Category: News

AASA President Louise Cainkar interviewed by Chicago Public Radio

Trump’s Immigration Order And Living In ‘Crisis Mode’  https://www.wbez.org/shows/morning-shift/trumps-immigration-order-and-living-in-crisis-mode/f82c984f-f0c6-4314-b361-78e166c01d3f Louise Cainkar, professor of sociology at Marquette University and author of Homeland Insecurity: The Arab American and Muslim American Experience After 9/11 joins us on Morning Shift to talk about her book and what “the chilling human experience” of living in “crisis mode” means to communities singled out by President…
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New Article by Randa Kayyali

AASA board member Randa Kayyali has recently published an article in the new journal Maydan. Titled “Becoming US Citizens: Muslims and Christians From the Middle East in US Official Records,” it is available for free online: http://www.themaydan.com/2016/11/becoming-us-citizens-muslims-and-christians-from-the-middle-east-in-us-official-records/

Voting Now Open for AASA Executive Board Election

Dear AASA Members: Below are short biographies and vision statements from each of the candidates running for positions on the Arab American Studies Association (AASA) Executive Board. There is one candidate running for the position of Secretary, two for the position of Web Coordinator, three the position of Member at large, and one for the…
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New Book by Salim Yaqub: IMPERFECT STRANGERS: AMERICANS, ARABS, AND U.S.-MIDDLE EAST RELATIONS IN THE 1970S

IMPERFECT STRANGERS: AMERICANS, ARABS, AND U.S.-MIDDLE EAST RELATIONS IN THE 1970S Out now via Cornell University Press:  In Imperfect Strangers, Salim Yaqub argues that the 1970s were a pivotal decade for U.S.-Arab relations, whether at the upper levels of diplomacy, in street-level interactions, or in the realm of the imagination. In those years, Americans and…
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New Article by Member Martina Koegeler

AASA member Martina Koegeler has recently published an article in the Journal of Transnational American Studies: “Performing Transnational Arab American Womanhood: Rosemary Hakim, US Orientalism, and Cold War Diplomacy.” The article explores the memoir and life of Rosemary Hakim, Miss Lebanon America 1955, and how she performs Arab American womanhood intersectionally and transnationally. The essay…
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AASA Board Member Evelyn Alsultany Nominated for El-Hibri Peace Award

AASA Board Member Professor Evelyn Alsultany has been nominated for the El-Hibri Foundation Peace Award for her incredible work in building Arab American studies. From the El-Hibri Foundation website: The following leaders were nominated for the 2016 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize ($30,000), for dedicating their lives to making outstanding contributions and demonstrating long-term leadership in building…
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AASA Board Member Umayyah Cable Will Join Northwestern University as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

AASA board member Umayyah Cable will join Northwestern University as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Asian American studies and Middle East and North African studies programs this fall. Her research and teaching interests span the fields of ethnic studies, film and media studies, and queer theory, with a particular focus on how marginalized or…
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AASA Member Waleed F. Mahdi Joins the Faculty at U of Oklahoma

Please join us in congratulating AASA member Waleed F. Mahdi on his new tenure-track assistant professor appointment at the University of Oklahoma in the Department of International and Area Studies and the Department of Modern Languages, Literature, and Linguistics. Waleed is a comparatist with research and teaching interests in US-Arab and Muslim cultural politics. His…
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EXTENDED DEADLINE: CFP: AASA 2017 Conference, March 24-26, 2017 at the AANM

Waypoints and Watersheds: Arab American Activism and Memories, a Conference Marking the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 War. Arab American Studies Association 2017 Conference March 24-26, 2017 Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI Several important Arab and Arab American institutions and associations were established in the immediate aftermath of the 1967 War. They variously sought…
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AASA President Louise Cainkar Featured on WBEZ 91.5 Chicago

Forget Poles: Palestinians find a home in suburban Chicago AASA President Louise Cainkar was recently quoted in a Chicago area radio program on Chicago’s growing Palestinian community. Check out the full piece here, and read an excerpt below: How many people of Palestinian descent actually live in the region? The truth is more complicated, but…
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