Countdown Vol. 13 No. 34: Much Work Left To Be Done

Posted on October 29, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: We're back with updates from our National Leadership Conference and more
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Together We Came

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 15, 2015 in Blog
Salma’s connection to her Lebanese heritage was nurtured by her grandfather’s devotion to the works of Khalil Gibran. Hayek has frequently shared that Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet enjoyed a perpetual and treasured presence on her grandfather’s bedside table. Having committed many of his greatest poems to memory, Hayek grew up believing that the wondrous, magical quality of Gibran’s works can unite people across countries, religions, and generations.
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Jay Farhat: Moving Jacksonville Forward

Posted by on February 03, 2015 in Blog

When you speak to Jay Farhat you can feel how deeply he cares for the city of Jacksonville, Florida. His dedication and commitment to public service is evident in his 23 year history with the city. It is no wonder that when his family and friends insisted he run for Sheriff, Farhat took it as an even greater opportunity to serve his community. 

Jay’s father immigrated to Jacksonville from Ramallah, Palestine in 1947. He quickly established their family grocery store as a staple business in the community. It was in his family’s grocery store...

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Arab American Doctor Named 2014 Federal Employee of the Year

Posted by on October 02, 2014 in Blog
By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014 On Monday evening, Dr. Rana Hajjeh, Director of the Division of Bacterial Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, received the 2014 Federal Employee of the Year prize, one of the highest honors in public service.
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Arab American Receives MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

Posted by on September 22, 2014 in Blog

By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014

Khaled Mattawa, University of Michigan Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature was awarded a MacArthur Foundation grant last week.

Professor Mattawa is among a group of 21 scholars and artists who were named 2014 MacArthur Foundation Fellows.

Mattawa writes his own poems, and he also translates contemporary Arabic poetry. He will receive a $625,000 stipend to continue his translations and to begin large projects.

In an interview with the MacArthur Foundation, Mattawa shared his translation of an excerpt from the poem “A...

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AAI launches voter drive in conjunction with National Voter Registration Day

Posted by on September 22, 2014 in News Clips

Organizations in key states will participate in the Arab American Institute’s Yalla Vote campaign in conjunction with National Voter Registration Day on September 23 to register voters and engage the public on issues important to our community. AAI Executive Director Maya Berry, says American Arabs will push voter awareness Sept. 26

National Voter Registration Day is tomorrow, September 23, and the Arab American Institute (AAI) is making sure our community remains a part of the national conversation. This week, Arab Americans across the country join thousands in hosting voter registration drives for the largest one-day effort of the year to...

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Together We Came

Posted by on June 18, 2014 in Blog

It’s not a cliché.  We are a nation of immigrants who come from vibrant places. Together We Came is our effort to collect your immigrant stories in celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month. We’ve heard from so many Arab Americans and we are honored to be able to share your stories more widely.  Arab Americans have made a significant contribution to our nation. These stories from everyday community members are a testament to that legacy. If you’d like to share your story, please click here and do so. Your Stories: 2017

Maram Abdelhamid: Leading the way...

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Together We Came

Posted by on June 06, 2014 in Blog

Elias Zerhouni arrived in the United States after spending his youth in Algeria. While growing up in Algerian town Nedroma, his father, a teacher, stressed the importance and value of education. Elias was a gifted student, particularly excelling in the sciences and he was determined to become either an engineer or a physicist. As a student, he volunteered in a village in the mountains of Algeria and witnessed how the poor were affected by restricted access to quality healthcare. Seeing this suffering and realizing that he could do something...

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Fayrouz Saad: Special Assistant, Office of Director for CRCL at DHS

Posted by on August 08, 2013 in Blog
Arab American community activist and public servant Fayrouz Saad is moving on from her position as Civic Engagement Coordinator at the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) and the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), to assume the position of Special Assistant in the Office of the Director for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security.
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We’re Jazzed About Lena Seikaly

Posted by on July 24, 2013 in Blog
By: Margaret Lowry Summer 2013 Intern Lena Seikaly, a Palestinian American classical and jazz vocalist, has emerged as a rising star on the DC jazz scene. Hailed by the Washington City Paper as “one of the contenders for D.C.'s best singer,” and praised by the Washington Post, Lena has played sold out performances at DC staples such as Blues Alley, the Strathmore Mansion, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Twins Jazz, and several Smithsonian venues.
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