2016 Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala

Posted on April 18, 2016 in Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala

Join us on April 19th in Washington, DC for our 18th annual Kahlil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Gala.


"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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Posted on November 14, 2015 in Calendar

Click here to read about panels, discussions, and all the candidates that we hosted in Dearborn for our #Yalla2016 leadership conference.


4 Community Leaders in Dearborn Honored at AAI's National Leadership Conference

Posted by Arab American Institute on October 22, 2015 in Blog

Ismael Ahmed, Ali Baleed Almaklani, Joseph Borrajo, and Suzanne Sareini might not be names that you are entirely familiar with, but their stories and their dedication to organizing our community are a major reason behind the successes the Arab American community has had over the past 30 years. As part of AAI's National Leadership Conference, hosted a dinner gala to celebrate their sometimes overlooked work. Ismael Ahmed, who is now the Associate Provost at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, was a founding member of ACCESS in 1971, which under his...

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Arab Americans Organize in Dearborn Ahead of 2016 Elections

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on October 16, 2015 in Blog

The Arab American Institute will convene a 3-day summit in Dearborn, Michigan October 23-25 bringing together Arab American leaders from across the country. This quadrennial summit is held ahead of Presidential election years to provide a forum for presidential candidates to address and hear from the Arab American community, and for our community’s leaders to outline the Arab American platform. 

In the iconic cultural center of the Arab American community, organizers, political activists, students, policy experts, and academic leaders will meet to advance the national dialogue on the domestic and foreign policy priorities particularly affecting Arab Americans.

Over the course...

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Palestinian flag-raising is highlight of heritage week in Paterson

Posted by on May 04, 2015 in News Clips

PATERSON — A throng of more than 600 sang the Palestinian anthem and cheered as the Palestinian flag was raised at Paterson City Hall on Sunday afternoon.

Women garbed in hijabs and embroidered dresses and men in keffiyehs participated in the third annual raising of the green, black, red and white flag, in an event sponsored by the Arab American Civic Organization. The crowd waves Palestinian and American flags as Laila Ghannam, the governor of Ramallah, speaks during the ceremony on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

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Arab American-led initiative promotes Nile River cooperation

Posted by on April 17, 2015 in Blog

By Eve Soliman Winter Intern, 2015

On Monday, March 23rd the leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan signed a preliminary agreement approving Ethiopia’s hydroelectric project and provide the framework principles for building the dam that would impact the entire region. The construction of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam is projected to be completed in 2017 and will cost $4.2 billion dollars.

The dam is designed to generate 6,000 megawatts of clean and sustainable energy for the region and advance Ethiopia’s development. At 1,780 meters wide and 145 meters tall, it will be the largest dam on...

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Unsung Heroes

Posted by on April 02, 2015 in Blog
By Maha Elsamahi Winter Intern, 2015 As Women’s History Month comes to a close, it’s important to remember the women in the Middle East and all over the world who work daily and without fanfare to ensure that their communities are just and peaceful places. When the cameras are off and journalists have moved on to the next story, their work continues�often at great personal risk.
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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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The Arab American Comedy Festival Kicks Off Next Week in NYC

Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Blog

Through comedy, Dean Obeidallah and Maysoon Zayid have not only contributed to changing perceptions about Arab Americans and Muslim Americans, but they've also helped redefine how Arab Americans and Muslim Americans view themselves. Obeidallah and Zaid cofounded the Arab American Comedy Festival in 2003, and since then the festival has gone through a remarkable evolvution. In an interview with Time magazing, Obeidallah reflected on how things have changed, saying the festival's comedians have moved past the  “‘We’re not all terrorists [jokes]’” into something that, years later, is now considered an event that celebrates Arab heritage. “It’s saying,...

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