Essays on the Alliance of Civilizations
In support of the UN initiative, the Alliance of Civilizations, Professor
Suheil Bushrui (University of Maryland) and Professor David Cadman (The
Temenos Academy) will serve as general editors of a series of papers
to be published under the auspices of the Center for Heritage Resource
Studies at the University of Maryland.
The editors inaugurated the series—Essays on the Alliance of Civilizations—with
a paper by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales entitled “Religion:
The Ties That Bind,” published with his gracious permission. Subsequent
essays will be released approximately every six months.
Lebanon’s Dialogue with the West: Ameen Rihani and Arab
On June 7, 2006, Professor Bushrui delivered a lecture on Ameen Rihani
and East-West relations organized by the Ameen Rihani Institute and
American University’s Center for Global Peace.
Professor Bushrui addressed many themes in the lecture which are highly
relevant to our increasingly globalized world, including inter-religious
reconciliation, inter-cultural dialogue, and the role of literature
and the arts in producing understandings that lead to peace. In particular,
the address offered a discerning résumé of the life and
work of Ameen Rihani.
Meeting of the Kahlil Gibran International Advisory Board
On June 14, 2006, members of the Kahlil Gibran International Advisory
Board met at the Harrington Hall Hotel in London. At that meeting, the
January 2006 Interim Report was distributed and discussed as well as
plans for the completion of the endowment of the Kahlil Gibran Chair
for Values and Peace at the University of Maryland.
The Enduring Legacy of Kahlil Gibran
On June 19, 2006, at the Temenos Academy of London, Professor Bushrui
delivered a lecture in honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the
passing of Kahlil Gibran entitled “The Enduring Legacy of Kahlil Gibran.”
In addition to Professor Bushrui’s commemorative address, the evening,
organized by the Temenos Academy and the British Lebanese Association,
featured a special tribute to Kathleen Raine and readings by Tom Durham
from The Essential Gibran (Oxford: Oneworld), due later this year and
edited by Professor Bushrui.
Walenstadt, Switzerland: International Seminar 2006
From July 8-15, 2006 Professor Bushrui participated in the annual seminar
organized by the International Academy for Human Sciences and Culture
in association with the Center for Heritage Resource Studies. This year’s
theme was entitled, “Unity in Diversity as a Foundation for Peace and
Security.” As a featured speaker, Professor Bushrui delivered lectures
on a number of topics including: “The State of the World,” “The Role
of Education,” and “The Ethics of Globalization.”
Arab-American Historical Foundation (Los Angeles, California)
The Arab-American Historical Foundation has invited Professor Bushrui
to speak at the first Arab-American History Conference on October 21,
2006 in Los Angeles. Professor Bushrui has been asked to present a paper
on the Arab-American literary heritage.
“Min Ajl Loubnan” Task Force
On October 29, 2006, a select group of individuals from the Lebanese-American
community were invited by Professor Bushrui for a special dinner meeting.
At that meeting, plans were discussed for laying the foundations of
programs in universities to promote and disseminate the work and thought
of Ameen Rihani and Kahlil Gibran.
Sultan Qaboos University (Muscat,Oman)
From March 21-22, 2007, Professor Bushrui has been officially invited
to serve as a plenary keynote speaker at the first international conference
held by the English Department (College of Arts), Sultan Qaboos University,
Oman. The title of the conference is “Building Bridges: Integrating
Language, Linguistics, Literature and Translation in Pedagogy and Research.”
International Association for the Study of the Life and
Works of Kahlil Gibran
The International Association for the Study of the Life and Works of
Kahlil Gibran was established on the 10th of April 2006 - the seventy-fifth
anniversary of the passing of Kahlil Gibran, with Professor Suheil Bushrui
as the Founder-President.
A legally constituted Steering Committee, whose main function is to
prepare for theFirst Annual General Meeting sometime in the near future,
will soon be formed. The Poet Henri Zoghaib, Director of the Center
for Lebanese Heritage, has been invited to act as Co-Coordinator with
special responsibilities for Lebanon and the Arab world.
Enthusiastic responses to the announcement of this initiative were
received immediately and individuals in Australia, France, Italy and
throughout the Arab world have expressed their eagerness to join and
support the Association.
The Essential Gibran. Compiled by Suheil Bushrui. Oxford: Oneworld,
A volume of selected passages representative of Gibran’s style and thought,
The Essential Gibran has been compiled to commemorate the seventy-fifth
anniversary of the passing of Kahlil Gibran.
The Prince Speaks: Selected Speeches of His Royal Highness the
Prince of Wales. Edited by Suheil Bushrui and David Cadman. The
University of Maryland: Center for Heritage Resource Studies, 2006.
Gibran on Love. Compiled by Suheil Bushrui. Oxford: Oneworld,
Designed to reach a wide readership, this special anthology which covers
the different aspects of love that Gibran refers to in his works, will
have 20,000 copies printed and distributed as part of Oneworld Publications’
St. Valentine’s Day project.
al-Amir Yattahadath [The Prince Speaks], a selection
of the speeches of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, translated
into Arabic by Suheil Bushrui. The University of Maryland: Center for
Heritage Resource Studies, 2007.
The Spiritual Heritage of the Human Race. Suheil Bushrui and
Mehrdad Massoudi. Oxford: Oneworld, 2006.
In addition to being a comprehensive survey of the divine and non-divine
spiritual traditions of humanity, represented as a prolegomena and foundation
for interfaith studies, the book also serves as the main textbook for
the University of Maryland Honors Course under the same title.