“Arab Indianapolis: A Hidden History” Selected for 31st Annual Heartland Film Festival

Indianapolis — Arab Indianapolis: A Hidden History has been chosen for inclusion in the 31st annual Heartland International Film Festival. The documentary will be shown on October 11 at Living Room Theaters and on October 12 at Glendale Landmark Theater. It will also stream from October 6 – 16 on the Heartland Film website. Tickets are available here. The documentary, directed and produced by local … Continue reading “Arab Indianapolis: A Hidden History” Selected for 31st Annual Heartland Film Festival

Curtis wins IU Presidential Arts and Humanities Fellowship

Indianapolis — Edward Curtis is one of eight Indiana University faculty members who have been awarded the inaugural IU Presidential Arts and Humanities Fellowship in 2022. The program aims to accelerate and amplify the work of outstanding IU faculty poised to become national and international leaders in their fields. The first cohort of fellows includes Heather Akou, Edward Curtis, Stephanie DeBoer, Robert Horvath, Lasana Kazembe, … Continue reading Curtis wins IU Presidential Arts and Humanities Fellowship

“Indianapolis Monthly”: Dr. Edward Curtis On Amplifying Indy’s Arab Voices

DR. EDWARD E. CURTIS IV joined us on the heels of the release of his book Arab Indianapolis and documentary Arab Indianapolis: A Hidden History, which recently aired on WFYI, to discuss the film. Dr. Curtis takes a scholarly look at the often-neglected history of Arab Americans in Indianapolis, who have made significant impacts on the region since the late 1800s. Continue reading “Indianapolis Monthly”: Dr. Edward Curtis On Amplifying Indy’s Arab Voices

WISH-TV Coverage of Arab Indianapolis

By Katiera Winfrey (@Katiera_Winfrey), WISH-TV, Jun 6, 2022: Lucas Oil Stadium sits near Capital and South Street now, but 120 years ago, it was home to one of Indy’s first Arabic-speaking communities. An IUPUI professor is leading efforts to bring that history to light with a new book and documentary. In the early 1900s, not too far from Peyton Manning’s statute, sat the entrance of … Continue reading WISH-TV Coverage of Arab Indianapolis

Revised Edition of Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History

The Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History was published originally as a two-volume set from Facts on File in 2010. The revised edition appeared in 2022 as part of Infobase’s K-12 and higher education electronic resources for use in schools, colleges, and libraries; it features dozens of revised entries as well as new content on comics, Michigan City, Humayun Khan, Shahid Khan, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Ilhan Omar, Linda … Continue reading Revised Edition of Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History

Historical Consulting and On-Air Work for Muslim Road Trip

The Great Muslim American Road Trip is a three-part series that airs nationally on PBS in July, 2022. I consulted on historical content with Alex Kronemer, the show’s director; appeared as on-air talent, mostly in the first episode; and then reviewed the historical accuracy of each episode of the series. You can see all of them on PBS. Continue reading Historical Consulting and On-Air Work for Muslim Road Trip

Muslims of the Heartland: How Syrian Immigrants Made a Home in the American Midwest

The American Midwest is often thought of as uniformly white, and shaped exclusively by Christian values. However, this view of the region as an unvarying landscape fails to consider a significant community at its very heart. Muslims of the Heartland uncovers the long history of Muslims in a part of the country where many readers would not expect to find them. Edward E. Curtis IV, … Continue reading Muslims of the Heartland: How Syrian Immigrants Made a Home in the American Midwest

Arab American Heritage Month 2021

It was a busy and fun Arab American Heritage Month for me. I tweeted @EdwardECurtisIV every day of the month about Arab Americans in Indianapolis and other parts of the state. Among the highlights were two original maps charting the growth of Syrian-owned grocery stores from 1915 to 1940 designed by Jeffrey Wilson, professor of geography and Associate Dean for Research at the IU School … Continue reading Arab American Heritage Month 2021

Concluding My Service to the Journal of Africana Religions

After a decade of work to create a viable journal devoted to the study of religion in Africa and the African diaspora, I told my board last week that I was ready to step down. It is a good time for me to do so since the journal is in an incredibly strong position. In addition to co-founder Sylvester Johnson, its editorial team now includes … Continue reading Concluding My Service to the Journal of Africana Religions