Writing the Soundtrack to Social Change

Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Blog
By Margaret Lowry Arab American singer, songwriter and activist Stephan Said, welcomed as “this generation’s Woody Guthrie” by Billboard Magazine, has been favorably compared by critics to Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Bob Marley. Born to an Iraqi father and Austrian mother, Said’s own amalgam of cultures inspired his musical sound which mixes genres, instruments, and even languages.
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Community Screening of Oscar Nominated Film “The Square”

Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Blog
Big news: The Square, a documentary film directed by Arab American filmmaker Jahane Noujaim about the Egyptian revolution, has been nominated for an Oscar! There is still time for you to join us tomorrow for a special screening of the film on its DC premiere. To celebrate the film and its director, we are hosting an Arab American community screening of the film, and we invite you to attend as our guest. We have bought out the entire theater so you can come join us, talk to Jehane and celebrate the film with fellow community members. The screening is free of charge, but there are very few seats left, so RSVP now.
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One Step at a Time—the Gabr Fellows’ Story

Posted on November 25, 2013 in Washington Watch
In the midst of the confusion and uncertainty that characterizes current US-Egypt relations and with American and Egyptian attitudes toward each other having plummeted to all-time lows, I recently had the opportunity to participate in a "little" gem of a project that shows a way forward. Last month, twenty American and Egyptian young professionals visited the US as part of a program sponsored by the Shafik Gabr Foundation. This group of Gabr Fellows was evenly divided between nationals from both countries and included artists, academics, and specialists in fields ranging from law to energy.
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Celebrating The Gabr Fellowship’s Inaugural Class

Posted by on October 31, 2013 in Blog
Yesterday at an event honoring the inaugural class of The Gabr Fellowship, US and Foreign Diplomats, members of Congress, and leading Middle East experts had a chance to hear first-hand from the Gabr Fellows about their experiences traveling to Egypt and the US. The Gabr Fellowship is a group of 22 emerging leaders from across Egypt and the US. - 10 Egyptians and 12 Americans.
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Gabr Fellows Sit Down with HuffPost Live

Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Blog

By Marc Sabbagh Fall Intern, 2013


Four participants of the inaugural class of Shafik Gabr Fellows sat down with HuffPost Live yesterday to talk about the prestigious program and their misconceptions and newfound realizations about the United States and Egypt. The fellowship incorporates discussion sessions, action projects and trips to Egypt and the United States. Back in June, the 10 American fellows visited Egypt, all for the first time.

“I never knew the depth of Egyptian history and how much contribution they made to the world. In the discussions with my friends, [we saw the desire] to...

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Gabr Fellowship Brings Together Egyptian and American Leaders to Listen, Engage and Impact

Posted by on October 21, 2013 in Blog

By Marc Sabbagh Fall Intern, 2013

With a foot in two countries and knowledge of the inner workings of politics in two regions, Arab Americans uniquely understand that dialogue, discussion and engagement are necessary tools in improving the poor state of U.S.-Arab affairs and bridging the divide between two seemingly different regions and cultures.

On Saturday, AAI President James Zogby conveyed a message his mother taught him to 22 young professionals from the United States and Egypt. He said: “If you want someone to listen to you, listen to them first.” The young leaders Dr. Zogby addressed...

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“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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