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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Two Items About Jack Shaheen and Arab Stereotypes in Film

Jack Shaheen, an academic and media critic who has made a career out of analyzing stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims in books, movies, and television, is making news in couple of different ways.

First, Turner Classic Movies is running a series on Race and Hollywood: Arab Images on Film, in which Jack will join with TCM's Robert Osborne to analyze the films. The good news is, it runs all month on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The bad news is, it started last night. The schedule and films are here.

For those of you who've never seen Jack do his thing, he's invariably witty and entertaining, and unless he's mellowing with age I'll be surprised if he doesn't steal the show from the somewhat stuffy Osborne. I've done several programs with Jack, and he always was the star of the show.

In other Shaheen news, he has donated his archive to the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Middle East Studies at NYU and the A/P/A Institute, also at NYU. They have a video in which he discusses his collection and his work:

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