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Happy Arab American Heritage Month!

Arab American Heritage at SXU

Did you know there's a Middle Eastern Studies program here at SXU.

The Middle Eastern Studies minor contributes to the mission of the University and its core values of respect, service, hospitality, diversity and learning for life by providing coursework, study abroad, community partnerships and events that promote learning about and understanding of the Middle East, its various peoples, geographies, religions, languages and cultures. Students from a variety of disciplines will find the minor of interest, including those in business, nursing and education whose future clients, patients and students may be of Middle Eastern descent. Middle Eastern-American students may also find this coursework beneficial in learning more about their cultural heritage and immigrant experience. Area residents with Middle Eastern backgrounds, especially those in southwest Chicago, or those with an interest in the Middle Eastern history, culture, religions and contemporary events will also find the minor helpful in promoting lifelong learning and mutual understanding.

Did you also know that the Haddad Room in the Stump Library is named for Doctors Safia and Hassan (Husni) Haddad? They worked at Saint Xavier for many years. The Haddad Peace Scholarship celebrates the Haddads and their legacy. 

More About Arab American Heritage Month

We celebrate Arab-American Heritage Month in April, and have since it was passed into law at the federal level in 2016 and in Illinois in 2018. Before this, Chicago and the state of Illinois celebrated Arab-American Heritage Month in November

Stay Tuned For More!

There may be a series of programs in the Library to celebrate.  So stay tuned!

Novels & Short Stories

Voices, Activists, & More

Young Adult Novels

Youth Nonfiction



Middle Grade & Elementary Novels

Films & Documentaries

Memoirs & More


Picture Books

Chicago's Arab Community

Did you know that Chicago has an Arab community for over one hundred years? Learn more about the community with these selected articles. 

Organizations and More


You can visit these in person!

These live online:

Local Community & Cultural Centers 

Check out these local organizations and cultural institutions! 


Performing Arts

In Chicago

Beyond Chicago



Film Resources

Can't get enough film? Check out these film festivals and more!

Selected Immigrant Rights & Resources

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