Summer Reading Recommendations

Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Blog
If you’re looking for new books to read this summer, the Arab American Museum has just announced the winners of their 2012 Arab American Book Awards. Winners are chosen in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, and all authors will be honored in a special ceremony on September 29th at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn.
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DC International Human Rights Film Festival This Week

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Blog

From May 14th – 17th, the American Islamic Congress will once again host the DC International Human Rights Film Festival to show and discuss films on pressing social and civic issues from around the globe. Initially founded as the DC Muslim Film Festival, the event has expanded into one that offers annual free film screenings on human rights topics from countries and communities the world over. The goal of the festival is to “highlight international human rights issues and build understanding between cultures, exposing audiences to under-reported human rights challenges and underscore the universality of individual rights.”

This year’s films...

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“Adeela” - An American Story

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Blog
The most effective way to dispel misconceptions, break down barriers and expose injustices facing any community or group of people is to tell individual, real life stories - stories of sacrifice, hardship and triumph. And that is precisely what a young group of filmmakers are trying to do with their new and inspiring film, “Adeela.”
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Smithsonian, Arab American National Museum tell the Story of America’s Diversity

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Blog

On April 25, the Arab American National Museum was a part of a national discussion on the role that “culturally specific” or “ethnic” museums play in the United States. Helen Samhan, who is a founding member of AAI and the current Senior Outreach Advisor for the Museum, was invited to participate in a day-long symposium hosted by the Smithsonian Institution. The symposium, called “(Re)Presenting America: The Evolution of Culturally Specific Museums,” sought to address the debate on whether these museums serve to divide the nation along ethnic lines or whether they instead offer a more thorough look at...

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Middle East Film & Comic-Con - A Pop Cross-Culture Event

Posted by on May 07, 2012 in Blog

By Merik Tadros

April 2012 in Dubai will go down in history, for an amazing event has taken place. American Superheroes found their way to the Arabian Peninsula & were welcomed with open arms. I had the great honor of being a part of this momentous occasion as I debuted my graphic novel, River Jordan, in Arabic. It was first introduced in English in my hometown of Chicago at C2E2 around the same time last year. The book was well received, even though to my surprise, Arabs themselves prefer to read comics in English. Ben Caddy,...

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Palestinian American Novelist Explores Her Peoples’ Legacy

Posted by on April 27, 2012 in Blog
By Jeffrey Wright When Susan Abulhawa’s novel Mornings in Jenin (originally titled The Scar of David) was published in the US in 2010, it created significant attention. Though the novel received generally positive reviews, some objected to its frank descriptions of one Palestinian family’s years of suffering after the establishment of Israel in 1948.
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Rami Kashou - Palestinian American Fashion Designer

Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Blog
By Dalal Hillou There’s a good chance that you may have, in your lifetime, seen a Rami Kashou gown. You may have seen it within the pages of Vogue, Elle or In Style. You may have seen photos of stylish celebrities wearing timeless pieces by him, or you may have tuned in to watch Rami on the hit show “Project Runway” in past seasons. In all these settings, he has stood out as a Palestinian designer whose gorgeous designs are one of a kind.
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Nancy Alhabashi - A Palestinian American Poet and Painter

Posted by on April 11, 2012 in Blog
By Dalal Hillou A year ago at the Atlanta Arab Festival, I came across an art display that took my breath away. It was there that I met Palestinian artist Nancy Alhabashi, whose art and poetry is a seamless blend of East meets West.
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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Eric Treene, Hind Khoury, Rashid Ghazi, Kathy Kiely

Posted on September 09, 2011 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Air Date: 9/8/2011 Eric Treene, Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination at the U.S. Department of Justice; Hind Khoury, Former Ambassador of Palestine to France; Rashid Ghazi, Director of the new film Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football; Kathy Kiely, Managing Editor of Politics for the National Journal
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Al-Houby is First Arab Woman to Reach Peak of Mount Everest

Posted by on August 04, 2011 in Blog
"I will never forget the moment when my dream became reality, when I saw the prayer flags flapping in the thin air, marking the summit of the greatest mountain on earth"
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