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 Welcome to the Arab-American Educational Foundation

The Arab-American Educational Foundation, Inc. (AAEF) was established in Houston in 1985 as a non-profit organization with the mission to promote understanding of Arab culture, history and language, through the endowment of university chairs and the sponsoring of academic programs, lecture series, cultural performances, scholarships, and research. The AAEF has produced many successful events in the Houston area to educate the local community. The AAEF has also established the first Chair of Arab Studies in Houston, initiated at Rice University. Currently, the AAEF has successfully raised the necessary $1 million in an endowment campaign to establish a second Chair of Arab Studies in the area, at the University of Houston. We are very proud of our achievements on behalf of the Arab-American community, and invite you to join us in making as well as preserving history.


Current Projects


 AAEF Events

The AAEF is conducting discussions with the two chairs of Arab History and Middle East studies in Houston and university leadership to create a Center for Arab Studies. Please check back soon for more information.

The AAEF Hosts Social to Celebrate Establishing Chair of Arab Studies at University of Houston

An event was hosted on Friday, April 10, 2015, to celebrate the establishment of the Chair of Arab Studies. More than 150 guests attended the event at the Alumni Center.

Read more in:

Middle East Online

The Arab Weekly

Nijad and Zeina Fares
Arab-American Educational Foundation Annual Distinguished Lecture in Modern Arab Studies

"1918: The End of the Great War in the Middle East and the Genesis of a Century of Conflict"

Eugene Rogan, PhD
Professor at the University of Oxford

Thursday, February 1, 2017
Reception 6:00 pm
Lecture 6:30 pm

University of Houston Alumni Association
O'Quinn Great Hall
3204 Cullen Boulevard
Nearest parking: TDECU Stadium Garage at 3579 Scott Street, Houston, TX 77004

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The Arab-American Educational Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 270333
Houston, Texas 77277-0333


Celebration of First Chair of Arab Studies at the University of Houston


Endowment Campaign for the University of Houston Chair of Modern Arab Studies


We invite you to view our endowment campaign video and lecture videos at the links below.

Celebration of Chair of Arab Studies at University of Houston, April 2015

Shawqi Kassis Lecture at Rice University, November 2014

Robert Fisk Lecture at Rice University, May 2014

Charles Hirschkind Lecture at Rice University, April 2014

Ussama Makdisi Lecture at Rice University, March 2014
Marcel Khalife Lecture at Rothko Chapel
, April 2012

Anthony Shadid Lecture
, October 2011

Poet Adonis Lecture
, October 2010