Arabic Food is Culture, Resistance and Home

Posted by Guest on March 02, 2017 in Blog

By Raneem Alkhatib The Middle East Institute’s Art and Culture Program held an event on March 1 titled, “Food for Humanity.” MEI coined the event as a conversation “about the political, emotional and symbolic significance of food for displaced and diaspora communities.” The panel included Laila El-Haddad, Michel Moushabeck, Hazami Sayed, and Honey Al Sayed as the moderator. Food in the Arab world goes beyond just sustenance. It’s a vital characteristic of Arab culture and is heavily incorporated in traditional...

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The Origin of the #YallaVote Campaign's Ammu Sam

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on October 07, 2016 in Blog

Growing up in the shadow of 9/11 was not easy, especially as a young Arab American and an American Muslim. Popular culture, the news media and the like all told me that my existence as an Arab American was a discrepancy, an oxymoron. How could I be an Arab and an American? An American and a Muslim? These questions often dizzied my young head as a I struggled to understand what it means to be an American of non-European descent. As I began my digital media work with...

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Together We Came: Jamie Farr

Posted by Hannah Locop on June 28, 2016 in Blog

A veteran of American television, Jamie Farr entertained audiences as a homesick Army Corporal in the 1970s television series M*A*S*H. Born Jameel Yusuf Abud Farah in Toledo, Ohio, Farr is one of many Arab Americans who have graced both the silver and the small screen. Raised in a Lebanese community, Farr is not only proud of his heritage, but he makes sure to incorporate his own life experiences into his work.   Farr’s mother, Jamelia Maalouli Abidili Abud Farah, was a seamstress. His father, Saleem Abud Farah owned...

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Dangerously Funny Arab Americans

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on June 26, 2016 in Blog

Join us for a one-time-only comedy experience for RNC delegates as we use humor to break down cultural barriers and humanize ethnic and religious minorities. By coming together to laugh, we are laying the groundwork for dialogue that celebrates our commonalities rather than exploiting differences. CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR THE COMEDY SHOW

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Together We Came: Robert George AKA the White House Santa

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on June 12, 2016 in Blog

For many, Christmas represents a time of hope and joy, and for those who knew Robert George, Christmas did not just come once a year. Born in 1924 to Lebanese parents, George was inspired with a vision in 1949 to “become Santa Claus”. When he moved to Los Angeles a few years later, George transformed his home into a year-round Christmas display, decked with Styrofoam snow, twinkling lights, a toy train, and thousands of donated toys. In 1956, word of George’s Christmas “Dreamland” reached President Eisenhower...

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Together We Came: Diana Al-Hadid

Posted by Hannah Locop on June 07, 2016 in Blog

Source: A Brooklyn-based artist, Diana Al-Hadid was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1981. At the age of five, her family immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio. The daughter of a florist and an insurance agent, Al-Hadid pursued a BFA at Kent State University and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She later attended the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Al-Hadid uses a variety of materials such as polymer...

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Together We Came: Rami Malek

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on June 05, 2016 in Blog

Capturing American audiences as Elliot Alderson in the “compulsively watchable” TV series, Mr. Robot, Rami Malek was born in Los Angeles to Egyptian parents. Malek cherishes his connection to the Arab world and his ability to advance the representation of Arab Americans on television and in the movies. He has received critical acclaim for his performance as a paranoid cyber hacker on Mr. Robot. After the series’ first season, Malek won “Best Actor in a Drama Series” at the Critics’ Choice Award and was nominated for a number of other awards, including a Golden Globe,...

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Muhammad Ali: The Loss of a Champion

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on June 04, 2016 in Blog
As the world mourns the passing of civil rights icon and world-renowned athlete, Muhammad Ali, AAI President, James Zogby, remembered some of the special moments Ali shared with our community...
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Remembering Clovis Maksoud

Posted by James Zogby on May 16, 2016 in Blog
Clovis Maksoud was an Arab nationalist, par excellence. He was giant intellect who taught generations of Arabs and Arab Americans the importance of transcending sectarian and country-specific particularities and finding common ground in a shared Arab identity.
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"Voices from the Holy Land": A Series on Palestine and Israel

Posted by Meredith Pahowka on April 04, 2016 in Blog

A free film series organized by more than 20 religious groups of Christians, Jews, and Muslims began Sunday, April 3rd, in the Washington, DC area. The series, entitled “Voices from the Holy Land”, will show films every Sunday for five weeks and explore the complex issues preventing peace in Israel and Palestine. Allan Kellum, one of the organizers, says that the films and audience discussions that will follow each film are “aimed at humanizing the conflict and adding to our understanding of its tragic causes.” See...

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