The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) invites you to join us in celebrating the 2020 Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Awards recipients and their accomplishments.
The purpose of the awards is to honor Arab-Americans who excel in media studies, including journalism, radio, television, and/or film by rewarding them with a scholarship named after the late Dr. Jack Shaheen.
Dr. Jack Shaheen, internationally recognized American-Arab academic, author, lecturer and media critic, wrote the award-winning book and film, Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People. Dr. Shaheen addressed orientalism and combatted Arab and Muslim racism in western media. He and his wife Bernice established this scholarship so that new generations of students can continue his vision by working to dispel damaging cultural images, offering insights drawn directly from their heritage to bring about positive change.
The recipients of the 2020 Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Awards are:
- Munir M. Atalla – Columbia University
- Omar Hammad – Rutgers University
- Marwa Moaz – American University
- Lauren Sfeir – Whitworth University
- Michael Zalta – Goldsmiths University of London
Bios of the awardees:
Omar Hammad is a Ph.D. candidate in the Media Studies doctoral program at Rutgers University. His research examines the intersections of Islam, racial identity, gender, and civic engagement on social network sites. In 2018, Hammad was awarded the top graduate student paper at the New Jersey Communications Conference. That same year he helped to launch the marketing campaign of a Yemeni American charitable organization, Mercy Bakery, which provides rations of bread to the malnourished people of Yemen. This June, Omar won the First-Place Student Paper Award from the Religion and Media Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Lauren B. Sfier grew up right in the heart of Beirut, Lebanon until she was about 15. After that, she moved to Sandpoint, ID in America, where she first discovered my love for photography and journalism. Lauren used all my savings to buy herself her first DSLR camera and from there joined her high school publications. Lauren is majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications at Whitworth University in WA. It is her second year serving as the yearbook photo editor and the Communications Specialist for the Dornsife Center for Community Engagement. Lauren’s overall career goal after graduation is to be hired as a communications specialist.
We wish all the best of luck to our 2020 scholarship recipients! Thank you for being wonderful representations of the Arab-American community.
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