Category: CULTURE

Ahmed Al-Ansari Discusses His PhD Dissertation about Iraqi Identity in Dearborn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFiQZfFEzXA   A full lecture by Ahmed Al-Ansari is coming soon to Dearborn Open Mic.  

ART INSTALLATION ASKS VIEWERS TO HELP REVIVE UNIVERSITY OF BAGHDAD FINE ARTS LIBRARY

Iraqi American artist transforms grief over cultural loss into a call to action Concurrent presentations in Dearborn, Mich. and Taiwan Dearborn, Mich. (Nov. 16, 2017) – During the invasion of Iraq by a U.S.-led coalition in 2003, the College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad lost its entire library to looters who set ...

Serving Time At Gas Station – Part 1

Did you serve your time? That is the nick name given to working in a gas station when you first immigrate to Dearborn or first start looking for a  job as a young Arab American. Although Gas Station Attendant is rated as one of the most dangerous jobs in America, Arab Americans, in Michigan specially, ...

Del Taco Receipt Analysis

https://youtu.be/DZ_1p1k7UtI

Coming out

You know how sexuality is such a taboo topic to discuss in many parts around the world but it especially is one in our Middle Eastern community. Now, sexual orientation is even a bigger taboo to come near to than sexuality in general is. Western societies have not come completely in peace with it either. ...

Acculturation

A well-known model of acculturation comes from John Berry, a psychologist and theorist, famous for the four-fold model of acculturation strategies. He theorizes that immigrants and immigrant communities generally follow one of four strategies in adapting to their new community. They either assimilate, separate, integrate, or marginalize. Briefly, assimilation is when the immigrant or the ...

HOT Syrian music artists @AANM in October

Greetings! I hope this finds you well. The Arab American National Museum (AANM) is pleased to welcome leading Syrian American performers for concerts on Friday, Oct. 20 and Monday, Oct. 23. Below you’ll find a press release for the Oct. 20 Global Fridays appearance by Hello Psychaleppo; attached are photo of the artist, whose given ...

A Woman’s Right to Move

When I was in eighth grade my teacher had us write down our goals for high school. My number one goal was to get accepted to the University of Michigan. I was unsure why I wanted to attend the institution so bad. Nobody in my immediate family had attended and I actually knew very little ...

GenEd: “Ladderal” Moves in Education

"We are not going to reform decades of educational malpractice by replacing chalkboards with smartboards, notebooks with chromebooks, instructional texts with instructional video...that is, gimmicks that continue to shove kids up the 'education' ladder. The problem is the ladder itself."

Ambassador of Poetry … Dr. Ali Ajami

Ambassador Dr. Ali Ajami advocates for Arabic Poetry through his attendance and participation in various literacy forums among which is Dearborn Open Mic.