Arab American Stories

Illinois has the 7th-largest population of Arab Americans in the county, yet many non-Arabs know little about them.

Illinois Public Media, in collaboration with Detroit Public TV, is pleased to present the voices of Arab Americans via a special TV series and community event for teachers.


If you are a middle-school or high-school teacher, come to our special dinner/dessert event on October 29, 2013 from 5pm-7pm at Illinois Public Media (WILL radio.TV.online).  We are looking for 20 middle school and high school social studies and language arts teachers to participate in a conversation about Arab Americans and brainstorm ways to use this new public television video series in their classrooms. The series can be used to help your students increase their understanding of Arab American history, culture, diversity and contributions to society.

Learn more about the event by emailing Kimberlie Kranich, Director of Community Content and Engagement. Register now at Eventbrite.

Watch Arab American Stories on WILL-TV this Sunday, October 27:

1:00pm - 1:30pm Civic Leaders

Arab Americans are civic leaders working to protect the rights of all Americans. Featuring a teacher and political candidate, a union organizer and two attorneys.

1:30pm - 2:00pm Artists

Talented and artistic Arab Americans are charting their own course in very competitive fields. Featuring an opera star, an actress and playwright and a fashion designer.

2:00pm - 2:30pm Lasting Contributions

Arab-Americans have made lasting contributions to American institutions.  Featuring a public relations executive, a development director at a human service agency and a radio host.

2:30pm - 3:00pm A New Generation

A new generation of Arab Americans are making their mark.

Watch all 13 Episodes On-Line: Arab American Stories