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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“Know Thy Heritage” Reconnects Palestinian American Youth With Ancestral Homeland

Posted by on March 29, 2013 in Blog
This summer, the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation will be hosting a “Know Thy Heritage” leadership program in Palestine to “preserve the Arab Palestinian heritage, to connect youth of Palestinian ancestry, who live in the United States and elsewhere, with their roots in Palestine, and highlight Palestine as part of the Holy Land.”
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Food for Thought: The Unique Cuisine of Gaza

Posted by on March 29, 2013 in Blog
By Jade Zoghbi On Tuesday March 26th, Just World Press published a cookbook named “The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey.” This cookbook demonstrates how a complex and rich culture is connected to all aspects of food production--the Israeli siege, shortages of product movement across borders, scarcity in farming and fishing opportunities, and insufficient electricity and water.
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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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Dunya Mikhail: Iraq Revisited

Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Blog
By Jennine Vari Through Mikhail's poetry, we can begin to understand how a war that is so alien to many Americans, affects the lives of those who are forced to relive it every day.
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Call for Arab American Poetry Submissions

Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Blog
The Arab American Institute is helping to collect Arab American poems for an upcoming poetry anthology on the universal struggle for equality, human rights, and survival.
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Mamilla Cemetery: Moving Beyond Conflict at the International Poetry Festival

Posted by on March 07, 2013 in Blog
By Jade Zoghbi There are numerous vulnerable cultural sites that carry a deep national meaning and history. Many of these are now facing imminent destruction. The preservation of the ancient Mamilla cemetery is one such place.
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Doris Bittar: Preserving and Merging Identities In Patterns

Posted by on March 01, 2013 in Blog
By Jade Zoghbi Doris Bittar, a lecturer at the University of California, San Diego, is a Lebanese artist who was born in Baghdad, Iraq and immigrated at a young age to the United States from Beirut, Lebanon. Her journey of relocating, like most people and immigrants, she has experienced the weight of finding meaning for herself in the multiple cultures which have defined her over the years.
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Sabras: Palestine Through Another Lens

Posted by on February 28, 2013 in Blog
By Jennine Vari Leeor Kaufman is a Brooklyn-based photographer from Israel, who began documenting the daily lives of Palestinian villagers and took a particular interest in a small village in the West Bank called Wadi Fuqin.
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What citizenship does it take to get to the Oscar Nominations?

Posted by on February 22, 2013 in Blog
By Jade Zoghbi Emad Burnat, his wife Soraya, and their son Gibreel were on their way to Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony when the family was stopped and threatened to be sent back home from the Los Angeles International Airport.
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