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Arab American Heritage Month 2021: Home

Happy Arab American Heritage Month!

Arab American Heritage at SXU

There's a Middle Eastern Studies program here at SXU! Email Dr. Saca ( to learn more.

Did you 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


Check out the 2020 virtual display for Arab American Heritage Month! It's available wherever you have internet access. 

Prefer lists? Here's a list of all the books and films on this virtual display. 


Do you, or a family member, need information on COVID-19 in Arabic? It's available from the state of Illinois as well as the CDC.

Novels & Short Stories


Middle Grade & Elementary Books


Films & Documentaries

Picture Books

Memoirs & More

Young Adult 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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