Who was Dr. Jack G. Shaheen?
Born in 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Jack G. Shaheen dedicated his career to identifying and contesting damaging stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims in US media. A professor, author, and NYU Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Dr. Shaheen, with the help of his wife Bernice Shaheen, collected over 3,000 moving images, and paper ephemera that depict Arabs and Muslims. In 2010, the Jack G. Shaheen Collection on Arabs in U.S. Film and Television was donated to the NYU Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive.
Dr. Shaheen was the author of The TV Arab (1984), Guilty: Hollywood’s Verdict on Arabs after 9/11 (2008), and the award-winning Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People (2001, 2009), which was produced as a documentary by the Media Education Foundation. He was an Oxford Research Scholar, and served as a consultant to the Los Angeles Commission on Human Relations, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and New York City’s Commission on Civil Rights. Dr. Shaheen was the recipient of two Fulbright teaching awards, the University of Pennsylvania’s Janet Lee Stevens Award, the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Archangel Michael Award (from the Greek Orthodox church), and the Pancho Be Award. He is survived by his wife Bernice Shaheen, children Michele Tasoff and Michael Shaheen, and four grandchildren. ...continued in comment section... ___
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