Pepperdine Hosts Panel Discussion

(Left) Ahmed Ahmed, an Egyptian-American actor, comedian, producer and director; William Nix, Chairman of the Creative Projects Group

Panelists at Pepperdine University discussed Arab representation in media with an opening reception of the “A is for Arabs” exhibit featuring images from Jack Shaheen’s archive at New York University.

Shaheen’s research analyzes the origins of stereotypes in American media and solutions to effectively counter them.

Guests watched a screening of “Reel Bad Arabs” and spoke with industry professionals on the obstacles and ramifications of stereotyped representations during a panel discussion led by William Nix.

Panel members included Lorraine Ali, senior writer for the Los Angeles Times; Rob Shalhoub, screenwriter and producer; Renee Tajima-Pena, professor and director of UCLA’s Center for EthnoCommunications; Ahmed Ahmed, an Egyptian-American actor, comedian and director.