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    Arab American Stories

    9/23/2013 2:28:46 PM

     You can become a part of the nationwide conversation as Cleveland Public Library and ideastream® host  a panel discussion about Arab-American’s cultural diversity and contributions to society. Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium.

    This event is free and open to the public. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Arab-American Stories:
    A National Dialogue

    Sundays at 2:00 p.m. October 6 - November 17

    The 13-part series Arab American Stories airs on WVIZ/PBS ideastream® locally this October. The series resonates widely in this nation of immigrants from many ethnic backgrounds. Mini-documentaries feature ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Telling their own stories in their own words, they share and celebrate the breadth and depth of the Arab-American experience and its impact on families, communities and the world at large.

    Join Cleveland’s Community Conversation

    You can become a part of the nationwide conversation as Cleveland Public Library and ideastream® host a panel discussion about Arab-American’s cultural diversity and contributions to society. Visit www.theciviccommons.com/arabamericanstories following the panel discussion to continue the conversation online at Civic Commons ideastream®, a platform for informed, civil, productive dialogue.


    This program is made possible through the generous support of Detroit Public Television and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and is presented in partnership with ideastream®. 

    Cleveland Public Library & Ideastream® Panel Discussion
    Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
    Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium.

    Moderator

    Brian Bull, ideastream® reporter and producer.

    Panelists

    Mus’ab Abdalla, son of the Imam of the Islamic Center of Cleveland. Mr. Abdalla is an Egyptian American who hopes, one day, to help bridge the gap between world religions through education and awareness. He is a student at the Azhar University in Cairo, majoring in Islamic Religious Studies and Anthropology & Religious Studies.

    Fr. Peter Karamhas served as the spiritual leader of St. Maron’s Church in Cleveland since 2005. Cleveland’s Maronite Roman Catholics, mainly of Lebanese and Syrian descent, have found a spiritual home at St. Maron’s Parish for more than 85 years, creating a warm, inter-generational community rooted in liturgy, education, service, and the celebration of Middle Eastern culture and tradition.

    Dr. Wael Khoury, physician, Cleveland Clinic Department of Cardiology/Internal Medicine. Chair of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs and the Arab-American Culture Council, President of the Syrian Cultural Gardens Association of Cleveland.

    Isam Zaiem, President Emeritus and founder of the local chapter of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.