The War of Narratives

Posted by Nicole Khamis on August 06, 2015 in Blog
In the battle to control the narrative of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on campuses, Title VI funding for Middle East Studies is caught in the crossfire. As the 10th reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) will be completed by the end of this year, threats to completely defund Middle East Programs created by Title VI are mounting, and should be a concern for all who believe in the integrity of academia.
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Transforming Higher Education

Posted by Nicole Khamis on July 27, 2015 in Blog

Discussion of the Higher Education Act, a hot topic on the Hill ahead of its budget reauthorization this fall, was accompanied by talk of decreasing federal regulations and de-mystifying financial processes for students who are struggling to pay and stay in college.

A hearing, titled “Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Exploring Barriers to Innovation” was held in the Dirksen Senate Building Wednesday morning to discuss problems and possible solutions to the flawed post-secondary education system. 

Signed into law by President Johnson in 1965, the HEA must be reauthorized every five years. Last reauthorized in 2008, members of Congress have been...

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Women and Education in the Middle East

Posted by Neveen Hammad on July 01, 2015 in Blog
The panel featured international development advisor, Nadereh Chamlou; author, feminist, and former co-chair of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative, May Rihani; Vice President of Education for Employment, Taleb Salhab; and senior correspondent of Al-Arabiya TV, Nadia Bilbassy. The collective message from the panelists was that education for women is key, and a lack of progress has been a huge impediment to Middle Eastern societies and economies within the post-revolutionary paradigm. Opening the discussion, Bilbassy said that social progress she and many others strive for will take immense effort and time, “It might take us a generation – and I’m not being pessimistic here – to go where we want this go to.” Radical Islamist groups such as ISIL and the Muslim Brotherhood not only exclude women from government and social affairs, but they also coerce them into staying at home. In Egypt, for example, a law was passed that prohibited girls under eighteen from getting married. When the Muslim Brotherhood took power, however, they repealed this law. The panel argued that this reversal combined with women’s social isolation lead to deterioration in women’s health (due to limited medical access), as well as stunted educational, economic, and social advancements.
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Together We Came: Dr. Michael DeBakey

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 17, 2015 in Blog
Michel E. Dabaghi was born in Louisiana in September 1908. He was the oldest of five children and was raised by his Lebanese parents Shaker and Raheeja Debaghi. Later, his name would be anglicized to Michael DeBakey and he would become one of the most prominent medical minds of the 20th century. Considered by many to be the greatest surgeon who ever lived, Dr. DeBakey credited much of his surgical success to his Lebanese mother, who taught him to sew and knit.
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Meet Our 2015 Summer Interns

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 15, 2015 in Blog

Every summer, AAI selects a small group of interns from an applicant pool of over 100 undergraduates and recent graduates. Chosen interns are deeply involved in their communities, highly successful in their studies, often speak multiple languages, and demonstrate hard work and enthusiasm in all aspects of their lives. Interns are selected to represent AAI at a variety of organizations in Washington, DC and abroad, ranging from advocacy groups and political parties to members of Congress and government agencies.

We are looking forward to working with...

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Announcing the 2015 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards Recipients

Posted by Joan Hanna on April 24, 2015 in Blog
For the past 16 years, AAIF awards exceptional Arab American students for their leadership and dedication to community service. Helen Abbott is remembered for her lifelong commitment to improving the lives of those around her, including building 22 homes for disadvantaged families in her Fort Pierce, Florida area. She was an unwavering supporter of the Arab American Institute Foundation, and made a donation that was later converted into a youth scholarship in her name.
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AAI Celebrates Black History Month

Posted on February 19, 2015 in Arab American Institute

Throughout the month of February, AAI will be celebrating Black History Month by revisiting the lives and stories of African American leaders in the civil rights movement who paved the way for greater justice and equality.

  A Common Cause: Police Profiling Plagues Arab American and Communities of Color

By Eve Soliman

Winter Intern, 2015

The historic civil rights movement that has seen so much progress continues to be extremely important in pushing for greater equality and confronting societal ills. One of those battles is the use profiling by government law enforcement agencies. Over the...

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Todays Middle East: Pressures and Challenges

Posted on December 15, 2014 in Arab American Institute

Zogby Research Services conducted a November 2014 poll for the Sir Bani Yas Forum, an annual event cohosted by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, "Today's Middle East: Pressures & Challenges," surveyed eight Middle East and North African countries on the emergence of ISIS, the role of the Muslim Brotherhood, the growth of sectarianism, the future of Syria and Iraq, Iran's nuclear program, and more. While the poll confirms many prevailing assumptions about regional outlooks, it reveals some surprising shifts in public opinion. A key finding is that despite deep regional...

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How Stereotypes Gain Their Power: Alsultany on Hollywood’s Arabs and Muslims

Posted by on December 09, 2014 in Blog
By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014 Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, there was an influx in television programs in the United States that focused on the Middle East and included Arab characters. These series, including 24, Homeland, and Tyrant, remain extremely popular with American audiences.
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Turaath: Arab Music from Baghdad to Andalusia

Posted by Shadi Matar on December 08, 2014 in Blog
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee held the Turaath concert last week at the Lincoln Theater in Washington, D.C.. This year's event, "Arab Music from Baghdad to Andalusia" celebrated musical collaborations throughout the world.
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