Episode 24 - In this episode, we hear from two long time Flint, Michigan residents, Alice Abraham and Liz Baley, whose parents were an integral part of growing the community in Flint starting in the 1930’s. Alice and Liz talk about various memories of Assyrians in Flint during the Great Depression and beyond and what became of the once flourishing Assyrian community.
Episode 23 - Reine Hanna is a Co-Founder and Director of the Assyrian Policy Institute. Together with a dedicated team at the policy institute, Reine helps raise awareness of Assyrian issues, and advocates for the Assyrian homeland by guiding and influencing U.S policy. Much of that advocacy began when Reine co-authored the human rights report “Erasing Assyrians,” which catalogued - in detail - her trip to Iraq in 2016 and 2017. In May, 2018 the first ever Assyrian Policy Conference took place in Washington D.C. Reine now splits her time between her hometown of Skokie, IL and working with policy makers in Washington D.C.
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Episode 22 - This week we hear from Dr. Nicholas Al-Jeloo, the founder of The Assyria Institute (www.facebook.com/AssyriaInstitute). You’ll learn about his journey in pursuing a PhD in Syriac Studies at the University of Sydney, what The Assyria Institute aims to do, as well as his findings and experiences in traveling to the Middle East and documenting precious parts of Assyrian history. You can connect with him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Episode 21 - Ben Eil Dariush! The Assyrian Lion, Beneil Khobier Dariush is an Iranian-born Assyrian-American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Dariush began training Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 2007, earning his black belt in just five years. He was a highly decorated competitor, becoming a no gi world champion as a blue, purple and brown belt. During the first three and a half years of his career, he went undefeated with six wins and no losses. He finished all but one of those wins.
Episode 20 - This week we hear from Reni Stephan, an Assyrian artist, from the Metro Detroit area. Reni focuses on sculptures and oil paintings and he is responsible for the art work displayed inside Ishtar Restaurant in Sterling Heights, MI. You’ll hear Reni talk about his inspirations, past projects, and dreams for the Assyrian arts and the community of artists in this episode. You can learn more about his work via his Facebook page www.facebook.com/reni.stephan
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