Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

Nationally, Arab Heritage Month is celebrated throughout the month of April. On campus, we begin our celebration on February 17 and conclude in mid-April. This year, many of our events focus on broadening the conversation about inclusion and exclusion, with the hopes of engaging in dialogue about the nuances of language, culture, and geography. We hope to explore and highlight stories that represent the perspectives across the Arab diaspora, exploring the terms "Arab" "Middle Eastern/North African" and "Southwest Asian/North African."


Saturday, February 17, 7:00pm Power Center for the Performing Arts

Arab Xpressions Show
Hosted by the Arab Student Association

This show features traditional Arab dances, music, clothing, poetry, and more. As we explore the unique experiences of Arab Americans through detailed displays and hilarious skits, we hope to provide a powerful and entertaining night for you and your family.

Tickets: $5 from the Michigan Union Ticket Office; the first 50 people to stop by MESA will receive a complimentary ticket.

Please direct all inquiries to Rasha Jawad (rmjawad@umich.edu), co-president of the Arab Student Association

 

Tuesday, March 6th at 6:00pm - 8:00pm,  Michigan League, Kalamazoo Room

Arab Men & Masculinity + Mental Health Concerns: A Two-Step Exploration Towards Healing
Presented by Robbie Abdelhoq

In today's political and social context, amidst the rising allegations of reports over the behavior of men and sexual misconduct, the discussion of masculinity has risen to the national spotlight. This workshop will provide space to reflect, engage and consider how masculinity and mental health is tied to masculinity using the framing of Orientalism: suggesting that Arabs (and Muslims) are the subjects of study and scrutiny for Western outsiders acting as the experts on their behalf, resulting in a systematic exclusion from Arab contribution on issues directly related to and affecting their existence.

Please direct all inquiries to Zanib Sarieni (zsareini@umich.edu) in the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

 

Thursday, March 8th, 4:00-5:30pm, 1022 South Thayer Building

The Leaking Subject: Arab Cultue in the Digital Age by Dr. Tarek El-Ariss, Dartmouth College.
Informal reception with light refreshments to follow

Please direct all inquiries to Near.Eastern.Studies@umich.edu

6:00 - 8:00pm, Michigan Union, Pond Room

Intra MENA/SWANA Hierarchy and the Impact of Terminology
Presenters: Fatima Hassan, Diala Khalife, Mekarem Eljamal   

How do the terms Arab, MENA (Middle Eastern and North African), SWANA (Southwest Asian and North African) either perpetuate or challenge intra-communal power dynamics? What marginalized communities and people do these terms uplift or erase? Join us for a workshop exploring the intersections of power and hierarchy in SWANA and/or Arab communities, and the possibilities of intra- SWANA solidarity and coalition-building on campus.

Please direct all inquiries to Zanib Sarieni (zsareini@umich.edu) in the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

 

March 13, Time TBD, Fellows Lounge in the Munger Graduate Residence

Graduate Share-Out
Hosted by Munger Graduate Residence 

A space for graduate students across the University to gather and reflect upon identity and the impact it has on experiences as a graduate student. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please direct all inquiries to Anthony Fowlkes (antlance@umich.edu) in Munger Graduate Residence.

 

March 15, 6:00pm, W.M. Trotter Multicultural Center

Paint No Pour - Arab Heritage Month Edition
Hosted by the W.M. Trotter Multicultural Center

Trotter's Third Thursdays, also known as Paint No Pour, are inspired by national heritage months, student interests, and social concerns. This month’s Paint No Pour allows for participants to widen their cultural lens, expand their worldview, tap into their creative selves and participate in multicultural celebration, education, and recognition specifically for Arab Heritage Month. All members of the U of M Campus Community are welcome to come and share these amazing experiences. Paint No Pour is free of charge, and Trotter provides all paint supplies.

Please direct all inquiries to Jessica Thompson (jesthoma@umich.edu) in the William M. Trotter Multicultural Center.  

 

Thursday, March 15, 5:00 - 6:30PM, Michigan Union Parker Room (2nd Floor)

Faculty Panel
Hosted by the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA)

Faculty members Dr. Evelyn Alsultany, Dr. Samer Ali, Dr. Matthew Stiffler and Dr. Karem Sakallah will discuss their journey in their careers within academia within the context of their racial and ethnic identities. The panel will include an open Q & A session with the audience, and will be moderated by the Arab Heritage Month Committee.

Please direct all inquiries to Abby Chien (abchien@umich.edu) in the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

 

Thursday, March 15, 7:30pm, North Quad Space 2435

Chroma 2018: The Power and Strength of Color
Hosted by the South Asian Awareness Network (SAAN) and the Middle East & Arab Network (MEdAN)

The South Asian Awareness Network and Middle East and Arab Network have collaborated to bring to you our annual art show, Chroma: The Power and Strength of Color. Chroma is an art exhibit aimed at showcasing the art, creative expression, and narratives of people of color, as our work is too often unheard or invisible. The event serves as a space to not only celebrate our empowerment and healing, but to share and uphold our experiences.

Art of any medium is welcome and all art can be submitted to chromasubmission@gmail.com. Submission for performances is due February 24th; submission for artwork is due March 6th.

Please direct all inquiries to the South Asian Awareness Network (SAAN) and Middle East & Arab Network (MEdAN) via the facebook event link.

 

Sunday, March 18, 5:00pm, W.M. Trotter Multicultural Center

Food for the Soul
Hosted by W. M. Trotter Multicultural Center

A monthly event which provides students, faculty, and staff of all identities the opportunity to break bread, engage in dialogue and build relationships over traditionally prepared culturally unique food expressions.

Please direct all inquiries to Jessica Thompson (jesthoma@umich.edu) in Trotter Multicultural Center

 

Thursday, March 23, 4:00pm, Rackham Amphitheatre  

Syrian Dreams - Syrian Blasts: Poetry with Mohja Kahf

Hosted by the Center for Middle East and African Studies

Kahf will perform and share from her poetry on Syria and exile, Hagar and Sarah, the little mosque on the corner, and big white cotton granny panties. Kahf's poetry performance explodes on stage in living color and inspires audience participation.

Please direct all inquiries to Mekarem Eljamal (meljamal@umich.edu) in the Center for Middle East and African Studies (CMENAS).

 

Friday, March 24, 6:00pm, Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, Michigan

Poems of Hagar & Her Sisters with Mohja Kahf

Hosted by the Center for Middle East and African Studies

In the Aliya Hassan Auditorium, Kahf will read and perform from her Hagar Poems, which received Honorable Mention in the 2017 Arab American Book Award.

Please direct all inquiries to Mekarem Eljamal (meljamal@umich.edu) in the Center for Middle East and African Studies (CMENAS).

 

March 31, 5:00 - 10:00pm, LOCATION CHANGE: W.M. Trotter Multicultural Center 

PaliFest
Hosted by Students Allied for Freedom and Equality

This event is in collaboration with Palestinian student groups across south east Michigan. We hope to create bonds while share the beauty of Palestinian culture with our community. More information along with the schedule of activities to come!

Please direct all inquiries to Andrea Sahouri (amsahour@umich.edu) in Students Allied for Freedom and Equality.

 

Saturday, April 7

Community Dinner & Celebration
Time & Location TBD

 

Monday, April 9, 6:00 - 7:30pm UMMA Auditorium

Amr Goes to Hollywood
osted by Arab and Muslim American Studies

Arab and Muslim American Studies has invited Arab-Muslim American actor, Amr El-Bayoumi to campus. Amr El-Bayoumi is an Egyptian-American actor and voice-over artist based in New York City. He has performed in several award-winning short films, feature films, theater and network television productions in the US, England, and Egypt. Most recently he appeared on House of Cards, Mr. Robot, and The Blacklist. Amr's complete actor profile is available at AMRELBAYOUMI.com. Prior to becoming an actor, Amr worked as a chemical engineer, international corporate lawyer and a filmmaker. This interview with him includes some of his reflections on the challenges of being an Arab-Muslim actor in Hollywood.

Please direct all inquiries to Arab & Muslim American Studies (AMAS) in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at ac.inq@umich.edu

 

Tuesday, April 10, 6-10pm, Blaine Room, Michigan Union

MENAzine
Hosted by the Middle East & Arab Network

MEdAN will be having a MENAzine creative workshop on April 10 from 6-10 p.m. in the Blaine Room in the Union. This will be an opportunity for students to attend and create original artwork for a zine using any medium they prefer — we'll have craft supplies there as well.

Please direct all inquiries to the Middle East & Arab Network at MEdAN.lead@umich.edu

 

Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, Michigan [Date and time TBD]

Hosted by Munger Graduate Residence
Guided tour of the Arab American Museum and a meal

** priority will be given to Munger Residents **

Sign up here!

Please direct all inquiries to Anthony Fowlkes (antlance@umich.edu) in Munger Graduate Residence.

 

Event date, time and location TBD: 

From Civilization to War: Iraq’s Untold Story
Hosted by the Iraqi Student Association

The Iraqi Student Association has invited Rafat Mandwee from the Arab American National Museum to discuss the state of Iraq before and after the US invasion, as well as its effects in Iraq, the USA, and beyond. All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served.

Special guest: Rafat Mandwee from the Arab American National Museum

Please direct all inquiries to Amira Mandwee (rmandwee@umich.edu) in the Iraqi Student Association

 

ONGOING EXHIBIT: 

March 5 - April 13, 2018, Hatcher Graduate Library, 6th floor (Special Collections Exhibit Space)

Handwritten Heritage: Arabic Texts in Manuscript
This exhibit features a selection of prominent Arabic writings from the classical and post-classical periods among the holdings of the Islamic Manuscripts Collection preserved in the University Library.

Carefully transcribed copies of iconic literary works of prose and poetry appear alongside influential religious, grammatical, scientific, and mystical writings - even a text on musical theory and performance.

Please direct all inquiries to Evyn Kropf at ekropf@umich.edu

 


For questions about Arab Heritage Month, please contact the MESA office at 734-763-9044 or by emailing mesa.uofm@umich.edu. We are more than happy to help!