Mellon Foundation Public Humanities Fellowship

I was blessed to spend eight weeks (May – July 2015) working as a Mellon Public Humanities Fellow at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The Rackham Graduate School at U-M featured my work in this article.


Photo by Bruce Harkness

I collaborated with a team of educators in order to survey their existing educational materials, understand their audiences, clarify their needs, and produce materials in order to meet those needs.


Working in the museum library

I drew on my academic research, specifically my work on Arab American diaspora communities and on Arab American women, in order to produce a new Prezi on Arab American History & Culture. I also created two new presentations on Arab American Women and Arab Diaspora communities in the U.S.

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From a Prezi on Arab American History & Culture

I  learned a great deal about the Arab American National Museum’s history, organizational structure, educational materials, exhibits, curation process, event planning, community collaborations, and donor relations/fundraising. This was a great experience!