Dr. Jack G. Shaheen

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Internationally acclaimed author and media critic, Dr. Jack G. Shaheen, a Pittsburgh native, is a committed internationalist and a devoted humanist. His lectures and writings illustrate that damaging racial and ethnic stereotypes of Asians, blacks, Native Americans and others injure innocent people. He defines crude caricatures, explains why they persist, and provides workable solutions to help shatter misconceptions.

Dr. Shaheen is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2013); the Honor pays homage to those individuals who have distinguished themselves in the cultural mosaic of America. He has given over 1,000 lectures in nearly all the 50 states and three continents. Among those universities that have welcomed him are Oxford, Amherst, Emory, Harvard, the University of Southern California, West Point, as well as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the White House Truman Center. World capitols where he has spoken include London, Berlin, Paris, Prague, New Delhi, and Cairo. He has consulted with the United Nations, the Los Angeles Commission on Human Relations, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, and New York City's Commission on Civil Rights. And in cooperation with the U.S. Government, he has conducted seminars throughout the Middle East.

Shaheen's telling new book, A is for Arab: Archiving Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture, features telling photographs of objects and materials from the Jack G. Shaheen Archive at New York University (NYU). The book and a special traveling exhibit documents U.S. popular culture representations of Arabs and Muslims from the early-20th century to the present. NYU's Shaheen Archive contains more than 4,000 images including motion pictures, cartoons, and TV programs, as well as toys and games featuring anti-Arab and anti-Muslim depictions.

His other books are: Nuclear War Films, The TV Arab, Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular Culture, the award-winning book [and DVD] Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, and GUILTY Hollywood's Verdict on Arabs after 9/11. His writings include 300-plus essays in publications such as Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, to dozens of chapters on stereotypes in numerous college textbooks.

Dr. Shaheen, an Oxford Research Scholar, is the recipient of two Fulbright teaching awards; he holds degrees from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of
Missouri. He has appeared on national network programs such as CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, Nightline, Good Morning America, 48 Hours, and The Today Show.

Among Dr. Shaheen's awards recognizing his "outstanding contribution towards a better understanding of our global community" are: The University of Pennsylvania's Janet Lee Stevens Award; the American Arab Anti- Discrimination Committee's Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of "his lifelong commitment to bring a better understanding towards peace for all mankind;" and the Pancho Be Award for "the advancement of humanity." Pancho Be, a Mayan phrase, means to seek the root of truth.

Shaheen, a CBS News Consultant on Middle East Affairs from 1993-98, also served as a professional film consultant. He has worked with writers and producers such as writer-director Steve Gaghan on Syriana (2005); and producer Chuck Roven on Three Kings (1999).