University of Iowa Creative Writing Program Brings Together Arab and American Students

Posted by on June 20, 2013 in Blog
By: Raouia Briki Summer 2013 Intern The University of Iowa will host students from the Arab world and Russia for a two weeks for “Between The Lines,” a creative writing program from June 22 to July 16. Since 2008, it has become a tradition for Iowa, the only UNESCO city for literature, to bring together talented young people from the Arab world, Russia and the US to enhance their creative writing skills and learn about each other’s cultures and literatures.
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Do you know your Arab American actors? Maeby Not.

Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Blog
By: Margaret Lowry Summer 2013 Intern With last month’s release on Netflix of season 4 of the former Fox cult comedy Arrested Development, buzz about the show has flooded twitter feeds, Facebook pages and pop culture blogs. One fact that might have escaped your notice is that Alia Shawkat, who plays Maeby F�nke, the smart and rebellious niece of Michael Bluth, is Arab American.
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Copts and Queens

Posted by on June 17, 2013 in Blog

By: Alexander MatikaSummer 2013 Intern

“You feel much more like you’re in Egypt now,” said Father Michael Sorial, a priest at St. Mary and St. Antonios Coptic Orthodox Church in Ridgewood, Queens, New York City. After the ousting of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on February 11, 2011 and the ensuing power vacuum, Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Christians have been migrating to the United States in large numbers. In 2012, 2,882 Egyptians were given asylum—9.8 percent of all individuals granted asylum—up from 1,026 in 2011 and 531 in 2010, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s...

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From the Rubble: A Cornerstone for Cross-Cultural Understanding

Posted by on June 12, 2013 in Blog
By: Alexander Matika Summer 2013 Intern On a dusty morning in 2002, during the early stages of the 9/11 recovery operation, rescue workers miraculously discovered a church cornerstone among the ruins of the World Trade Center’s South Tower. Dating to the beginning of the 20th century, the stone was from St. Joseph’s Maronite Church, originally on Washington Street in lower Manhattan, then relocated a few blocks to the northeast to Cedar Street.
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Remembering Alixa Naff: “The Mother” of Arab American Studies

Posted by on June 06, 2013 in Blog
Alixa Naff, considered “the mother” of Arab American Studies, established the Faris and Yamna Naff Arab American Collection at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. In the summer of 1962, she traveled the United States in a blue Volkswagon beetle, known as “the camel,” conducting oral interviews with the first generations of Arab American immigrants and collecting their photographs and artifacts.
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A Milestone in Palestinian Cinema: “Omar” Wins Acclaim at Cannes Film Festival

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Blog
By: Margaret Lowry Summer 2013 Intern “Omar,” the new film from Palestinian writer and director Hany Abu-Assad (“Paradise Now”) won the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section this past weekend at the Cannes Film Festival. The film follows the experiences of its titular character, a young freedom fighter kept away from his secret love Nadia by separation barriers.
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When Music and Politics Interlock

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Blog
By Raouia Briki Summer 2013 Intern Since its start two years ago, the Arab uprising has inspired many artists. Last year, MIT’s wind ensemble performed the premiere concert of a three-movement work called “Awakening: Evoking the Arab Spring through Music”. The piece was composed by MIT alumnus and artist Jamshield Sharifi and led by MIT wind ensemble director Frederick Harris. This documentary concert performance will premier on WGBH Boston (PBS) on Friday, May 31 at 10:30pm.
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Polyphony Performs at the Arab American Institute

Posted by on May 09, 2013 in Blog
By Jade Zoghbi The foundation established programs for Israeli, Palestinian, and Arab nationals to create music, build friendships, and learn how to harmonize their voices. http://www.aaiusa.org/page/-/Images/blog/Yamen_Saadi2.jpg
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New York Venue Hosts “Little Syria” Community Exhibit

Posted by on May 02, 2013 in Blog
Tonight will be the opening reception of an exhibition in downtown New York featuring the life and culture of the "Little Syria" community that once inhabited Lower Manhattan.
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A Major Milestone for Arab American News Media

Posted by on April 03, 2013 in Blog

Osama Siblani, founder of the Michigan-based Arab American News, will be inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame on April 20th at its annual banquet.  Arab American News is the largest weekly Arab American publication in the country, with a circulation of roughly 35,000. Founded in 1984, Arab American News covers a wide range of issues of concern to the Arab American community, including local community news, Middle East developments, and US national news.  

Siblani will be inducted on April 20th along with recently-retired Detroit Metro Times editor Kim Heron and former...

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