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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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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