ADC is delighted to present “Who Are We? The Story of Arab American History and Migration” in celebration of Arab American Heritage Month on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 1:30 PM ET/10:30 AM PT. We are excited to have with us Dr. Akram Khater, Dr. Linda Jacobs, and Dr. Hani Bawardi who will be discussing different periods of Arab American history and migration patterns. They will also tell us about different early Arab American communities, like Little Syria, as well as lesser-known Arab American communities across the country. Join us for this informative Zoom webinar by registering using a valid email address. Remember to leave any questions for the speakers at the bottom of the registration form and invite your friends!
Dr. Akram Khater is a University Faculty Scholar, Professor of History, and holds the Khayrallah Chair in Diaspora Studies at North Carolina State University where he also serves as the Director of the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies. A native of Lebanon, he earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. His books include Inventing Home: Emigration, Gender and the Making of a Lebanese Middle Class, 1861-1921, and A History of the Middle East: A Sourcebook for the History of the Middle East and North Africa and Embracing the Divine: Passion and Politics in the Christian Middle East. He has produced Cedars in the Pines, a PBS documentary on the history of the Lebanese community in North Carolina and is the senior curator for a museum exhibit on the same topic. He also curated the traveling exhibit, The Lebanese in America, which has toured ten (10) US cities and will continue to tour through 2020. He has just completed a new documentary titled The Romey Lynchings, that narrates the history of racial violence against early Arab immigrants.
Dr. Hani J. Bawardi is an Associate Professor of History and Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. He has published articles in academic journals and as well as numerous papers in national and international academic conferences. His book, the Making of Arab Americans: From Syrian Nationalism to U.S. Citizenship, is considered to be a watershed with respect to Arab American formal advocacy and identity formation. Professor Bawardi cares for one of the most significant manuscripts on these topics. He is a board member of the Save Washington Street Historical Society in New York, and the Arab American Center for Culture and the Arts in Dearborn Michigan.
Dr. Linda K. Jacobs is a New York-based independent scholar and author. She holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology/Anthropology and spent many years working on archaeological excavations and economic development projects in the Middle East. The author of three books published by KalimahPress (https://kalimahpress.com/)–Digging In: An American Archaeologist Uncovers the Real Iran (2012); Strangers in the West: The Syrian Colony of New York City, 1880-1900 (2015); and Strangers No More: Syrians in the United States, 1880-1900 (2019)–and a number of articles and blogs, Jacobs is a recognized authority on the nineteenth-century Syrian diaspora. She is the granddaughter of four immigrants who lived in the Syrian colony of New York City.
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
?Time: 1:30 PM ET/10:30 AM PT