The 2018 Bigfoot Snowshoe Race

January 20, 2018 Fitness, Running

Despite the unseasonably warm weather, we were fortunate enough to have enough quality snow on the trails in Traverse City for the annual Bigfoot Snowshoe Race presented by Running Fit. This race is among the biggest snowshoe races in the nation and it serves as a qualifier for the U.S. Snowshoe Association’s championship race. I ran the race once before in 2007. That was my first time on snowshoes. I ended up winning my age group, but I didn’t realizeRead More

Exploring the Ring Road in Iceland

January 18, 2018 Travel

I’ve been remiss in sharing an update on our exploration of Iceland’s Ring Road. In fact, it’s been over seven months since our trip to the island of fire and ice. Looking back, this ranks among my favorite trips abroad. There is so much to see and experience in this small, remote nation. For one, there is an abundance of wildlife! The joke is that there are twice as many sheep in Iceland as people (total human population is underRead More

Reflections on Leadership

December 18, 2017 Leadership

As part of our capstone for the 2016-17 American Express NGen Fellows program with Independent Sector, our crew created a series of podcasts and blogs on emerging issues in the nonprofit sector. The first blog post, which I had the privilege to write, and the corresponding podcast by three of my talented colleagues, are now live. The views expressed do not necessarily represent those of American Express or Independent Sector. As I reflect on the insightful commentary expressed in myRead More

TAKREEM Award for Cultural Excellence

November 27, 2017 Work

On Saturday, November 25, 2017, the Arab American National Museum was honored with a TAKREEM award for Cultural Excellence in Amman, Jordan. TAKREEM, founded in 2009, aims to “honor Arab’s accomplishments and bring Arab achievers to the forefront of the globe stage, defying the negative perceptions that have plagued the region and becoming a source of inspiration to the Arab youth in their search for role models.” We are honored and humbled to be a TAKREEM 2017 laureate. This prestigiousRead More

Amman, Jordan

November 27, 2017 Travel

Images from a visit to Amman, Jordan.

Busy Week of Conference Presentations & Events

November 1, 2017 Work

An incredibly busy week has come to an end. To kick things off, Independent Sector hosted its 2017 conference, Our Common Future, in Detroit. In addition to completing my American Express NGen Fellowship, I had the pleasure of hosting a the Detroit Inside And Out: Refugees And Immigration Tour at the Arab American National Museum as part of the conference program. Much gratitude to the forty people who choose to spend their morning learning about the museum and the localRead More

Tour de Livingston Century Ride

October 8, 2017 Adventure, Cycling, Fitness

I enjoyed a beautiful century ride with friends during the 2017 Tour de Livingston earlier today. This was our last major ride of the season. It’s now time to turn our attention to some serious gravel grinders, including the 209-mile Coast to Coast race, in the first half of 2018.

Interview with the Museum Archipelago podcast

August 31, 2017 Media

I recently had the chance to speak with Ian Elsner, host of the podcast Museum Archipelago, about the work of the Arab American National Museum. Museum Archipelago is an “audio guide through the landscape of museums.” Our conversation, featured on episode 26, is now live.

Yalla Eat! Program Featured On NPR

August 29, 2017 Work

The Arab American National Museum’s Yalla Eat! culinary program was recently featured on NPR’s The Salt. We’re incredibly honored our work is garnering national coverage. The tour is a key component of our institution’s work towards embedding museum experiences into the local community; dispelling stereotypes and misconceptions about Arab Americans; and working with the community to tell our story. Read on! Unlike most museums, the Yalla Eat! tours take people outside of the building and into the community. People whoRead More

Epicenter X: Saudi Contemporary Art

July 16, 2017 Work

This past week, the Arab American National Museum opened a new exhibition entitled Epicenter X: Saudi Contemporary Art. Epicenter X represents the first exhibition of its kind from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to appear in Michigan. Epicenter X explores contemporary Saudi culture by promoting meaningful dialogue between Saudi artists and U.S. audiences. Furthermore, the exhibition sheds light on the vast diversity of contemporary artistic practice in Saudi Arabia. Cutting through the political discourse of media outlets and government officials, theRead More