Starting this year, President Joe Biden issued a historic proclamation recognizing National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM) for April. In honor of this proclamation, the Leatherby Libraries presents a display celebrating National Arab American Heritage Month.

This display celebrates the Arab American culture, heritage, and experience and pays tribute to the contributions of Arab Americans and Arabic-speaking Americans. It includes publications such as Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat, a memoir about being a child in the aftermath of the 1967 Six Day War, and Arab-American Faces and Voices: The Origins of An Immigrant Community by Elizabeth Boosahda, a nonfiction book examining the last one hundred years of the Arab American community. Additionally, the display features books, such as What The Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attish, a story that demonstrates one of the many contributions of Arab Americans.

For the first time ever, the display also includes a list of suggested eBooks. Titles such as The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber brings a vibrant, humorous memoir to life. It weaves delicious food memories and illuminates the two cultures of her childhood—American and Jordanian.

Arab Hertiage Month
Check out this display on the first Floor of the Leatherby Libraries through the end of April 2023.

The complete bibliography for this display can be viewed in the Chapman Digital Commons here.

This display is curated by Leatherby Libraries student employees Kalea Brown ’26, Isabella Piechota ’25, and Arianna Tillman ’25.

The Leatherby Libraries’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts align with the Chapman University Strategic Plan for Diversity & Inclusion, fostering a diverse and inclusive campus climate.