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.
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, levantinecenter.org.
[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.
On May 30th, 2009, "Stars of Science" debuted on 17 Arabic channels in the Middle East and is already sweeping the region with excitement. This pan-Arab invention contest is the first of its kind. Sixteen contestants from 11 different Arab countries were selected out of a pool of 5,600 applicants to present their new inventions to a panel of 3 judges. The competition takes place in Doha, Qatar at Qatar Science and Technology Park. "Stars of Science" is a testimony to the creativity and determination of the youth of the Arab world. The candidates and their inventions are:
-Wahiba Chair is a 26 year-old female from Algeria who has invented a nutrition label-scanning device that scans a food item's label to find out if it is good for you. The device can be uploaded to mobile phones.
-Sarah Al Sammak, the only other female in the competition, is a 24 year-old Bahraini who has presented her invention "Canito," a product that combines a garbage can and recycling bin in order to encourage people to recycle.
Christopher Caldwell on "What is the West's Problem with Islam?"
Europe has received a wave of immigration from the global south in recent decades, similar in scope to the US-but very different in its results. Many immigrant and second-generation communities have astronomical unemployment rates and a thin connection to European identity. Some have produced terrorists. The problems are particularly severe among newcomers from the Muslim world.
If Europe has an Islam problem, whose fault is it? Is Islamic belief and culture incompatible with Western institutions? Or is there such a thing as "Islamophobia," poisoning immigrants' efforts to integrate on European terms?
Christopher Caldwell, who writes for the Financial Times, The New York Times Magazine and The Weekly Standard, visits Zócalo to talk about themes from his upcoming book, Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West.