Together We Came: Senator George J. Mitchell

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 23, 2015 in Blog
Senator George Mitchell, lived a true immigrant experience. Born to Lebanese parents with little education but strong morals and determination, he was encouraged to get an education and work towards the American dream. Years later, he would become the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, help broker peace in Northern Ireland, and serve as the U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace. He would be nominated for a Nobel peace prize, receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and receive an honorary knighthood from the United Kingdom.
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In the Headlines: AAI’s 2015 Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala

Posted by Waseem Mardini on May 28, 2015 in Blog

Last week the Arab American Institute celebrated 30 years of political empowerment of the Arab American community at the seventeenth annual Kahlil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Gala. Over 700 guests were present and the event garnered coverage from a diverse array of media outlets.  Much of the coverage highlighted Individual Achievement awardee Salma Hayek Pinault. 

Ms. Hayek only started her foray into social media a few short weeks ago with new Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. The night's events certainly gave @SelmaHayek a big social media boost and the hashtag "#GibranGala"...

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In the Headlines: AAI’s 2015 Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Blog
Last week the Arab American Institute celebrated 30 years of political empowerment of the Arab American community at the seventeenth annual Kahlil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Gala. Over 700 guests were present and the event garnered coverage from a diverse array of media outlets.
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Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala

Posted on May 20, 2015 in Programs

In 1999, AAIF established the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards to recognize those whose commitment to our common humanity is a living reflection of the spirit the great Lebanese-American poet.


PBS “To the Contrary” Interview with Salma Hayek Pinault and AAI President Jim Zogby

Posted by PBS on May 06, 2015 in News Clips

Bonnie Erbe, the host of the PBS program "To the Contrary" sat down with Salma Hayek Pinault to discuss her activism on improving the lives women and girls around the world, and her pride in her Arab heritage. 

To watch the clip click here:

https://youtu.be/-uWbgoFGgTM?t=930

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Originally Lebanese Salma Hayek: ‘I’m proud of my people’

Posted by Al Arabiya on May 04, 2015 in News Clips

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/webtv/reports/2015/04/30/Salma-Hayek.html

U.S. Hollywood star Salma Hayek told Al Arabiya News in an interview this week that she was “proud” of the Lebanese people for taking in some 1.2 million Syrian refugees, despite decades of animosity between the two countries.

“I have to say that I’m extra proud because the Syrians could be considered as their enemies, or were once because of the war, and I’m very proud that my people give an example and [have] opened their doors even to those who they’ve been in conflict with, because of their humanity and their generosity,” the 48-year-old...

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Susan Rice Expects New Israeli Coalition To Recommit to 2-State Solution

Posted by AAI on May 04, 2015 in News Clips

The Obama administration expects a commitment to the two-state solution from the next Israeli government and from the Palestinian Authority, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said.

“President Obama has made clear that we need to take a hard look at our approach to the conflict, and that resolving it is in the national security interest of the United States,” Rice said Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Arab American Institute.

“We look to the next Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority to demonstrate — through policies and actions — a genuine commitment to a two-state solution,” she said. Obama...

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A Night to Remember

Posted on May 04, 2015 in Washington Watch

Our annual Kahlil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Dinner serves as a reminder of why we do the work we do. It speaks to us of the goals we've set for ourselves, the progress we've made, and the challenges we continue to face.

Thirty years ago, when we launched the Arab American Institute, the political forces that fought to marginalize our community were stronger than our efforts to be included. Our history and culture were denigrated; our organized efforts were excluded from mainstream political activity and discourse; and, all too often, simply being identified as an Arab American was considered...

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Salma Hayek Pinault Honors the Spirit of Kahlil Gibran and Celebrates her Arab Heritage

Posted by Waseem Mardini on May 01, 2015 in Blog
Award-winning actor and activist Salma Hayek Pinault received the Award for Individual Achievement for her tireless work to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide. In an interview with Al Arabiya, Ms. Hayek said she was honored to receive this award from the Arab American Institute and spoke of the importance of reminding people of "the tremendous contributions that the Arab American community" has made to the United States. Taking to the stage at the 2015 Kahlil Gibran Gala on April 29 in Washington, DC, Salma began by speaking of her heritage beginning in Mexico. Her birthplace Coatzacoalcos in the Mexican state of Veracruz, was home to communities with roots in the Middle East including her paternal grandparents who are Lebanese. Salma said she was raised to be proud of her Arab heritage.
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Salma Hayek receives Spirit of Humanity award

Posted by Mid-Day on May 01, 2015 in News Clips

Hayek was recognised in the Individual Achievement category for her role as producer of the animated film "The Prophet", inspired by Khalil Gibran's book.

"I'm a citizen of the world, and my country is humanity, kids are poets from the moment they're born; they get Gibran's message without thinking about the meaning of individual words," Hayek said during the award ceremony here on Wednesday, reports Efe.

The institute highlighted the Salma Hayek Foundation's work to end violence against women and attract global attention to humanitarian crises.

In Gibran's "The Prophet" nine directors interpret the work of the poet from Lebanon....

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