Arab Voices Community Calendar/Announcements

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  Last updated January 20, 2019

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January 21, 2019  -  41st Annual “Original” Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Holiday Festival
Join us as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the federal holiday weekend with a commemorative parade and community activities throughout the weekend.
Our parade is held in partnership with the City of Houston and the Black Heritage Society.
Please note the parade will take place in the Downtown Streets near City Hall.
For more information, visit http://blackheritagesociety.org/.



January 23, 2019  -  'This Is Home': Syrian Refugee Documentary Screening and Q&A Discussion

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
Location: Rice Cinema, Rice Media Center, 2030 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
Q & A with Suzy Cop, Executive Director of IRC Texas and Elena Korbut, Community Engagement Leader, Interfaith Ministries
Registration: 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Film Screening: 7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Q&A Pannel Discussion: 8:45 - 9:15 p.m.
'This is Home' follows the lives of four Syrian families as they transition from life in Syria to adjusting in the United States. Displaced from their homes and separated from loved ones, they are given eight months of assistance from the International Rescue Committee to become self-sufficient. As they learn to adapt to challenges such as learning English, getting a job, and being separated from family due to the newly imposed travel ban, their strength and resilience are tested.
It is a universal story, highlighted by humor and heartbreak, about what it's like to start over, no matter the obstacles. We witness the families' struggles and triumphs up close through the drama of everyday life. Through intimate access, this cinema vérité film takes a fresh look at the classic American immigration story and challenges us to see past differences to find common ground. 'This is Home' goes beyond the statistics, headlines, and political rhetoric to tell deeply personal stories, putting a human face on the global refugee crisis.
Organized by the World A
ffairs Council of Houston. For more information, click here.


January 25, 2019  -  The ACC Ladies' Night Out Group

The ACC Ladies' Night Out Group At Bait Al-Arab (ACC)
Date: Friday, January 25th
Time: From 6-9pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099
New year Celebration
The Arab Ladies at Bait Al Arab welcomes all Community Ladies to kickoff our 2019 New year monthly Ladies Night Gatherings to share our new year resolutions, which will take place at ACC on Friday January 25th.

Come join us for a night full of fun and entertainment
• Dress up in formal attire.
• Get your favorite music ready.
• Come ready to share with your new year resolution.
• Let's party and dance .
• Spread the word to all your friends and neighbors.
• Snacks and refreshments will be served.
• Games, raffle Door prize Bazaar and much more.
Don't miss a night full of fun, and entertainment.
Kids between age of 3 and 12 will have to be in a separate room with the babysitter, No exceptions please!
Babysitting will be charged $5.00/child .
The ACC does not bear responsibility for any harm that could happen to your child who is not baby seated.

To book a table for the Bazaar, please contact (832) 351-3366. 


January 26, 2019  -  Lecture | Dr. Nada Shabout

Join art historian and writer Dr. Nada Shabout for a conversation that views Nicolas Moufarrege’s work within the broader context of cultural traditions in Beirut and the Middle East.
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 2 PM – 3 PM
Location: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd, Houston, Texas 77006
About Dr. Nada Shabout
Dr. Nada Shabout is a Professor of Art History and the Coordinator of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative (CAMCSI) at the University of North Texas, Denton. She is the founding president of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran and Turkey (AMCA) and founder and project director of the Modern Art Iraq Archive (MAIA). She was the Consulting Director of Research at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar and the Editor-in-Chief of the Mathaf Encyclopedia of Modern Art and the Arab World. She is the author of Modern Arab Art: Formation of Arab Aesthetics, University of Florida Press, 2007; co-editor with Salwa Mikdadi of New Vision: Arab Art in the 21st Century, Thames & Hudson, 2009; and co-editor with Anneka Lenssen and Sarah Rogers of Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents, part of the International Program at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 2018.


January 29, 2019  -  Texas Muslim Capital Day
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Location: Austin, Texas
More information will be posted as it becomes available. 


February 1, 2019  -  Speaking Truth to Power - Mehdi Hasan in Conversation

Please join us for a compelling conversation with renowned journalist Mehdi Hasan!
Perhaps no topic is as relevant today in the world as speaking truth to power - from regimes who seek to silence journalists to brave voices who stand up for the voiceless, we have entered an era when moral clarity is rare and speaking up for the Truth is risky business. Join us as we welcome Mehdi Hasan to explore this very topic from multiple dimensions.
Date: Friday, February 1, 2019
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Maryam Islamic Center, 504 Sartartia Rd, Sugar Land, Texas 77479
MEHDI HASAN is a columnist and senior contributor at The Intercept. He is the host of The Intercept podcast “Deconstructed.” Hasan is also the host of Al Jazeera English’s “UpFront.” He has interviewed, among others, Edward Snowden, Hamid Karzai, Ehud Olmert, and Gen. Michael Flynn. He is also the author of two books — a biography of former U.K. Labor Party leader Ed Miliband and an e-book on the financial crisis and austerity economics. He is based in Washington, D.C.
Organized by Risala Foundation.


February 11, 2019  -  Soraya Chemaly Presents Rage Becomes Her

Brazos Bookstore is pleased to present Soraya Chemaly, in partnership with Rice University and Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality.
“Relentless and revelatory.” —The New Yorker
“Urgent, enlightening.” —The Washington Post
Rage Becomes Her is an “utterly eye opening” (Bustle) book that gives voice to the causes, expressions, and possibilities of female rage.
Date: Monday, February 11, 2019
Time: 7 PM – 8 PM
Location: Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet St, Houston, Texas 77005
As women, we’ve been urged for so long to bottle up our anger, letting it corrode our bodies and minds in ways we don’t even realize. Yet there are so, so many legitimate reasons for us to feel angry, ranging from blatant, horrifying acts of misogyny to the subtle drip, drip drip of daily sexism that reinforces the absurdly damaging gender norms of our society.

In Rage Becomes Her (Atria Books), Soraya Chemaly argues that our anger is not only justified, it is also an active part of the solution. We are so often encouraged to resist our rage or punished for justifiably expressing it, yet how many remarkable achievements would never have gotten off the ground without the kernel of anger that fueled them? Approached with conscious intention, anger is a vital instrument, a radar for injustice and a catalyst for change. On the flip side, the societal and cultural belittlement of our anger is a cunning way of limiting and controlling our power—one we can no longer abide.

“A work of great spirit and verve” (Time), Rage Becomes Her is a validating, energizing read that will change the way you interact with the world around you.

Soraya Chemaly is an award-winning writer and activist whose work focuses on the role of gender in culture, politics, religion, and media. She is the Director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project and an advocate for women’s freedom of expression and expanded civic and political engagement. A prolific writer and speaker, her articles appear in Time, the Verge, The Guardian, The Nation, HuffPost, and The Atlantic. Follow her on Twitter at @SChemaly and learn more at SorayaChemaly.com.


February 21, 2019  -  Weaponization of Culture: The Role of Culture in Politics
Speaker: Ali Velshi, News Anchor & Business Correspondent, NBC News
Ali Velshi is an MSNBC Anchor, co-host of "MSNBC Live with Velshi & Ruhle" Monday to Friday at 11aET, "Velshi & Ruhle" on Saturday's at 1230pET, and "MSNBC Live with Ali Velshi" Monday to Friday at 3pET. He is also a Business Correspondent for NBC News.
Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time: 5:45PM - 8:00PM
Location: Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004
Culture and diversity can be a tool used to unify a country or nation; however, as seen by recent global political movements, it can also be used to polarize and segment populations. Populist campaigns, both on the left and right of the political spectrum, have served to endorse the social norms and attitudes of those who feel disenfranchised by the establishment. Values have been at the epicenter of debate in recent elections across the Americas and Europe; however, this is not a concept unique to the Western world. In India, identity politics and the relationship to culture also play a major role in the world's largest democracy.

Global Affairs & Economics journalist Ali Velshi examines the current phenomenon and spread of culture wars, and culture's role in both curbing and spreading populist ideas. Ali is back at Asia Society by popular demand to discuss this very important issue facing our community, country, and society.
This event is presented by Asia Society Texas Center. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://asiasociety.org/texas/events/weaponization-culture.



February 22, 2019 - Divided We Fall? Islam in the Age of Identity Politics
Identity politics has become a politically charged term, both on the left and the right. At its most essential core, it is when people of a particular racial, religious, ethnic, social, or cultural identity promote their own specific interests or concerns over that of any larger political group. For Muslims in the West, this term has its own implications. How should Muslims think about identity politics and what are the pros and cons? What does it mean to be an American-Muslim in 2019 America? Join us for a fascinating discussion featuring leading scholars Imam Zaid Shakir and Hatem Bazian. This event is in cooperation with Zaytuna College.

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019

Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: Maryam Islamic Center, 504 Sartartia Rd, Sugar Land, Texas 77479

Free and open to the public. All are welcome.
IMAM ZAID SHAKIR has taught courses in Arabic, Islamic spirituality, contemporary Muslim thought, and Shafi’i fiqh at Zaytuna College. He presently teaches Islamic history and politics. He speaks and writes on a wide range of topics and has become a voice of conscience for American Muslims as well as people of other faiths. He is regularly included as one of the Western world’s most influential Muslim scholars in The Muslim 500, an annual ranking edited by John Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin. He is also one of the signatories of "A Common Word Between Us and You," an open letter by Islamic scholars to Christian leaders that calls for peace and mutual understanding. He holds an M.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University. He is one of three co-founders of Zaytuna College and serves on its Board of Trustees.
DR. HATEM BAZIAN is Provost, Co-Founder and Professor at Zaytuna College. Dr. Bazian is also a Teaching Professor in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bazian is an adviser to the Religion, Politics, and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley. In 2009, he founded the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at UC Berkeley, Editor-in-Chief of the Islamophobia Studies Journal and Founder and Director of the International Islamophobia Studies Consortium. Dr. Bazian is on the board of several organizations, including the Islamic Scholarship Fund, Muslim Legal Fund of America and Muslim Americans for Palestine, for which he is also the founding president.



February 23, 2019  -  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.
Speaker: Naila Seif, President, FECC

Entertainment by: Sal Maktoub (Tanoura dancer)
Bella Donna Dance
AHMED Yacout (singer)
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019
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
Come join us with and evening of fellowship, a wonderful meal, entertainment, and silent & live auctions.
For questions regarding this event, call (713) 822-7073.
FECC is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization.
For more information, visit http://www.fecchouston.org/.


February 28-March 2, 2019  -  Toward a Better Future: Transforming the Climate Crisis
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:00 PM to 4:30 PM on Saturday, March 2, 2019
Join the Rothko Chapel and University of St. Thomas for a three day symposium exploring the current climate crisis, its impact on vulnerable communities, and mitigation efforts being implemented locally and nationally.

Given the global interconnectedness of the climate crisis, the symposium will explore how best to move to a zero emission, low carbon economy through the engagement of presenters from religious, Indigenous, public health, energy, government, philanthropic, academic and arts sectors and communities. A central focus will be on individual and institutional actions, practices and policies that must be taken to create a more livable and equitable future.

Opening Keynote Address, Thursday, February 28, 7pm
Somini Sengupta, New York Times Global Climate Reporter and George Polk Award-winning foreign correspondent

Somini Sengupta, The New York Times’s international climate reporter, tells the stories of communities and landscapes most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. A George Polk Award-winning foreign correspondent, she has reported from a Congo River ferry, a Himalayan glacier, the streets of Baghdad and Mumbai and many places in between. As The Times’s United Nations correspondent, she reported on global challenges from war to women's rights. Her first book, The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India's Young was published in 2016 by W.W. Norton. She grew up in India, Canada and the United States, graduating from the University of California at Berkeley.
Presentations and Panels on Friday, March 1 through Saturday, March 2.
For more details and/or to register, click here.


March 20, 2019  -  U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East with Ambassador Ryan Crocker
During his 37-year Foreign Service career, Ryan Crocker served as U.S. Ambassador to some of the most volatile countries in the world: Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan, and Syria. Most of these countries are in the Middle East, which has been a region of ongoing conflict since the end of World War II. The region has also been of strong interest for the U.S. given its strategic location between Europe and the rest of Asia, and the important role it plays in the global fight on terrorism.
Join Asia Society Texas Center for a conversation with Ambassador Crocker on his thoughts regarding the current U.S. administration's approach to foreign policy in the Middle East and the path forward to a peaceful and sustainable future.
Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Time: 5:45 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004
About the Speaker: Ryan Crocker is a Diplomat in Residence at Princeton University. He is on a leave of absence from Texas A&M, where he is an executive professor and former dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service. He was a career Foreign Service Officer who served six times as an American Ambassador (listed in order of service with first most recent): Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon. Three of these appointments were under Republican administrations and three under Democratic administrations. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, in 2009. Other recent awards include the inaugural Bancroft Award, presented by the Naval Academy in 2016. Also in 2016, he was named an Honorary Fellow of the Literary and Historical Society at University College, Dublin where he was presented the annual James Joyce Award. He is an Honorary Marine.
This event is presented by Asia Society Texas Center. For more information, visit https://asiasociety.org/texas/events/us-foreign-policy-middle-east-ambassador-ryan-crocker.



March 23-24, 2019  -  5th Annual Houston Lebanese Festival
The American Lebanese Cultural Center (ALCC) is excited to announce that the 2019 5th Annual Houston Lebanese Festival will take place on March 23 & 24, 2019 at Constellation Field. Join us to enjoy delicious food, nonstop dancing, and activities for the whole family which include a NEW bazaar this year named "Made in Lebanon" that will bring a range of authentic Lebanese products and brands to you! We will also proudly sponsor a Walk for Hope during the festival weekend as well as contribute a portion of festival entrance proceeds to benefit the Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon, an affiliated hospital of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We look forward to seeing you as we support this great cause together!
Date: March 23-24, 2019
Location: Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Dr, Sugar Land, Texas 77498

For more information, visit www.HoustonLebaneseFestival.com.



April 6-7, 2019  -  9th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival
The Palestinian American Cultural Center Houston presents the 9th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival.
Come join us for our 9th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival on April 6th and 7th for an exposure of the Palestinian culture and heritage right here in downtown Houston.
Every year comes with great excitement to embrace a special aspect of Palestine, this year we would like to showcase the cities lost in 1948.
The Festival will include:
- A new and much larger downtown venue: Water Works at Buffalo Bayou
- An exciting cultural collaboration with Cafe Mawal
- Various Palestinian cuisine from local food vendors
- Cultural music and dance performances from all around Palestine
- Palestinian Pagentry where you watch and learn about Palestinian thobes
- Showcase of a traditional Palestinian wedding
- A new larger kids entertainment section
- A shopping Bazar where you can find Henna tattoos, embroidery, arts, clothing & more
- And much more live entertainment
Date: April 6-7, 2019
Hours: Saturday, 1-10pm & Sunday, 1-9pm
Location: The Water Works, Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine St, Houston, TX 77007
Children’s section hours are extended & will be opened the entire time.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. However, by purchasing online, you get to skip the line and enter the festival without the wait.
Adults: $10
Children 5-11: $5 (includes access to the Kids Zone)
Children under 5: Free
The Houston Palestinian Festival is presented by The Palestinian American Cultural Center.
Visit www.pacchouston.org for more information.



August 30-September 2, 2019  -  56th Annual ISNA Convention
Convention Highlights
Over 200 Renowned Speakers • 500 Vendor Bazaar • Entertainment • Interfaith Reception • Community Service Recognition Luncheon • Qira'at Competition • Matrimonial Banquet • Art Exhibit • Film Festival • Health Fair • Meet the Author Program • Photography Exhibit • Children's Program
Date: Aug 30 - Sep 2, 2019
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston 77010
Registration Will Open 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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