A is for Arab: Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture

Powerful, accessible and compelling, A is for Arab, which features images from the Jack G. Shaheen Archive, reveals and critiques the stereotypical portrayals of Arabs and Muslims in U.S. popular culture. Providing historical context about these images which range from film stills to comic books to editorial cartoons, this traveling exhibition aims to educate and stimulate discussion about the impact of stereotypes on both individual perceptions and national policy. A PDF of the exhibition panels is available for download, here.

Dimensions: The exhibition is comprised of 8, double-sided, gator board, each measuring 36″w x 87″h. The bases of the stands are each 8″ deep, 36” wide, and 3” high, and panels are simply installed into the base. With all banners positioned side by side, the exhibition measures a total of 24′ in length, and for ideal viewing, should have a clearance of 12′ on each side. To accommodate smaller spaces, several alternative arrangements are possible; and, if only one side of the exhibition is able to be displayed, the back (black) side of the exhibition can face a wall.



A is for Arab panels (front)


Loan fee: As of September 1, 2013, the loan fee will be $500 in addition to one-way shipping from the previous venue. 100% of loan fee is applied towards the cost of processing and making the Jack G. Shaheen Archive accessible to the public. Individuals who wish to pay the loan fee on behalf of an exhibitor can make the payment as a tax-deductible donation to NYU.

Supplementary materials: Along with the exhibition, A/P/A can provide list of suggested supplementary materials, some of which are available for loan from the A/P/A Institute.

For more information, please contact apa.archives@nyu.edu.


Consider accompanying the exhibition with the following resources developed with the content of the Jack G. Shaheen Archive: 


A is for Arab: Archiving Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture

A is for Arab: Archiving Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture features photographs of objects and materials from the Jack G. Shaheen Archive, and documents U.S. popular culture representations of Arabs and Muslims from the early-20th century to the present.

Film Program

Reel Arabs Vs. Real Arabs: Historicizing/Critiquing/Remaking the Arab Image in Popular Culture

Help your students separate the reel from reality. Take a 100-year historical tour of representations of Arabs and Muslims on film (and discover how Hollywood really began with Orientalist Arab stereotypes) by hosting this film program curated by Jack Shaheen at your school.


The Jack G. Shaheen Archive at Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University is
presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute and the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University