Series on Palestine and Israel

Posted by Meredith Pahowka on April 04, 2016 in Blog

A free film series organized by more than 20 religious groups of Christians, Jews, and Muslims began Sunday, April 3rd, in the Washington, DC area. The series, entitled “Voices from the Holy Land”, will show films every Sunday for five weeks and explore the complex issues preventing peace in Israel and Palestine. Allan Kellum, one of the organizers, says that the films and audience discussions that will follow each film are “aimed at humanizing the conflict and adding to our understanding of its tragic causes.” See...

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Syrian Violinist Mariela Shaker to Perform at Gibran Gala

Posted by Arab American Institute on April 01, 2016 in Blog
Syrian refugee and violin virtuoso Mariela Shaker will perform at our 18th annual Gibran Gala.
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Arab Literature From the Nahda to the Pen League & Today

Posted by Jacob Saliba on March 11, 2016 in Blog

No person can truly comprehend the Arab experience through the lens of a textbook, history is as sensory as it is factual and ancient as short-lived. Modern Arabic literature has pioneered new fleets for a language with age-old roots and a sacred past. Arab Americans have contributed greatly to this literary rebirth ever since immigrants began arriving in the U.S. in the 1800s.

Emerging out of the Nahda, Arabic for renaissance, new found interest in art, literature and flourishing cosmopolitanism brought great wealth to the streets of Cairo, Beirut, Jaffa and elsewhere in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. ...

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Jamie Farr to Receive Special Recognition Award at the 2016 Gibran Awards Gala

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 02, 2016 in Blog
From his days on-screen to his exemplary philanthropic work in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, Jamie Farr has touched the hearts of people across the country.
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