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, and in particular the common ground among cultures.
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“May Rihani's Inaugural Lecture is inspirational reading for all those working for peace, both within the academy and across society. Her theme—that the oneness of humanity is the path to peace—shines like a light on a restless sea.”
— Wallace D. Loh, President of the University of Maryland
On Dec. 7, 2016 the George and Lisa Zakhem Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace presented a groundbreaking symposium, “The Contributions of Arab Women toward a Lasting Peace,” in collaboration with the University of California, Davis. Held in the Juan Ramon Jiménez Room of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, the symposium was organized by Gibran Chair Director May Rihani.
September 21, 2017: Today is World #PeaceDay! The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is home to three unique Peace Chairs, including The George and Lisa Zakhem Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace. May Rihani, Director of the Gibran Chair, delivers a message of #peace and encourages #Terps to promote peace in their own way: http://go.umd.edu/gibranpeace.
Many people in America have read The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran; however, few of us might also know he is a native of Lebanon.
For all of its size–just over 4,000 square miles–Lebanon has produced many gifted people from all walks of life whose significant contributions have benefitted all humanity. They include surgeons, philanthropists, poets, artists, engineers, industrialists, educators, inventors and scientists.
To mark the contributions that are presently being made by people of Lebanese descent, a publishing house in Lebanon has released a list of Lebanon’s most famous sons and daughters.
A New Narrative of Peace: The Vision and Programs of the Gibran Chair is the first publication produced under the auspices of the new Gibran Chair Director May Rihani. This book highlights strategic and pragmatic approaches which make Peace more attainable by detailing the Chair’s vision that Peace is based on three principles: Social Justice, Valuing Diversity, and Ensuring Inclusivity in processes and decision making. The book also emphasizes the importance of deepening the understanding between Eastern and Western cultures in general, and the Arab ethos and American values in particular.