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...Read more
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...Read more
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 / email@example.com Arab Americans Honor Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya Presentation to be Made at 2017 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards
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Posted on April 11, 2017 in Press Releases
ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOUNDATION FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 10, 2017 Contact: Jennifer Salan, 202-429-9210 / firstname.lastname@example.org Arab Americans Honor Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya Presentation to be Made at 2017 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards...Read more
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.
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...Read more
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. ...Read more
Posted by Arab American Institute on March 14, 2017 in Blog
For the past 60 years, The Arc has played a vital role in fostering and maintaining advocacy by and for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 1950, a small group of parents came together with the goal of altering perceptions of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to ensure their own children would lead fulfilling lives. Since then, the organization has grown from a handful of dedicated individuals to a nationwide presence and a vital resource driving employment and health initiatives, public policy development, and critical...Read more
Posted by Maha Elsamahi on March 13, 2017 in Blog
For the past 19 years, the Arab American Institute Foundation has hosted the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards every spring to recognize the cultural, political, and civic achievements of the Arab American Community. Since its inception, AAIF has honored individuals and institutions who represent the very best of the arts, sciences, politics, and business. Named in honor of the great poet who hailed from Lebanon, the gala seeks to pay tribute to Gibran’s legacy of love, tolerance, and generosity by honoring those in our community and beyond who embody these values.
Posted by Arab American Institute on March 08, 2017 in Blog
From his earliest ventures, Hamdi Ulukaya’s career has been defined by visionary thinking and courageous action. Raised in a small village in eastern Turkey, he came to the United States in 1994 to study English. Seeing the shortage of options for the wholesome foods of his native country, Mr. Ulukaya launched his now-famed yogurt company, Chobani, in 2007 with the help of loans from the Small Business Administration. Within five years, Chobani’s sales exceeded more than $1 billion annually. Demonstrating profound support for the betterment of...Read more