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Wissam, Wesley, or simply W, is an educator, writer, entrepreneur, engineer, activist, ex-Imam, humanist, liberal thinker with interest and mediocre attempt at many takes of life. A modern confused Renaissance man, who uses doubt as a path for emancipation and science as a road towards enlightenment.

30 Questions for a Deeper Conversation in 2018

Questions tend to reveal someone's values, qualities, fears, and personal past.  When you are sitting in a bunch, and you feel that the environment is so shallow, that a fish will die in it, it is time to ask some deep questions. Here are some deep questions you can ask, relevant to our time: What ...

Why Did Apple Pick Daniel Johnston’s “Story of An Artist” for its Ad?

Daniel Dale Johnston (born January 22, 1961) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and visual artist who is regarded as a significant figure in outsider, lo-fi, and alternative music scenes. Most of his work consists of cassettes he recorded alone in his home, and his music is frequently cited for its "pure and childlike soul". Johnston ...

DEARBORN WOMEN STAR IN ‘SEATED OPERA FOR THE SPOKEN WORD’ AT ARAB AMERICAN MUSEUM

World-renowned company brings its Undesirable Elements series of grassroots theater productions to southeast Michigan Performances presented in conjunction with new installation exhibition on Arab Muslim women Dearborn, Mich. (April 23, 2018) – An original theater production May 11-12, 2018, at the Arab American National Museum will present the experiences of six Arab American Muslim women ...

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ARTIST MENTORING PROGRAM SUPPORTS DETROIT IMMIGRANTS, REFUGEES

New York-based program introduced to Detroit, San Antonio, Newark, Oakland Dearborn, Mich. (Dec. 13, 2017) –The Arab American National Museum’s Growth Center @ AANM has partnered with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) for the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Detroit. Running March - June 2018, the program offers Detroit-based immigrant artists from all ...

Top News From Dearborn Last Month

Here are the headlines that occupied Dearborn News last month:

Arab Arts Forum Joins Major Conference in Detroit

DIWAN7 EXAMINES ISSUES, TRENDS IN ARAB AMERICAN ART Biennial conference joins MOVE 2017 Arab American summit Includes premiere of new commissioned music score, opening of new AANM exhibition on LGBTQ themes Dearborn, Mich. (Oct. 16, 2017) – Over the past 12 years and six convenings, the Arab American National Museum’s (AANM) DIWAN: A Forum for ...

The Pollution Series: Light Pollution in Dearborn

After talking about the Noise Pollution in the last episode, I started noticing more and more the sound of the streets and highways.  Did you know that there are different sound quotient for each of the different materials that roads are made of? More on that here: http://www.pavementinteractive.org/pavement-noise/ But today I will talk about light pollution ...

Pink Floyd presents “Wait for Her” by Mahmoud Darwish

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSl1kmQMG2E Lyrics With a glass inlaid with gemstones On a pool around the evening Among the perfumed roses Wait for her With the patience of a packhorse Loaded for the mountains Like a stoic, noble prince Wait for her With seven pillows laid out on the stair The scent of womens' incense fills the air ...