“Arab American Stories”: Tell Us What You Think

Posted by on September 17, 2013 in Blog

By Dena Elian Fall Intern, 2013

Over the weekend, dozens of viewers attended a special screening of two episodes of the PBS series Arab American Stories hosted by WHUT, Howard University’s public television station. The 13-part series is a joint effort between co-producers Detroit Public Television and ADC president Warren David.

Each roughly half-hour-long episode features three short documentaries that detail the hardships and accomplishments of different Arab Americans. Among the thirty-nine people highlighted throughout the series are actors, civic and community leaders, legendary journalists, authors, entrepreneurs, fashion designers, teachers, musicians, and...

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Four Arab American Comedians Doing Big Things

Posted by on August 13, 2013 in Blog
By Lama Al-ArianSummer 2013 Intern In the past decade, there has been a strong emergence of Arab American comedians who are working to dispel stereotypes and tackle misrepresentations of Arabs and Muslims through satire and humor. From comedy tours to Hollywood films, they are making important inroads in changing the way many Americans with false perceptions of our community view Arabs and Muslims. There are far more Arab Americans comedians doing excellent work, but here are short profiles on four we have been following lately.
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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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When profiling becomes a real menace to society

Posted by Chicago Tribune on April 24, 2013 in News Clips

Some media found the possibility that foreign terrorists bombed the Boston Marathon to be too tantalizing of an explanation to pass up, even when it snares the wrong suspects.

On the day of the Boston Marathon bombings, for example, the New York Post proudly presented a scoop that misidentified an injured "Saudi national" as a terror suspect. By the next day, authorities confirmed that the badly burned man actually was a witness, not a suspect. Sorry about that.

Online vigilantism ran so wild on the Reddit online link-sharing community that its general manager Erik Martin issued...

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Arab American on Boston Marathon: “Everyone in This Room Is Holding Their Breath”

Posted by Mother Jones on April 17, 2013 in News Clips

From House oversight committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to Sara El-Amine, the national director of President Obama's political nonprofit, Organizing for Action, the Arab American community can count the Obama administration's closest political allies and enemies among their number. Both were present Tuesday night as the Arab American elite gathered to celebrate their accomplishments at a black-tie event hosted by the Arab-American Institute in Washington, DC. Yet through the revelry and clinking of glasses, and the cheerful chitchat in English and Arabic, the terrifying attack in Boston cast a shadow over the evening.  

Veteran CNN and ABC News journalist Christiane Amanpour was there to...

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Amanpour to Receive Inaugural AAIF Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism

Posted on April 15, 2013 in Press Releases

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Amanpour to Receive Inaugural AAIF Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism

Washington, DC – April 11, 2013 – The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) will honor Christiane Amanpour with the inaugural Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism next Tuesday, April 16th at the fifteenth annual Kahlil Gibran “Sprit of Humanity” Awards Gala in Washington, DC. The Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism isnamed for the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony Shadid who tragically passed away last year. The Anthony Shadid award honors those whose coverage of the Arab world or the...

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Countdown to Gibran

Posted on April 09, 2013 in Countdown

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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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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