Together We Came

Posted by on June 06, 2014 in Blog

Elias Zerhouni arrived in the United States after spending his youth in Algeria. While growing up in Algerian town Nedroma, his father, a teacher, stressed the importance and value of education. Elias was a gifted student, particularly excelling in the sciences and he was determined to become either an engineer or a physicist. As a student, he volunteered in a village in the mountains of Algeria and witnessed how the poor were affected by restricted access to quality healthcare. Seeing this suffering and realizing that he could do something...

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Together We Came

Posted by on June 05, 2014 in Blog

In celebration of the first annual Immigrant Heritage Month, AAI will highlight outstanding Arab American immigrants and their descendants who have had an indelible impact on the vibrancy of our nation. From creating the first artificial heart to sending the first shuttle into space, the Arab American community has been an important part of American growth and success. The portraits of Arab Americans shared here will remind us that the United States is a nation defined by our diversity and the contributions of countless immigrants from all over the world.

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Join Us in Celebrating the First Annual Immigrant Heritage Month this June!

Posted by on June 02, 2014 in Blog

Today marks the beginning of the first ever Immigrant Heritage Month, a nationwide effort to share people’s stories of immigration in America. Our community, like many others, is proud of our ethnic heritage and together we can highlight narratives of Arab Americans who have contributed so much to so many aspects of America.

Immigrant Heritage Month (IHM), an initiative spearheaded by Welcome.us, is an important platform to join many other immigrant communities to underscore how our country’s heritage is built on the diversity and contributions of immigrants. Our combined, coordinated voices can be a...

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“Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” Screens at Cannes Film Festival

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Blog

By Emily Cooke Summer Intern, 2014

From May 14th to the 25th , Cannes, France is immersed in a sea of artistic passion and enlivened by the imaginative work of both aspiring and accomplished filmmakers from all over the world. This year, the iconic film festival recognizes a number of films about the Arab world, each distinctive and commendable in their own right. In the past, notable films from the region that were screened included the critically acclaimed Wadjda from Saudi Arabia and Omar from Palestine. So far, the 67th annual Cannes...

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2014 Arab American Service Day

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on May 19, 2014 in Blog
On Saturday, May 17th, Arab American organizations around the country took part in the 10th annual National Arab American Service Day. This year, the Arab American Institute partnered with the Neighborhood Farm Initiative (NFI), a community garden that serves children, adults, and neighbors of the Fort Totten area of Washington, DC.
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Participant Media Accepts the Award for Corporate Citizenship at Gibran Gala

Posted by on May 07, 2014 in Blog
This year’s recipient of the Award for Corporate Citizenship at the 2014 Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala, Participant Media, is known for their production of films with conscientious subject matter and sharp storytelling. Since its creation in 2004, Participant has established itself as a leader in social justice issues, pioneering a marriage of great film and effective action campaigns. Participant Media is responsible for more than 50 films, of which 36 received Academy Award nominations and 7 earned Academy Awards, including Good Night and Good Luck, The Help, Syriana, An Inconvenient Truth, and Lincoln.
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Senator George Mitchell Delivers Moving Speech at Gibran Gala

Posted by on May 01, 2014 in Blog

On April 25th, the Arab American Institute Foundation hosted its 16th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala. Senator George Mitchell received the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service in recognition of his long and distinguished career and his unwavering commitment to peace.

In his video remarks to Gala attendees, Secretary of State John Kerry praised Senator. Mitchell for his work in the Senate, saying he was “way ahead of his time.” “[Senator Mitchell] was clearly someone with a moral compass who cared, and who didn’t just talk about peace and justice but did everything...

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Participant Media to Receive the Award for Corporate Citizenship at 2014 Gibran Gala

Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Blog
The Arab American Institute Foundation is pleased to announce that the Award for Corporate Citizenship will be presented to Participant Media at the 2014 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala on April 25 in Washington, DC.
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Writing the Soundtrack to Social Change

Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Blog
By Margaret Lowry Arab American singer, songwriter and activist Stephan Said, welcomed as “this generation’s Woody Guthrie” by Billboard Magazine, has been favorably compared by critics to Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Bob Marley. Born to an Iraqi father and Austrian mother, Said’s own amalgam of cultures inspired his musical sound which mixes genres, instruments, and even languages.
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The Arab World’s Sultry Relationship with the Sun

Posted by on February 10, 2014 in Blog

By Firas Suqi Spring Intern, 2014

The notion of harnessing the power of the sun as a renewable energy source is by no means a modern one. As thousands of immigrants from Arab countries crossed through Ellis Island in aftermath of World War I and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, so did the vision of Lebanese American Hassan Kamel Al-Sabbah – who dreamt of one day returning to his home and transforming the sunny skies of the Arabian Desert into a solar powered paradise. While he’d never make it back to Lebanon,...

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