The 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.
In the three years of 2017, 2018, and 2019 the visibility of the Gibran Chair on the world stage has increased immensely.
In these three years, the Gibran Chair has held events in:
- The University of Maryland, College Park MD, USA (home of the Gibran Chair)
- Embassy of Lebanon, Washington DC, US (Lebanon is Gibran's home country)
- New York City, NY, USA (where Gibran lived and produced some of his most famous works)
- Dearborn, Michigan: US (which historically and today hosts one of the largest Arab American populations in the US)
- Beirut: Lebanon (where Gibran lived and studied at Al-Hikma School)
- Bshari: Lebanon (where Gibran was born)
- Rabat: Morocco (where there is a school named after Gibran)
- Amman: Jordan (where the Gibran Chair held a Symposium)
- Kuwait City: Kuwait (where the Gibran Chair held a Symposium)
- London: United Kingdom (where he visited)
- Dead Sea: Jordan (where the Gibran Chair held an Arab regional Conference)
- Paris: France (upcoming (where Gibran lived for two years and studied art at the Academie Julian).