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
Please note the parade will take
place in the Downtown Streets
near City Hall.
For more information,
January 23, 2019 -
'This Is Home': Syrian Refugee Documentary Screening and Q&A
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
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 Affairs
Council of Houston. For more information,
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.
TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT, please click
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 .
TO RESERVE A SEAT TO YOUR CHILD, please click
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)
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
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
Organized by Risala
February 11, 2019 -
Soraya Chemaly Presents Rage Becomes
Brazos Bookstore is
pleased to present Soraya Chemaly, in partnership with Rice
University and Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender
“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,
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
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
This event is presented
by Asia Society Texas Center. For more information or to
purchase tickets, visit
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
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
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,
Entertainment by: Sal Maktoub (Tanoura dancer)
Bella Donna Dance
AHMED Yacout (singer)
Date: Saturday, February
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
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,
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
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
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
Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Dr, Sugar Land, Texas 77498
For more information, visit
April 6-7, 2019 - 9th Annual Houston
The Palestinian American Cultural Center Houston presents
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
- An exciting cultural collaboration with Cafe Mawal
- Various Palestinian cuisine from local food vendors
- Cultural music and dance performances from all around
- Palestinian Pagentry where you watch and learn about
- 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
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.
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.
www.pacchouston.org for more information.
August 30-September 2, 2019 - 56th
Annual ISNA Convention
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
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
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
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,
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