The Human Factor: A Message of Reconciliation, Tolerance and Peace

Posted by on February 06, 2013 in Blog
By Jade Zoghbi On February 6, 2013, representatives from the The Parents Circle-Families Forum, the Alliance for the Middle East Peace, and The Telos Group took part in an important hill briefing.
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Naomi Shihab Nye: A Wandering Poet, Bridging Identities

Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Blog
By Jade Zoghbi Artist Naomi Shihab Nye makes sense of the world within and the communities in which she is immersed through the art of poetry.
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Arab American National Museum Holds Exhibit in Jacksonville, FL

Posted by on December 10, 2012 in Blog

By Jennine Vari

Fall 2012 Intern

This Saturday the Patriots and Peacemakers traveling exhibit will finish its visit to Jacksonville, Florida. The exhibit was presented at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan from November 2011 to August 2012, but with the help of the Ramallah American Club of Jacksonville and the Salaam Club of Jacksonville, the celebration of Arab Americans in the public service sector was  brought to Florida. The exhibit highlights Arab Americans of different nationalities and religions who have served in the military, Peace Corps, and Diplomatic Service. Through a collection of personal stories, photos, and...

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Al-Bustan Presents Karima Skalli

Posted by on November 27, 2012 in Blog
By Jennine Vari On Saturday December 1st, the Philadelphia-based nonprofit Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture will present Moroccan singer Karima Skalli at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery
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Turaath: A Celebration of Arab Heritage, Folklore, and Tradition in America

Posted by on November 14, 2012 in Blog
By Vieshnavi Rattehalli Saturday, December 1st at the historic Lincoln Theatre on U St. NW in Washington DC, the American-Arab Anti- Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the ADC Women’s Initiative present the second annual Turaath.
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Smithsonian’s Roads of Arabia Exhibit

Posted by on November 05, 2012 in Blog
By Vieshnavi Rattehalli Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia comes to the Smithsonian Museum of Asian Art’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.
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The Countdown Begins

Posted by on October 26, 2012 in Blog

It’s hard to believe we’re here already, but today marks the beginning of our 10 day countdown before the election. Between now and then, you will receive one email from us each day giving you a new opportunity to make a difference in this final stretch to November 6th.

When the Arab American community came together in Paterson, New Jersey and made a significant impact in a local primary, it set off a fear-mongering campaign against our community’s political participation. Because we refuse to be intimidated or silenced, we issued the following video response:

Because we refuse...

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Arab American National Museum Offers Free Admission on Saturday

Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Blog
As part of the Smithsonian Institution’s eighth annual Museum Day Live! Event, the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn will be offering free admission tomorrow.
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ACCC Sponsors 18th Annual Arab Cultural Festival

Posted by on July 05, 2012 in Blog

Every October since 1995, the Arab Cultural and Community Center hosts an Arab Cultural Festival in the San Francisco Bay Area. The day-long event features all different aspects of Arab and Arab American cultural identity, including music, cuisine, and arts. It has historically been a great opportunity for people from all backgrounds to experience Arab culture in a genuine and holistic way, contravening the typical portrayal of Arabs often seen in traditional media.

This year’s festival, taking place on October 6th, will feature North African fusion band The Dunes, Palestinian Emcee Excentrik, Singer and Songwriter Naima Shalhoub, traditional...

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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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