Salma Hayek receives humanitarian award from Arab American Institute

Posted by Lebanese Examiner on May 01, 2015 in News Clips

April 30, 2015 (WASHINGTON, DC) — Actress and film director Salma Hayek received the “Spirit of Humanity” Kahlil Gibran Award from the Arab American Institute on Thursday during an annual gala in Washington DC honoring successful Arab-Americans.

Hayek returned from a three-day trip to Lebanon on Tuesday, where she launched her new animated film “The Prophet”, which is based on Gibran’s book.

The animated film, which draws on the 1923 book by Lebanese-born writer Kahlil Gibran, tells the story of Almitra, a headstrong girl who forms a friendship with imprisoned poet Mustafa.

The Washington DC ceremony was held at the...

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Ambassador Susan Rice Addresses the Arab American Community

Posted by on May 01, 2015 in Blog

National Security Advisor Susan E. RiceRemarks at the Arab American Institute’s Annual Kahlil Gibran GalaWashington, D.C.Wednesday, April 29, 2015As Prepared

Good evening everyone. It’s wonderful to be back at the Kahlil Gibran Gala. I had the honor of attending five years ago, when I wished the Arab American Institute a happy 25th anniversary. Tonight, I’m proud to extend my best wishes in honor of your 30th year. Should I look forward to seeing you again in 2020?

Thank you, Jim, for that wonderful introduction. Jim is a dear friend, and I have always admired your commitment to our founding ideals—that everyone...

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AAI Celebrates 30 Years at the 2015 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala

Posted by on April 28, 2015 in Blog
Arab Americans from across the country will gather in Washington, DC for the 17th annual Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala and our annual Arab American Leadership Days on Capitol Hill and at the White House on April 29th and 30th. The Gala is our annual celebration of the progress made by our community, and a chance to honor individuals whose work has promoted inclusion, cultural understanding and cooperation across ethnic, racial and religious lines. This year, we are honoring award winning actress and humanitarian Salma Hayek Pinault, NYU President John Sexton, the Honorable Michael Baroody, and Pulitzer prize-winning author and journalist Lawrence Wright.
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John Sexton to receive the Award for Individual Achievement at the 2015 Gibran Awards Gala

Posted by on April 14, 2015 in Blog
“The status quo is not an option. We’re in for what I call a radical restructuring of higher education today.” John Sexton established himself as a pioneer figure in the formation of the Global Network University as the President of New York University. Mr. Sexton helped make the idea of borderless education possible and has made great strides to improve U.S. relations with the rest of the world through the unifying force of education.
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Producer, Actress, and Activist Salma Hayek Pinault to receive Award for Individual Achievement

Posted by on March 12, 2015 in Blog
We established the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards in 1999 to recognize the work of people and institutions that make a difference. The awards embody Gibran’s pride in his Arab heritage and his universal love of humanity.
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2015 Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala Awardees

Posted on February 02, 2015 in Arab American Institute

 2015 Gala Homepage

The Honorable Michael E. Baroody

Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service

Michael Baroody has served his country and his community both as a diligent and valued government servant and as someone who has achieved global recognition for his role in shaping positions of America’s corporations on critical issues. He began his career in the United States Navy, and then entered politics working first for Nebraska Senator Roman Hruska...

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2015 Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala

Posted on January 28, 2015 in Arab American Institute

Wednesday, April 29, 2015Omni Shoreham Hotel2550 Calvert Street, NW Washington, D.C.5:30 Reception

6:30 GalaBlack Tie   Tickets & Sponsorship

2015 Awardees 

 About the Awards   honoring     Michael Baroody Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service  ...

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Together We Came

Posted by on July 01, 2014 in Blog

Rosemary Barkett, the first female judge and the first Arab American judge to serve on the Florida Supreme Court, was born in Mexico in 1939 to Syrian immigrants, Assad and Mariam Barakat. Her rich and diverse background based on a strong family work ethic, has lead Barkett to many incredible “firsts” in her career.

In 1945, Rosemary’s parents moved the family of seven children to Miami, Florida. At the age of six, and without knowing a word of English, Rosemary began school in Miami. Her interest in public service began at a young age when...

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Together We Came

Posted by on June 17, 2014 in Blog

In light of his recent passing, we want to take this time to share how exceptional and dear Casey Kasem was to the heart of the Arab American community. Best known for his radio countdown show American Top 40, disc jockey and radio personality Casey Kasem was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1932 to Lebanese immigrants.

More than an entertainer, AAI President James Zogby reflects, “Casey is more than the most recognized voice of his generation, what he said mattered. He inspired us to be positive, to strive for...

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Together We Came

Posted by on June 05, 2014 in Blog

In celebration of the first annual Immigrant Heritage Month, AAI will highlight outstanding Arab American immigrants and their descendants who have had an indelible impact on the vibrancy of our nation. From creating the first artificial heart to sending the first shuttle into space, the Arab American community has been an important part of American growth and success. The portraits of Arab Americans shared here will remind us that the United States is a nation defined by our diversity and the contributions of countless immigrants from all over the world.

Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese...

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