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

Arab Indianapolis Documentary Now Streaming

The documentary, “Arab Indianapolis: A Hidden History,” debuted on WFYI-Indianapolis on June 16. PBS affiliates in Muncie, South Bend, and Evansville will also broadcast the film over the next few months, and continue to stream on PBS for several years. It was underwritten by the Arab Indianapolis Foundation, Inc., and Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities, and produced by Fisher … Continue reading Arab Indianapolis Documentary Now Streaming

Heartland Muslim Book Tour

Hear a talk or attend a book signing for Edward E. Curtis IV, Muslims of the Heartland: How Syrian Immigrants Made a Home in the American Midwest September 29, 2021 Chicago, Illinois (Virtual) American Islamic College Oct. 16, 2021 Michigan City, Indiana Public Library, 7:30   Oct. 27, 2021 Evanston, Illinois (Virtual) Northwestern University, 6PM Jan. 20, 2022 Indianapolis, Indiana (Virtual) Indiana Historical Society, 5:30PM … Continue reading Heartland Muslim Book Tour

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

First Mini-Documentary for Arab Indianapolis is Released

It was so much fun to work with Vinnie Manganello, chromapros.com, on the trailer for ArabIndianapolis.Com, my community history project on the contributions of Arab Americans to Greater Indianapolis. IUPUI Honors student Mickey Yoder and Prof. Paul Mullins provided invaluable assistance on the historical content for the piece. We shot the stand-ups on a Sunday morning and then finished the voice-overs later. I found the … Continue reading First Mini-Documentary for Arab Indianapolis is Released