Lt. Col. James Jabara

James Jabara 
U.S. Air Force 

Marcelle Wahba

Ambassador Marcelle Wahba
U.S. Foreign Service 


Ahmed Naguib

Ahmed Naguib 
Peace Corps, Rwanda

Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans 
in Service to Our Country

Jan. 5-26, 2013
University of California, Irvine
Student Center
Irvine, CA 92697

Opening Reception Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013  |  4-6 p.m.

Arab Americans have been an integral part of the United States of America since its inception, contributing to our society in myriad ways, including public service. Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country tells true stories of heroism and self-sacrifice that affirm the important role Arab Americans have played in our country throughout its history.

Patriots & Peacemakers highlights three specific areas of service: the U.S. Armed Forces, diplomatic service and the Peace Corps. Personal narratives highlight Arab American men and women of different national and religious backgrounds. The exhibition, created by the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, also encourages visitors to consider how commitment to service impacts them in their daily lives.

This multi-media, interactive traveling exhibit will be displayed at the Student Center of the University of California, Irvine beginning Saturday, Jan. 5 through Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. and is the culmination of four years of research on men and women who have served our nation with dignity, loyalty and sacrifice.

There are several levels of Sponsorships and Tickets available for the Opening Reception on January 13, 2013. Click the buy tickets button for more information. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the event.


Click HERE to view a list of the Southern California Friends of the AANM and those who are sponsoring the presentation of Patriots & Peacemakers (as of Nov. 27, 2012). 

Click HERE to view a list of the Southern California Local Patriots: A selection of patriots with California roots in the national exhibition.

The Middle East Studies Student Initiative (MESSI) is sponsoring workshops on the Arab American experience to complement the exhibition. Workshops scheduled include:

Sunday, January 13th  (12:00 noon) "A Hundred Years' Angeleno" with Gregory Orfalea, author of Angeleno Days: an Arab American Writer on Family, Place and Politics

Sunday,  January 13th  (1:00 pm) Arabic Music 101”  A demonstration by Sami Asmar and Friends

Sunday, January 20th (1:00 pm) “Arabic Calligraphy” with Maece Seirafi

Sunday, January 20th (2:00 pm) “Who are Arab Americans?” with Dr. Faiza Shereen and Rima Nashashibi 

To download and print the Patriots & Peacemakers brochure, click HERE

For the Patriots & Peacemakers bibliography, click HERE.

For information about renting this exhibition, please contact Elizabeth Chilton at 313.624.0227 or HERE.

Patriots & Peacemakers was made possible with support from

Ford Foundation Kresge Foundation

Chevron Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

The AANM gratefully acknowledges the following individuals for their contributions to Patriots & Peacemakers:

Sen. Daniel Inouye; Rep. John D. Dingell; Sen. Carl Levin; Sen. Debbie Stabenow

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