Nationally, Arab Heritage Month is celebrated throughout the month of April. From mid-March to mid-April, the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs will celebrate Arab Heritage Month by sharing the history, culture, and people that have been enriching and shaping American society for generations.
Arab Heritage Month is a special opportunity to enhance understanding of the nuanced and diverse aspects of Arab American heritage that is often forgotten or intentionally avoided by the media. Arab immigrants and their descendants have made important contributions to the growth of this country. As doctors and scientists, engineers, bankers, teachers, entrepreneurs and entertainers – and so much more – Arab contributions and heritage are woven inextricably into the fabric of American society. Arab Heritage Month presents a great opportunity to celebrate and recognize the achievements of Arab Americans throughout our history.
Throughout the month, events will be added to the calendar below that may not necessarily be represented on the graphic calendar! Check back often for updates.
Connect with us on Facebook!
Like our Facebook page to see updates and event reminders! Our social media campaign (#ArabHeritageMonthxMESA) will begin Wednesday, March 15th and end Thursday, April 13th.
For questions about specific event information or in general about Arab Heritage Month, please contact the MESA office at 734-763-9044 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We are more than happy to help!
List of Events
Live from Babylon
Friday, March 10th, 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM
1140 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
The Chaldean American Student Association is proud to present Live From Babylon in support of TEACH of Help Iraq! TEACH, Teachers Educating and Creating Hope, is a volunteer group consisting of Chaldean educators who assist displaced Iraqi Christians and other minorities with educational, humanitarian, and various other needs.
For more information visit www.helpiraq.org/teach
Cost to attend: $18 online/$23 at the door
Saturday, March 11th, 7:00 PM
Michigan League, Mendelssohn Theatre
The purpose of Arab Xpressions is to spread awareness of Arab culture on the entire University of Michigan Campus. We will both educate and entertain the student body by showcasing traditional folk dances, spoken word/poetry, clothing, music, food, and much more. There will be also performed skits to highlight many aspects of Arab culture in a comedic way. Arab Xpressions is a great medium for students to both learn about and enjoy the different aspects of Arab culture in light of recent events.
Paint No Pour
Thursday, March 16th, 6:00 PM
Trotter Multicultural Center
1443 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Trotters Paint No Pour are inspired by our heritage months, students interest, and social concerns. Each month allots participants to broaden their worldview, tap into their creative side, and expand their minds. For the month of March, we are dedicating Paint No Pour to Arab Heritage Month and will be canvassing an Arab artist! We encourage everyone to come to this free event and celebrate with us!
Thursday, March 16th, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
University of Michigan Museum of Art
Join the Michigan Refugee Assistance Program (MRAP) as they host their capstone event at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. At this event, the audience will have the opportunity to hear from former refugees who will be sharing their moving stories about resettling in the United States. The event will also host photographer Jim Lommasson, who will speak about his current project What We Carried, which depicts stories of displacement, loss, and the preservation of identity through objects brought from displaced Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Professionals in the refugee sector will then provide insight into the largest humanitarian crisis of our generation and how we can take action. This event will be followed by a reception with Jim Lommasson and members of the refugee community.
Reserve Your (Free) Tickets Here
Arab & Muslim American Studies Community Dinner
Thursday, March 23rd, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
3254 LSA Building
Arab and Muslim American Studies (AMAS) will gather to eat and enjoy some student talent: spoken word of Sakila Islam, a hijabi monologue by Alyiah Al-Bonijim, poetry by Summer Damra, poetry by Mohamed Damashkieh, Debke dancing choreographed by Tamer Abuhalawah, and Maya Dalack will share her vocal talents. Belquis Elhadi will MC the event.
Try it Out Tuesdays
Tuesday, March 28th, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
2204 Michigan Union
Taste test Zaatar Maneesh & Zaatar: Maneesh is the plural of the arabic word "manqushah," meaning that the dough has been rolled flat and pressed by the fingertips to create little dips for the topping to rest. The dough is usually topped with wild thyme (zaatar), cheese or ground meat. It is most frequently made with wild thyme mixed with sumac, sesame seed, and olive oil, and spread onto the bread before baked in the oven.
Ann Arbor Palestinian Film Festival
Friday, March 31st - Sunday, April 2nd
Try it Out Tuesdays
Tuesday, April 4th, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
2204 Michigan Union
Taste test Zaatar Maneesh & Zaatar: Maneesh is the plural of the arabic word "manqushah," meaning that the dough has been rolled flat and pressed by the fingertips to create little dips for the topping to rest. The dough is usually topped with wild thyme (zaatar), cheese or ground meat. It is most frequently made with wild thyme mixed with sumac, sesame seed and olive oil, and spread onto the bread before baked in the oven.
Muslim Beats in the New Millennium
Thursday, April 6th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
This Q&A session features Hisham Aidi, author of "Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture" and Su'ad Abdul Khabeer, author of "Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip Hop in the United States," in conversation with Evelyn Alsultany, associate professor of American culture and director of the Arab and Muslim American Studies Program at the University of Michigan.
Arab Folk-Dancing Workshop with Karim Nagi - Dabke and Beyond
Thursday, April 6th, 7:30 PM
Michigan League, Room 4 (Ground Floor)
Karim Nagi will lead us in a hands-on (or feet-on!) Arab Folk-Dance Workshop, of traditional circle and line-dancing, including 'dabke' dancing, and more! No previous dancing experience necessary! (all levels of dancing experience welcome!)
End of the Year BBQ
Sunday, April 9, 4-10PM
Trotter Multicultural Center
Students Allied for Freedom and Equality (SAFE), Arab Students Association (ASA), Middle East and Arab Network (MEdAN), Yemeni Student Association (YSA), Egyptian Student Association (ESA), Lebanese Student Association (LSA), and Iraqi Student Association (ISA) are all coming together to host our end of the year BBQ! Theywill be having hamburgers and hot dogs as well as a bonfire with s'mores to round out the night (all of which will be halal), along with speakers and will be playing music as well outside. Please join for one of our last events of the year and to wind down the year in a fun way. Spaces include quiet study space and community gatherings!
Thursday, April 13, 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Rackham Assembly Hall
A fun event celebrating Arab culture with food, music, and dance!
Donations suggested. All proceeds go to UNRWA.