Countdown to Gibran

Posted on April 09, 2013 in Countdown

Ralph Nader Receives the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service

Posted by on April 09, 2013 in Blog

By Jade Zoghbi

Spring 2013 Intern

Next Tuesday, the Arab American Institute Foundation will honor the extraordinary career and contributions of Ralph Nader during the annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards. Nader will receive the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service in recognition of his groundbreaking work on behalf of the American public.

“Time called Ralph one of the 100 most influential Americans of the Century,” says AAI President Jim Zogby. “It’s absolutely true. He may not have invented ‘consumer rights,’ but he’s the reason most Americans know those rights exist.

Nader was born in...

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Casey Kasem: Gibran Individual Achievement Award Recipient

Posted by on April 02, 2013 in Blog
By Jade Zoghbi Kemal Amen Kasem, better known as Casey Kasem, is the recipient of the 2013 Award for Individual Achievement at this year’s Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala on April 16.
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Arab American Awards Gala Honors Christiane Amanpour, Ralph Nader and Others

Posted on March 28, 2013 in Press Releases

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Arab American Institute Foundation Gala Honors Christiane Amanpour,Children's Defense Fund & Marian Wright Edelman, Casey Kasem and Ralph NaderAmanpour to Receive Inaugural Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism   

Washington, DC – March 28 – The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) will hold its fifteenth annual Kahlil Gibran “Sprit of Humanity” Awards Gala on Tuesday, April 16th in Washington, DC. For fourteen years, the Gibran awards have recognized individuals, organizations, and corporations whose work reflects the ideals of the great Lebanese-American poet by promoting inclusion, cooperation and greater understanding among people...

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Gibran Awardee Profile: Children’s Defense Fund & Marian Wright Edelman

Posted by on March 27, 2013 in Blog
By Jade Zoghbi Marian Wright Edelman is the founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), a 40-year old organization dedicated to promoting social justice and advocating for disadvantaged and children and families.
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Kahlil Gibran Award Recipient: Christiane Amanpour

Posted by on March 15, 2013 in Blog
By Jade Zoghbi This year, Christiane Amanpour will receive the Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism.
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Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala

Posted on November 28, 2012 in Arab American Institute

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 JW Marriott Hotel 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 5:30 Reception

6:30 Gala Black Tie   Tickets & Sponsorship

Hotel Information

2013 Gala Support

2013 Awardees   honoring  

Christiane Amanpour

Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism 

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2012 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala

Posted on May 22, 2012 in Arab American Institute

The Arab American Institute Foundation’s fourteenth annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala was held in Washington, DC on April 18, 2012. More than 500 people—Ambassadors from throughout the Arab world, members of Congress and the Obama Administration, leaders of national NGOs and community organizations, business leaders from around the globe—all friends and supporters of the AAI Foundation and of the Arab American community, came together to celebrate the accomplishments of the evening’s honorees.

At the heart of the Gala was a tribute to two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Shadid, whose February 2012 passing in Syria struck a fierce...

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In Honor of Kahlil Gibran: Comedians, Public Servants Earn Honors

Posted by Middle East Voices on April 26, 2012 in News Clips

Since 1999, a unique awards program created by the Washington-based Arab American Institute (AAI) has thrived by awarding individuals embodying the ideals of Lebanese – American poet Khalil Gibran and his love for humanity, equality and better understanding between East and west.

Gibran’s famous 1923 book, The Prophet, reflects his commitment to better understanding and tolerance among racial, ethnic, and religious communities. The winners of this year’s Gibran Awards continue to embody the poet’s ideals.

The Gibran Award for Institutional Excellence was given to Southern Poverty Law Center, established in Alabama in 1971 and had championed the efforts...

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Big Ideas Podcast with Susan Yackee: The Legacy Of Khalil Gibran

Posted by Middle East Voices on April 25, 2012 in News Clips

Khalil Gibran is often called one of the greatest thinkers of all time.  The Lebanese American poet and artist is revered for his insight into the soul of mankind.  On today’s “Big Ideas” we look at the “big ideas” of Gibran.  V-O-A’s Susan Yackee speaks with Professor Suheil Bushrui of the University of Maryland, who has written extensively about Gibran.  She also chats with Correspondent Mohamed Elshinnawi and Middle East Voices Managing Editor Davin Hutchins about the Arab American Institute issuing the Khalil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards.  Delve into the thinking and the legacy of Khalil Gibran on “Big...

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