The George and Lisa Zakhem Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace at the University of Maryland is an endowed academic program that strengthens understanding between Eastern and Western cultures in general, and the Arab ethos and American values in particular.
- Studying the Pursuit of Peace;
- Exploring Paths toward Peace;
- Examining Common Ground;
- Understanding Cultural Pluralism;
- Highlighting the Contributions of Women toward Peace;
- Deepening Cross-Cultural Understanding;
- Transcending the Barriers of East and West;
- Revisiting Poetry, Literature and Art as Connectors within the Global Village; and
- Celebrating Universal Values
This program will be implemented through research, lectures, seminars, workshops, symposia, conferences and academic publications.
In addition, Director May Rihani will teach courses that resonate with the vision and spirit of the Gibran Chair.
The Gibran Chair is one of the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences' three endowed Peace Chairs. These chairs and their incumbents are each dedicated to the innovative pursuit of global peace and understanding. Through their research, programming, and the inspiring and globally renowned speakers they bring to our campus, BSOS's Peace Chairs work to be the solution to the world's great challenges.