Anan Ameri has lived the immigrant story she and her staff document in the Arab American National Museum. Here we discuss her personal journey starting in the Middle East, moving to the United States, and ultimately landing in an environment that permitted her to launch a museum.
Anan Ameri, director of the Arab American National Museum, lived in Jerusalem, Jordan, and Lebanon before coming to the Detroit area. Highlights from this segment include:
- Anan obtained her doctorate from Wayne State University and briefly taught at the university level.
- Anan decided she was most comfortable doing community work. This work involves harnessing networks of people to get to a common goal.
- She views the establishment of the Arab American National Museum as the crowning acheivement of her career.
- In the near term, she is looking to expand the current location's square footage. She would also like for more traveling exhibits to originate from the current museum.
- Ultimately, she sees no reason there could not be multiple, affiliated Arab American National Museums established around the country.