CAC 2017 Summer Camp

Register Today and Save Your Child Place in the Camp!

Join us for fun 8 days of Arabic language learning and cultural education through games, singing, music, dancing, arts, cooking, and much more! Fun atmosphere with highly educated and motivated teachers and excellent methods to  give students the best skills and information!

When: July 31- August 10, 2017. Monday- Thursday 10 am- 3 pm/ Extended Day: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Where: Mt. Ida College- Ricker Hall 777 Dedham St. Newon, MA


Regular Day: 10 am-3:00 pm $400/ student for both weeks

Extended day: 8:30 am-5:30 pm: $600/ student for both weeks

Minimum Age: 4 years old (we encourage a parent presence with little kids)

To register: email us at: or call 617-893-1176

you can register online Here

Or mail a check with the registration form to:

Center for Arabic Culture 191 Highland Av. Suite 6B Somerville, MA 02143



Greater Boston Writers Resist!

Boston, MA | Sunday, January 15th is the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr, and on that day—five days before Donald Trump takes his oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution—hundreds of Greater Boston residents will come together to re-inaugurate their shared commitment to the rights and values that are essential to American democracy.

Greater Boston Writers Resist will feature readings and performances by authors, artists, young writers, and special guests. In resistance to the divisive and increasingly hostile political climate, this event will re-affirm the unifying democratic pillars now under threat, such as freedom of expression, freedom of the press, freedom of worship, equality, and diversity. This event is free to all.

January 15, 2017 / 1:30–4:30 pm

Rabb Hall, Boston Public Library
Entrance at 700 Boylston St.

Participants in the program include Rob Arnold, Jabari Asim, Liana Asim, James Carroll, Martha Collins, Chris Cooper, Laura van den Berg, Danielle Legros Georges, Jennifer Haigh, Rachel Kadish, Helen Elaine Lee, Giles Li, Jennifer De Leon, Marianne Leone, Pablo Medina, Alma Richeh, Paul Yoon, young writers from the Greater Boston area, and special guests.

Greater Boston Writers Resist is independently organized and co-sponsored by The Critical Flame, PEN New England, Beacon Press, Aforementioned Productions, AGNI, Arrowsmith Press, Black Ocean, Blacksmith House Poetry Series, Boston Review, the Center for Arabic Culture, the City of Boston’s Office of New Bostonians and the Office of the Poet Laureate, CONSEQUENCE Magazine, the Dominican Development Center, the Greater Boston Latino Network, Grub Street, Harvard Bookstore, Harvard Review, Louder than a Bomb, Mass LEAP, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, Memorious, Ploughshares, The Poets’ Theater, PoemWorks, Post Road, Salamander, and the UMASS-Boston Creative Writing MFA.

Writers Resist demonstrations will take place on January 15 in more than fifty cities across three continents, an international counter-inaugural demonstration.

For Immediate Release:January 4, 2016

Contact: Daniel Evans Pritchard Editor, The Critical Flame

CAC 2017 Art Calendar

Twelve distinguished American and Arab- American artists across the country entrusted us with their artwork and allowed us to create the first CAC calendar for 2017!

We will sell this calendar as a fundraising project to support the CAC programs and events!

If you would like to have this calendar, please mail a check of $20 (shipping Included) with your address and we will mail the calendar back to you!

Mail your check to Center for Arabic Culture 191 Highland Av. 6B Somerville, MA 02143

With your support we can always be pioneers in spreading Arabic arts and culture as a bridge of love, tolerance, and understanding.

Your donation is tax exempt!


Trans-Arab Research Institute: Scholarship Donations

Trans-Arab Research Institute

The Naseer Aruri/Mujid Kazimi Palestinian Students Scholarship


Dear CAC Community:

As you well know, the future of Palestine depends on developing its human resources.  Educating the young is the top priority for sustaining and leading the Palestinian people to a better future.  There are no shortcuts to that future.  Patience and steadfastness (“Sumuud”) are required to ensure that a constant supply of informed, skilled, and determined Palestinians graduate from Palestinian universities and go on to contribute to the social, economic, cultural, scientific, and political fabric of their community.

Palestinian families do not always have the financial means to send their children to institutions of higher learning.  We all know about the economic conditions imposed on Palestinians by the Occupying Power.  Yet we also know of the success and contributions of those who have managed to enroll in a university, graduate, and go on to enrich their community.  More, many more, are needed.  Together, we can help.  No effort is too little.

We are asking you today to contribute to the Naseer Aruri/Mujid Kazimi Palestinian Students Scholarship, which was established by the Trans-Arab Research Institute (TARI) to honor the memory of these two outstanding Palestinian scholars and educators.  Scholarships under this program are given to qualified Palestinian students enrolled in Palestinian universities in Gaza and the West Bank, including Jerusalem.  TARI is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.  As such, your contribution is tax-exempt.  The Scholarship Selection Committee is made up of:  Joyce Aruri, Nazik Kazimi, and Leila Farsakh.

Your contribution to the Scholarship fund will help finance tuition fees for as many qualified and financially needy Palestinian students as total annual donations allow.  Scholarship awards will be made yearly.

Please fill out the enclosed pledge form and mail it with your contribution.  We thank you in advance for your consideration of supporting Palestinian students in Palestine.

For further information, you can contact either Joyce Aruri at or Nazik Kazimi at


The Scholarship Selection Committee:

Joyce Aruri, Nazik Kazimi, and Leila Farsakh




If you would like to donate, download and complete the following form:




Please contact, or with any questions!

Between Allah and Me

In Collaboration with
the Arlington International Film Festival,
CAC is Proud to Co-Present:

Between Allah and Me

(and Everyone Else) (60 min)

Kyoko Yokomad, Writer/Director | Canada | 2014 | Doc


When: Sunday, October 30 at 2:20PM

Where: Captiol Theatre, Arlington, MA

About the Film: The film explores the challenges of four Canadian Muslim women making decisions either to start or stop wearing hijab, unveiling how the hijab carries many diverse meanings and messages, and its intricate and complex effects on Muslim women, their families and communities, and the larger multicultural society.


Twitter: @hijabdoc



This year’s Arlington International Film Festival takes place from October 27 – 30.

View their full program of events here!

The Arlington International Film Festival’s mission is to foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film — to nurture the next generation of filmmakers within our community. We screen narrative and documentary features and shorts plus a special category of short films by High School Student Filmmakers. Panel discussions and/or Q&A’s follow many special screenings, framing provocative conversations with filmmakers/producers, academics, as well as the business community.


Lebanese Film Showing to Benefit "Friends of the House of Hope Shelter, Inc."


Friends of the

House of Hope Shelter, Inc.



The Lebanese film:


Abbout Productions & MC Distribution


Friday, October 14, 2016

Doors open 7 p.m. • Film 7:30


Hellenic College

Maliotis Cultural Center

50 Goddard Avenue

Brookline, MA 02445




$20 in advance • $25 at the door

For tickets:

Telephone: Jeymie 857.389.1239 | Camile 617.335.7705

Make Arab-Americans Count in U.S. Census!


Did you know that Arab Americans and many more ethnic groups are not counted in data like the U.S. Census? We can’t allow for these communities to be made invisible.

Click here to sign a letter by Oct. 31 in support of a Middle East & North Africa (MENA) category so that we can finally be counted. It takes less than a minute! #CountMENA

CAC Fall 2016 Film Screenings

The Center for Arabic Culture &

The Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT

Proudly Present


Three Film Screenings This Fall 2016!

Our films are free and open to the public. Each film will be followed by guided discussion. The Center for Arabic Culture is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the Arabic Culture in all of its regional and historic varieties and links to other culture in an open, democratic, and humanistic way.


September Film: “Where Should the Birds Fly” (2013)

Where Should The Birds Fly is the first film about Gaza made by Palestinians living the reality of Israel’s siege and blockade of this tiny enclave. It is the story of two young women, survivors of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead. Mona Samouni, now 12 years old and the filmmaker, Fida Qishta, now 27, represent the spirit and future of Palestinians. The film reveals the stregth and hope, the humanity and humor that flourishes among the people of Gaza. Few films document so powerfully and personally the impact of modern warfare and sanctions on a civilian population. The film itself breaks the blockade.

With Our Guest Speaker Professor Amahl Bishara


Date: September 30th, 2016

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Center for Arabic Culture

191 Highland Ave Suite 6B. Somerville, MA 02143


October Film: “Desert Flower” (2009)

The autobiography of a Somalian nomad circumcised at 3, sold in marriage at 13, fled from Africa a while later to become finally an American supermodel and is now at the age of 38, the UN spokeswoman against female genital mutilation (FGM).

With Our Guest Speaker Professor Deina Abdulkader


Date: October 21st, 2016

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Center for Arabic Culture

191 Highland Ave Suite 6B. Somerville, MA 02143


November Film: Edward Said On Orientalism (1998) 

The film discusses Edward W. Said’s provocative work. His hypothesis in his book Orientalism is re­presented along with his take on a variety of contemporary issues of cultural, historical and global importance.


Date: November 11, 2016

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Center for Arabic Culture

191 Highland Ave Suite 6B. Somerville, MA 02143


Special Thanks to the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT for Collaborating with us in this Film Screening Program! 

Stay tuned for more information!