Dr. Jack G. Shaheen (1935-2017) dedicated his life and career to identifying and contesting damaging stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims in US media. His research analyzed the origins of these visual caricatures, explained their stubborn persistence, revealed their very real ramifications, and presented solutions to counter them effectively.
It is in his memory and with his decades of research that the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies travel to New Orleans to present at the 2017 Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Conference. Project collaborators will discuss the processing and digitization of materials from the Jack G. Shaheen Collection on Arabs in U.S. Film and Television, located at the NYU Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Archives, and present a screening of the documentary Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, which is based on a book of the same name by Dr. Shaheen.
Reel Bad Arabs: Lessons from Jack G. Shaheen’s Moving Image Archive
Thursday, November 30, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Brendan Allen (Democracy Now!), Pooja Desai (Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU), Amita Manghnani (Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU), and Greta Scharnweber (Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU) will discuss Jack G. Shaheen (1935-2017)’s lifelong commitment to collecting.
Reel Bad Arabs: Stereotypes and the Moving Image
Friday, December 1, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m
Room: Pelican I – II
A screening of Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People (2006, 50 min.) produced by the Media Education Foundation and written by Dr. Jack G. Shaheen (1935-2017). Followed by a discussion.