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A General Guide: Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies

This guide is a starting point for research in any Middle Eastern Studies course at Cleveland State University. Click the TABS below to navigate to the appropriate section of the guide.

Arab-American Stories: A National Dialogue

A 13-part television series, Arab-American Stories: A National Dialogue, was aired on WVIZ/PBS ideastream in fall 2013. These programs were made possible through the generous support of Detroit Public Television and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

SERIES SUMMARY (watch the series online anytime)

Arab American Stories is an Emmy Award-winning 13-part series presented by Detroit Public Television that explores the diversity of the Arab-American experience.  The series was produced by Alicia Sams (who was also the producer/director of the Emmy Award-winning film “By the People:  The Election of Barack Obama”) and is hosted by NPR’s Neda Ulaby.  Each half hour features three short, character-driven documentaries produced by a variety of independent filmmakers which profile Arab Americans making an impact in their community, their profession, their family or the world at large. 

Each week we will meet 3 different Arab Americans whose stories are juxtaposed around a particular theme. The series features people of all walks of life whose stories illustrate the Arab-American experience: artists, scientists, musicians, chefs, actors, businessman, cops, teachers.

For example, we may meet a Lebanese-American butcher whose dedication to his work and family inspired a local theater company to write a performance piece about him. Then we may meet an Egyptian/Polish/American writer who mines her multi-cultural experience for a coming of age novel, or the Lebanese-American cousins who invented the Swarmatron, an electronic instrument which was used on the Academy Award-winning soundtrack of The Social Network.

Arab American Stories was shot all over the country by a team of talented filmmaker/producers who brought their varied experience to the stories. The stories feature Arab Americans of all walks of life who are having an impact – on their communities, their families, or the world at large.