SUMMARY:This panel will explore how the 1967 June War impacted the lives and identities of Arab-Americans, Arabs and non-Arab identified organizations in the U.S. from the late 1960s into the 1970s. We will bring together scholars of modern history and cultural studies from a variety of institutions to discuss the impact the war in the Middle East had on Americans, recent Arab immigrants and Arab Americans, some of whom had been living in the U.S. for generations. This panel sets out to create a conversation on the evolution of perceptions of Arabs in the U.S. and on the ripple effects of the war on people as well as emerging and existent institutions. The first paper will address the era before 1967 and examine how 1967 was – or was not – a watershed moment for Arab Americans through exploring connections with “the Arab homeland” for recent immigrants and for those established in the U.S. in terms of transnational politics, memory and identity. The second panelist will focus on the creation of an important voice for Arab Americans, the Association of Arab American University Graduates, through which there was an increased emphasis on publications and academia. The third panelist will examine the erosion of civil liberties for Arabs in the U.S. during and after Operation Boulder, commenting on how events impacted Arab Americans in the public sphere. The final panelist will address the broader universe of Arab American and sympathetic non-Arab-identified groups (e.g. ANERA, AMEU, AJME, etc.) that came into being in the late 1960s and operated well into the 1970s. The sources for these presentations will necessarily overlap and so will create a lively and interactive discussion in order to engage scholars interested in the 1960s and 1970s, Arab Americans, transnationalism and diaspora.
SPONSOR:Arab American Studies Association (AASA)