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Jack G. Shaheen remembers 40 years of deconstrcting Arab sterotypes

Deconstructing stereotypes: Jack G. Shaheen remembers 40 years
of commitment to positive Arab and US
understanding in evening lecture

[Monday December 10, 2012] On Wednesday December 19th, The Levantine Cultural Center presents honored media critic and film scholar Dr. Jack G. Shaheen in an intimate discussion and forum on misleading stereotypes based on Hollywood's negative portrayal of Arabs. Shaheen will be discussing his life-long commitment to illuminate social justice, with insights into the highs and lows of his 40-year quest, including his mission to reveal and terminate these damaging Arab and Muslim stigmas.

"A is For Arab" Displays ABCs of American Media & Pop Culture Stereotypes

For Immediate Release
Please Contact Kameron Myles
DEC. 1-31, 2012, RECEPTION DEC. 19, 7 PM

WHO: Jack G. Shaheen, media activist
WHERE: Levantine Cultural Center, 5998 W. Pico Blvd., LA 90035, street parking.
PRICE: Free to general public
INFO/RSVPs: Levantine Cultural Center, 323.413.2001,

[Los Angeles-Monday November 27, 2012] Beginning Saturday, December 1st, the Levantine Cultural Center presents a fascinating new exhibit based on the work of film and media scholar Dr. Jack G. Shaheen's work: A is for Arab: Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture.

My Father's Paradise

Dreaming Fevered Dreams of the Past in Aramaic

Ariel Sabar, My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2008)

Reviewed by David Shasha

My Father's Paradise: your purchase in part benefits Levantine Cultural CenterMy Father's Paradise: your purchase in part benefits Levantine Cultural CenterTowards the end of Ariel Sabar's extraordinarily compelling retelling of his family's history in Iraqi Kurdistan, he makes a brilliant observation that encapsulates his tale and is emblematic of the broken stories of so many Middle Eastern Jews. Recalling his father's feverish memories of his fractured past-a past of rich traditions that were destroyed over the course of successive exiles-he states:

Dreams, I recalled now, had long been a refuge from his life's incongruities. During his first year in the United States, he once told me, he dreamed he was in New York, all alone in Grand Central Station. All at once, the train doors swept open and all of Zakho's Kurds poured out onto the platform. Dreams were a place where fragments could be made whole. (pp. 278-279)

Race Matters: Are Middle Easterners Really White?

"Whitewashed: America's Invisible Middle Eastern Minority" by John Tehranian

Reviewed by Afsaneh Ashley Tabaddor

What does it mean to be "White" in America today?

"Colors of the Arab World" Opening Reception and Exhibition

Event Details
Jun 11 2009 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free to the public.
American Friends Service Committee
634 S. Spring St., 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, California 90014

The American Friends Service Committee in downtown Los Angeles hosts “Colors of the Art World,” an exhibition running June 11-Nov. 12, 2009, during regular office hours, M-F, 9 am-5 pm, and 6-8 pm on Art Walk nights. "Colors" appears in the AFSC's Friends Gallery.

"Colors of the Arab" World highlights the artistic interpretations of the region’s rich cultures, diverse peoples and continued struggle for peace amid historic conflicts.  In an attempt to personalize and humanize their experiences, these artists have captured everyday life, coalesced among classical and historical imagery.

Featured artists
Paul Batou
Rev. Wilfredo Benitez-Rivera
Brian Biery
Dalah Faytrouni
Reem Hammad
Muhammadi Zuhal Karamanli
Gary Simpson
Omar Yashruti

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Middle Eastern Arts Festival for Peace, in Tribute to Humanitarian, Peacemaker Wally Marks, Jr.

Event Details
May 23 2009 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Supporter tickets $100
Preferred Seating $250 (Per Couple)
Students $50 (limited number)
Tables of 10, $1,000
Limited seating, advance reservations required
Click here to purchase tickets
Private Mansion in Beverly Hills
RSVPs to 310.657.5511 required.

5:00-7:00 pm Mixer with deejay, live music and Silent Auction
7:00-8:00 pm dinner and show with tribute
8:00-10:00 party

A festival of arts helps fund a cultural center: May 23, 2009A festival of arts helps fund a cultural center: May 23, 2009
Incredible performers dedicated to their artIncredible performers dedicated to their art
Arts of the Middle East!Arts of the Middle East!

Zaatar Days, Henna Nights

Adventures, Dreams, and Destinations Across the Middle East

Reviewed by Catherine BatruniBook CoverBook Cover

The processes of self-discovery, inner growth, and understanding oneself and the world are only a handful of the numerous intrinsic rewards of traveling. Every so often, something in our hearts stirs us in a kind of epiphany and encourages an abandonment of our monotonous routines. This is exactly what happens to Maliha Masood, author of "Zaatar Days, Henna Nights", when she quits her tech job in Seattle and buys a one-way ticket to the Middle East. She spends approximately a year and a half exploring Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey. What some may find unusual is that a Muslim woman-and an American at that-was sufficiently footloose to brave the Middle East alone.

A Vivid History of Islam for all to Uncover

The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam

Language for a New Century: your purchase benefits LCC programmingLanguage for a New Century: your purchase benefits LCC programmingKudos to Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond. This handsome new anthology (Norton 2008) celebrates the artistic and cultural forces flourishing today in the East—gathering an unprecedented selection of works by East Asian, Middle Eastern, South Asian and Central Asian poets as well as poets living in the diaspora. The volume is organized around nine themes—including childhood, politics and oppression, identity, war, homeland and love—and includes more than 400 unique voices from 59 countries. Each section of the anthology—organized by theme rather than national affiliation—is preceded by a personal essay from the editors that introduces the poetry and invokes the readers to examine their own identities in light of these powerful poems.

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