#GibranGala Awardee Greg Simon Talks Collaboration, History, Refugees and Cancer

Posted by Guest on March 24, 2017 in Blog

By Samantha Leathley Ahead of the 2017 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards, we sat down with Greg Simon, who will receive the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service on April 27, to discuss his career and family history. Simon, who worked at the forefront of developing some of our country’s most groundbreaking health and science policies, spent time early in his career as the General Counsel and Staff Director of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee of the...

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2X Pulitzer winner Steve Coll to Receive #GibranGala Award

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 22, 2017 in Blog

Steve Coll’s incisive reporting has taken him around the world and garnered two Pulitzers. 

Mr. Coll began his career as a general assignment feature writer for the Style section of the Washington Post in 1985. Since then he has reported from frontlines across the globe, covering corruption in South Asia; big oil’s influence on American policy; and the political developments in Afghanistan over the past quarter century. In 1990, he earned his first Pulitzer while working as the Post’s financial correspondent on Wall Street for a series on the Securities and Exchange Commission. ...

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The Arc of the United States to Receive Award for Institutional Excellence

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 14, 2017 in Blog

For the past 60 years, The Arc has played a vital role in fostering and maintaining advocacy by and for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 1950, a small group of parents came together with the goal of altering perceptions of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to ensure their own children would lead fulfilling lives. Since then, the organization has grown from a handful of dedicated individuals to a nationwide presence and a vital resource driving employment and health initiatives, public policy development, and critical...

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Gibran Gala Celebrates Our Community's Values

Posted by Maha Elsamahi on March 13, 2017 in Blog

For the past 19 years, the Arab American Institute Foundation has hosted the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards every spring to recognize the cultural, political, and civic achievements of the Arab American Community. Since its inception, AAIF has honored individuals and institutions who represent the very best of the arts, sciences, politics, and business. Named in honor of the great poet who hailed from Lebanon, the gala seeks to pay tribute to Gibran’s legacy of love, tolerance, and generosity by honoring those in our community and beyond who embody these values. 

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Chobani CEO to Receive Gibran Award for Individual Achievement

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 08, 2017 in Blog

From his earliest ventures, Hamdi Ulukaya’s career has been defined by visionary thinking and courageous action. Raised in a small village in eastern Turkey, he came to the United States in 1994 to study English. Seeing the shortage of options for the wholesome foods of his native country, Mr. Ulukaya launched his now-famed yogurt company, Chobani, in 2007 with the help of loans from the Small Business Administration. Within five years, Chobani’s sales exceeded more than $1 billion annually. Demonstrating profound support for the betterment of...

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Greg Simon to Receive Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 01, 2017 in Blog

For the past two decades, Greg Simon has been instrumental in crafting landmark health and science policies that have moved our country forward with clarity and compassion. From his time in government through his work in the private sector, his efforts are a testament to his dedication to public service.   Mr. Simon began his career in the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, where he handled issues relating to biotechnology and scientific...

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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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Arab American Leaders and Students Advocate for Justice

Posted on April 22, 2016 in Press Releases

For immediate release Contact: Jennifer Salan 202-429-9210   Arab American Leaders and Students Advocate for Justice 170+ in DC for Hill & Administration Meetings   April 22, 2016 (Washington) As part of its 18th Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala, the Arab American Institute organized its annual advocacy days on Capitol Hill and the White House. This year, AAI partnered with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the National Network for Arab American Communities (NAAC), and the Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP) to host...

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Countdown Vol. 14 No. 11: Finish Line (Barely) in Sight

Posted on April 22, 2016 in Countdown
AAI's weekly take on news from Washington, around the country, and abroad.
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Gibran Gala Shines Light on Refugees; Honors Jamie Farr and Suzanne Sareini

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on April 20, 2016 in Blog

“Refugees are all around us. As a community that has known the refugee plight for more than a century, we must help the world find its better angels and assist the millions displaced today.” That’s how Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) Executive Director Maya Berry put into perspective the Foundation’s decision to focus on refugees at this year’s annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards. “With more than 60 million people forcibly displaced in every region of the world, we are proud to shine a light on those working to assist and empower refugees. The UNHCR, the...

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