What do Elvis Presley, the richest man in the world, and Guantanamo Bay prisons all have in common? They all read and admired the work of Kahlil Gibran.
On the 14th and 15th of May 2014, via an invitation from the Lebanese American University of Lebanon and sponsored by the Departments of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Communication Arts, Mr. Glen Kalem, international Kahlil Gibran researcher and historian, presented a lecture to faculty and students highlighting 16 years of research unearthing the “Global Gibran and His Readership.”
The lecture focused on who has read The Prophet, as opposed to how many prints, translations, etc., are in existence.
Mr. Kalem’s research and study, along with other Gibran global scholars and academics, was recently published in a book entitled The Enduring Legacy of Kahlil Gibran, an initiative of The George and Lisa Zakhem Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Copies of the book can be obtained via the Kahlil Gibran Chair for a small donation.
Mr. Kalem is available for visual talks and presentations, and global private tours of Kahlil Gibran museums and sites: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grassroots Australian filmmaker Glen Kalem is also known among his peers as an international Kahlil Gibran researcher and passionate historian or, as he coins himself, “a street scholar.” The go-to man when it comes to Gibran matters outside academia and biographies, he is one of the few field researchers active in pursuing new Gibran studies from around the world, and is currently developing a feature-length documentary film to culminate his work. He resides with his family in Sydney, Australia, but calls the world home.
Using Gibran as his beacon, Kalem works closely alongside academics and scholars to establish and promote intercultural and inter-religious dialogue.
Kalem is a friend and active fellow of the newly-formed International Association for the Study of the Life and Works of Kahlil Gibran, founded by The George and Lisa Zakhem Chair for Values and Peace at the University of Maryland, in Washington, D.C. He holds a Certificate IV in Screen and Media.
Glen Kalem can be contacted via email@example.com