Arab Voices Community Calendar/Announcements

The events listed below are not necessarily endorsed or sponsored by Arab Voices. Listing them on this site is a service to the community to be aware of activities and events in the Greater Houston Area. To include an event on this calendar, send e-mail to info@arabvoices.net.
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  Last updated February 28, 2020

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February 28, 2020  -  "Vampire trouble is more serious than the mighty plague: A comparative look at the history of evil and mischief, inspired by Evliya Çelebi (1611–ca. 1684") by Cemal Kafadar (Harvard)
Join us for the 2020 Annual Lecture in Ottoman History on "Vampire trouble is more serious than the mighty plague: A comparative look at the history of evil and mischief, inspired by Evliya Çelebi (1611–ca. 1684") by Cemal Kafadar (Harvard).
Cemal Kafadar is the Vehbi Koç Professor of Turkish Studies at the Department of History, Harvard University, where he is also the Director of Graduate Studies and Acting Director at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (SMES). He has written extensively on the social and cultural history of the Middle East and Southeastern Europe in the Late Medieval/Early Modern era and he teaches courses on the Ottoman Empire, urban space, popular culture as well as the history of cinema.

Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
Time: 5 pm
Rice University, Humanities Building, Room 118
Due to a city-wide water main break, UH will be closed Friday, and the talk with Dr. Cemal Kafadar will be held on Friday at 5 p.m. at Rice University. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you Friday!
Sponsored by the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair at the University of Houston.



February 29, 2020  -  FECC Annual Fundraising Gala

Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer is having their 18th Annual Fundraising Gala.
FECC’s Vision is to provide a cure for the Children of Egypt afflicted with Cancer.
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Location: Double Tree by Hilton – Greenway Plaza, 6 Greenway Plaza, Houston, TX 77046
Ticket Price: $150/person or $1500/table of 10

Speaker: Mrs. Susan Work, Founder of FECC Houston
Entertainment: Folkloric Dance Troupe, Ayman El Khatib (singer)
Silent Auction

Come join us with and evening of fellowship, a wonderful meal, entertainment, and silent auction.

For questions regarding this event, call (713) 822-7073 or email gala@fecchouston.org.
FECC is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization.
Visit for more information, visit https://www.fecchouston.org/2020_annual_fund_raiser/.



March 1, 2020  -  Dabke Performance by Al Awdah Dabke Troupe
Date: Saturday, March 1, 2020
Time: 4pm - 5pm
Location: LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, TX 77494
Organized by the Palestinian American Cultural Center.


March 2, 2020  -  Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World
Observers of the Middle East are often quick to speak of the sectarian tensions that have beset the region. However, Ussama Makdisi, Ph.D., the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University, stresses the need to view these issues within a broader historical context. Focusing particularly on Lebanon under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, Makdisi dispels assumptions about why and how sectarian sentiments arose in the Middle East, detailing often overlooked elements of coexistence that have shaped the modern Arab world.
At this event, Makdisi will speak on his book, “Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World,” which addresses matters relevant to understanding the contemporary Middle East. This event is sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for the Middle East.
Date: Monday, March 2, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: James A. Baker III Hall, Doré Commons, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, Texas 77005
A book signing will follow the presentation and copies of the book will be available for purchase courtesy of the Brazos Bookstore.
Admission is free, but registration is required.
Ussama Makdisi, Ph.D., is a professor of history and the first holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University. Currently, he is a visiting professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley. He has published widely on Ottoman and Arab history as well as on U.S.-Arab relations and U.S. missionary work in the Middle East. Makdisi is the author of, most recently, “Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World” (University of California Press, 2019) and “Faith Misplaced: The Broken Promise of U.S.-Arab Relations, 1820-2001” (Public Affairs, 2010). Makdisi received the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin in spring 2018. In 2012-2013 he was an invited resident fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin). In April 2009, the Carnegie Corporation named Makdisi a 2009 Carnegie Scholar as part of its effort to promote original scholarship regarding Muslim societies and communities, both in the U.S. and abroad. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. 



March 6, 2020  -  An Evening in Bethlehem
Come experience a special night of fellowship, music, authentic Palestinian food, and a silent auction.
You will be inspired by Bethlehem Bible College (BBC) president, Rev. Dr. Jack Sara, and alumni from this strategic ministry.
Date: Friday, March 6, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Houston, 5300 Main St., Houston 77004
For more information and/or to purchase tickets, visit
The cost of a table for eight people is $750. The cost for an individual seat is $100.
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March 7, 2020  -  AAAEA-Houston Professional Meeting: Cloud Storage and Cybersecurity
Arab American Association of Engineers, Architects & IT Professionals
AAAEA-Houston is holding its first professional meeting of 2020! The meeting will include a technical presentation on Cloud Storage and Cybersecurity. We will follow the presentation with time for discussion and networking. IT professionals are highly encouraged to attend! Other disciplines are welcome as well to learn more about the topics.
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Fort Bend County Libraries - First Colony Branch, 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, TX 77479
Event is free! Attendance is open to members along with non-members interested in joining AAAEA-Houston.
Members are invited to a self-paid lunch at Fadi's on Hwy 90 and Hwy 6 after the meeting.
To register, click here.



March 8, 2020  -  Islamic Arts Society Gala
The Islamic Arts Society aims to share the rich heritage of Islamic Arts. In doing so, we have touched innumerable hearts and helped build bridges between communities of different faiths. Now we come together for an exclusive event to celebrate our success and share our mission of beauty, serenity and peace.
Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Time: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Hilton Houston Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, Texas 77056
Visit http://www.islamicartssociety.org/ for more information.



March 21-22, 2020  -  10th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival
Celebrating 10 years of Palestinian heritage and culture in Houston.

Date: March 21-22, 2020
Location: The Water Works, Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine St, Houston, TX 77007
The Houston Palestinian Festival is presented by The Palestinian American Cultural Center.
Visit www.pacchouston.org for more information.



March 21, 2020  -  Amy Goodman in Houston
Come hear Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! Speak on independent media, breaking news and what it’s like reporting about people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues.
Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Location: St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
Tickets are available during KPFT's Winter Membership Drive at $90 for a pair of tickets, or $500 for attendance for 2 at the Meet and Greet.
Call Pledge Central at 713-526-5738 or use our on-line Donation Form to get tickets for this 50th Anniversary event. Please choose Arab Voices on that form.



March 29, 2020  -  American Lebanese Cultural Center Spring Picnic
Join us for the Spring Picnic on March 29th for an afternoon of food, fun, and games! Lunch will be served by Fadi's Mediterranean Grill.
Date: Sunday, March 29, 2020
Time: 11 am - 5 pm

Sugar Land Memorial Park, Sugar Land, TX 77479
Intersection of University Blvd & Commonwealth Blvd
Picnic Ticket (Adults & Children) – $20.00
Price is for Adults and Children 5 years and above
To register, click here.



June 6, 2020  -  American Lebanese Cultural Center Mid-Year Party
Date: June 6, 2020
Time: 7 pm - 11:30 pm
Location: AYVA Center, 9371 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX 77063
For more information, visit https://alcchouston.org/.



July 1-5, 2020  -  Birzeit Society 15th National Convention

Date: July 1-5, 2020
Location: Houston, Texas


August 29, 2020  -  The Ben Qurrah Award Gala
The event honors Arab-Americans who have made remarkable contributions in the field of medicine and who have succeeded in the worldwide advancement of science.
Date: August 29, 2020
Location: Houston, Texas



October 2-4, 2020- 6th Annual Houston Lebanese Festival
Date: October 2-4, 2020
Location: Houston, Texas
More info coming soon.



Hall of Ancient Egypt
Permanent Collection
Safely ensconced in the Sahara desert, and drawing its lifeblood from the river Nile, ancient Egyptian civilization flourished for more than three millennia. A quintessential example of what archaeologists call a primary civilization,” ancient Egypt did not rely on inspiration from others to develop its own architecture, writing and religion—all of Egyptian culture was developed “in house.”

The themes of writing, religion, natural resources and of course mummification will be explored in this new permanent exhibition hall.

When: Members Preview: May 24-30, 2013; Public Opening: May 31, 2013
Location: Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston 77030

Ever since the late 18th century, the Western world has been exploring Egypt. This hall will present artifacts collected during these early days of investigations, and will also compare old-style archaeology with 21st-century approaches, such as using satellite imagery and remote sensing to locate and map ancient settlements. The Museum’s own mummy, Ankh Hap, will be moved to his new surroundings in time for the opening on May 24, 2013.

For more information, click here.

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