Arab Cultural Studies Program Council Members
Dr. Michael Daher, who serves as Director of the Arab Cultural Studies Program, has taught English and American literature at HFC since 1981. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Wayne State University in English Language and Literature, with a specialty in American cultures. Daher taught from 1985 to 1987 as a Senior Fulbright Professor at Damascus University, has written and co-produced radio features on Arab and Arab-American culture for National Public Radio, and between 2005 and 2008 acted as project author and director for several National Endowment for the Humanities “Landmarks of American History and Culture” workshops designed to develop college curricula that explore the achievements of Henry Ford as an industrial innovator, and identify the limitations of Ford in recognizing the breadth and depth of cultural diversity.
Chair of the Art History program at Henry Ford College, and lecturer at local and national universities, Dr. Al-Tawil teaches and researches the history, art, and culture of the Arab world, as well as the medieval and Islamic visual traditions. Al-Tawil holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Iowa and a FGA from the College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian and Islamic Art Forum at the Detroit Institute of Arts and earned a senior Fulbright research award in 2007 to explore aspects of twelfth-century Islamic Arabic culture in Sicily.
Mr. Bazzi holds a BS in Pure Mathematics from the University of Lebanon in Beirut, Lebanon, and an MA in Mathematics from Wayne State University. Being the secretary/treasurer of the Michigan Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges since 2002, Bazzi has been very active in the planning of the future needs of community college students in Michigan. Given his interest in educational technology, Bazzi has presented locally and nationally on incorporating technology in the classroom and its impact on teaching and learning. At the state level, Bazzi is currently involved in the creation of new Math Pathways that would allow students to complete a college-level math course much more quickly than they would using the current traditional paths.
Mr. Kearney has served as a full-time faculty member in the Criminal Justice Program at HFC for ten years. In addition he is the faculty mentor for the student Criminal Justice Club. Kearney believes that it is absolutely essential that HFC maintain a positive relationship with the surrounding community and stresses that philosophy in all of his interactions with students.
Mr. Nouri has served as a counselor at HFC since 2000, providing personal, academic, career, and cross cultural counseling with a special focus on at-risk bilingual students. He began his professional life as a mental health therapist at ACCESS, working primarily with adolescents and young adults who suffered traumas. Although trained as a professional counselor, he has also studied film and worked on film sets and post production for his father, a film maker; Nouri designed and coordinated Arab Film festivals in 200 and 2002 at HFC.