Arab Americans Honor Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukayu, Arc of the US, Biden Intiative's Greg Simon, journalist Steve Coll & artist Kamal Boullata

Posted on April 24, 2017 in Press Releases

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOUNDATION For immediate release: Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210 Arab Americans Celebrate Legacy of Kahlil Gibran with Spirit of Humanity Awards 19th Annual Event Honors: Hamdi Ulukaya, The Arc of the U.S., Greg Simon, Steve Coll & Kamal Boullata April 24, 2017 (Washington) – On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the Arab American community will honor the legacy of author and poet Kahlil Gibran during the 19th annual Spirit of Humanity Awards. Through the event, Arab Americans recognize individuals, corporations, organizations and communities whose work, commitment and support make a difference in promoting coexistence...

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The 2017 Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala

Posted on April 23, 2017 in Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala

Join us on April 27th in Washington, DC for our 19th annual Kahlil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Gala.


Blytheville native to receive major award

Posted by Blytheville Courier on April 21, 2017 in News Clips

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Arab American Greg Simon will accept the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service at the 19th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards in Washington, DC.

Jennifer Salan, Communications Director of aaiusa.org said that Simon, originally from Blytheville and born into a long family history in the community, will be receiving a “major award” for his commitment to public service. He is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Biden Cancer Initiative. His family came from Georgia and settled in Blytheville and...

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Sen. Klobuchar & NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin join #GibranGala

Posted by Arab American Institute on April 19, 2017 in Blog

AAI is proud to announce two additions to the 2017 Khalil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards program! We are honored to have MSNBC News Anchor and NBC News Foreign Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin acting as Master of Ceremonies and Senator Amy Klobuchar as presenter of the Institutional Excellence Award for The Arc.  Ayman Mohyeldin has enjoyed a distinguished and exciting career in journalism. He began his career as a desk assistant at NBC’s Washington, DC bureau. His language skills and knowledge of the Arab world quickly became an invaluable asset...

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Announcing #GibranGala Awardee Kamal Boullata, Renowned Palestinian Artist

Posted by Arab American Institute on April 12, 2017 in Blog

Join us at this year’s Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards, as we honor and celebrate the work of the remarkable Palestinian artist, Kamal Boullata. We are especially proud to have Kamal with us because we know that 2017 marks 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, an agreement by foreign powers that resulted in the eventual dispossession of indigenous Palestinians. It is also the 70th anniversary of the partition of Palestine. And in just a few short months, it will be 50 years since the...

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Press Release: Arab Americans Honor Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya

Posted by Arab American Institute on April 11, 2017 in Blog

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOUNDATION FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       April 10, 2017                                                                              Contact: Jennifer Salan, 202-429-9210 / jsalan@aaiusa.org  Arab Americans Honor Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya Presentation to be Made at 2017 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards

April 10,...

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Arab Americans Honor Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya

Posted on April 11, 2017 in Press Releases

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOUNDATION FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       April 10, 2017                                                                              Contact: Jennifer Salan, 202-429-9210 / jsalan@aaiusa.org  Arab Americans Honor Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya Presentation to be Made at 2017 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards...

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#GibranGala Artwork: Celebrating a Legacy

Posted by Guest on March 27, 2017 in Blog

By Samantha Leathley From the very beginning, AAIF has worked with the Kahlil Gibran Memorial Foundation to ensure his legacy continues to grow. In addition to his unparalleled poetry, his lush illustrations and artwork have played a prominent role in both the gala itself and its production. Generously provided to us by his cousin, Gibran’s “The Enchanted Forest” illustration has been featured on our invitations, programs, and website, imbuing the annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards with a sense of rich history.

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#GibranGala Awardee Greg Simon Talks Collaboration, History, Refugees and Cancer

Posted by Guest on March 24, 2017 in Blog

By Samantha Leathley Ahead of the 2017 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards, we sat down with Greg Simon, who will receive the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service on April 27, to discuss his career and family history. Simon, who worked at the forefront of developing some of our country’s most groundbreaking health and science policies, spent time early in his career as the General Counsel and Staff Director of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee of the...

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2X Pulitzer winner Steve Coll to Receive #GibranGala Award

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 22, 2017 in Blog

Steve Coll’s incisive reporting has taken him around the world and garnered two Pulitzers. 

Mr. Coll began his career as a general assignment feature writer for the Style section of the Washington Post in 1985. Since then he has reported from frontlines across the globe, covering corruption in South Asia; big oil’s influence on American policy; and the political developments in Afghanistan over the past quarter century. In 1990, he earned his first Pulitzer while working as the Post’s financial correspondent on Wall Street for a series on the Securities and Exchange Commission. ...

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