The Markaz joins MPAC's Hollywood Bureau and other community organizations on August 23 in honoring the groundbreaking work and lifelong commitment of Dr. Jack Shaheen, an academic and media critic who deconstructed simplistic stereotypes about Arabs and Muslims in film, TV and news media. Shaheen died July 10th at age 81, and had been an advisor and lecturer to the Los Angeles community as well as an advisor of the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn. He last spoke at The Markaz in 2012 (pictured below with his daughter Michèle Tasoff, a television producer).
Guest speakers at the memorial include MPAC's Salam Al-Marayati, actors Haaz Sleiman and Maz Jobrani, and The Markaz's new acting director, Alfred Madain.
Celebrating the Life of Dr. Jack Shaheen takes place on Wed., Aug. 23, 6:30 pm at the Islamic Center of Southern California, 434 S. Vermont Ave. LA 90005 (just north of Wilshire Blvd.). Street and some free lot parking is available. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly advised. RSVP below or to email@example.com.
Shaheen was the author of Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, one of the first scholarly works to document American media's negative portrayal of Arabs/Muslims over several decades. A documentary by the same name was produced in 2006.
He was also the author of The TV Arab; Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular Culture, and Guilty: Hollywood's Verdict on Arabs After 9/11.
The son of immigrants from Lebanon, Shaheen grew up in Pennsylvania. He won a Fulbright and taught at the American University of Beirut in 1975. Over time, studying the U.S. media vilification of people from the Middle East, he became a noted expert on anti-Arab and Muslim bias.
Other community organizations cosponsoring this program include the Network of Arab-American Professionals, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the American Film & Media Institute.
- August 23, 2017 at 6:30pm – 8pm
- Islamic Center of Southern California, 434 S. Vermont Ave., LA 90005
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