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25 Sep 2018     Glen Kalem
Middle Eastern art exhibition celebrates life and work of Kahlil Gibran

By Arab News Denise Marray LONDON: What is it about the work of the famed Lebanese poet, writer and artist Kahlil Gibran that touches the hearts of so many people across the world today, decades on from his death in 1931? An exhibition of art inspired by his writings held this month at Sotheby’s in London provided an opportunity to consider that question “Kahlil Gibran: A Guide for our Times” was organized by the peace building movement, Caravan, and co-curated by Janet Rady and Marion Fromlet Baecker. It featured work by 38 artists from across the Middle East. The vision for the exhibition grew out of a recent book on Gibran titled “In Search of a Prophet: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran” by the Rev. Canon Paul-Gordon Chandler, Caravan’s founding president.   ...

25 Sep 2018     Glen Kalem
New Language Translation Found: Cebuan

New Translation Found: Cebuan (Philippines) Following on from their global study (the first of its kind) on the official number of first edition translations of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet;Research historians Francesco Medici and Glen Kalem have added yet another first-edition language translation (Cebuan, of the Philippines) to the official list, making the total number of translations now 105.The Cebuano or Cebuan language, also often colloquially referred to by most of its speakers simply as Bisaya, is an Austronesian language spoken in the Philippines by about 21 million people in Central Visayas, western parts of Eastern Visayas and most parts of Mindanao, most of whom belong to various Visayan ethnolinguistic g...

25 Sep 2018     Glen Kalem
Why Kahlil Gibran's words are still prophetic today

This week and next sees separate events in London celebrating the life and work of one of Lebanon’s most famous sons, Kahlil Gibran, an artist and author whose enduring reputation rests on his most famous work, The Prophet. The book of lyrical spirit...

25 Sep 2018     Glen Kalem
Kahlil Gibran: A Universal Philosophy Timelessly Impacted – Anna Seaman

Exibition Preview :    Kahlil Gibran: A Universal Philosophy Timelessly Impacted – Anna Seaman

25 Sep 2018     Glen Kalem
Kahlil Gibran exhibition at Sotheby's

THIS SUMMER... put a little "Kahlil Gibran" in your day!Plan to attend CARAVAN ART's exhibition at Sotheby's in London is on between August 6-10 featuring 38 premier Middle Eastern artists inspired by the message of peace and harmony found in Kahlil Gibran's poetry, writings and art, celebrating the authors 95th anniversary year of his best-selling book "The Prophet". All the artwork will be for sale with proceeds going to charity for peacebuilding between the Middle East and West. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. ...

10 Jul 2018     Glen Kalem
Kahlil Gibran Musical : West End Premiere

A New Musical based on KAHLIL GIBRAN'S "BROKEN WINGS" The West End Premiere from 1st - 4th August 2018 @ Theatre Royal Haymarket. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "The songs are hauntingly beautiful, powerful, moving and superbly performed" by Nick Wakeham from the MusicalTheatreReview.com  ABOUT An autobiographical account of Gibran's first love, Broken Wings is a musical adaptation of the iconic poet’s 1912 masterpiece. New York City, 1923. An ageing G...

10 Jul 2018     Glen Kalem
The Chinese Translation of Kahlil Gibran: His Life and World

The Chinese Translation of Kahlil Gibran: His Life and World (China Social Science Publishing House, 2016)   The Chinese translation of Kahlil Gibran’s English biography Kahlil Gibran;His Life and World was published by China Social Science Publishing House in July, 2016.   The translator Dr. Zheng Ma is a researcher of Kahlil Gibran. In 2006, she completed  “The Literary Study of Kahlil Gibran in the Western Context” which was the first doctoral thesis on Kahlil Gibran in China and challenged the dominant notion of China’s academia and readers that “Kahlil Gibran is an Eastern writer” and totally ignored  his American background .Four years later, the monograph “...

27 Jun 2018     Glen Kalem
The Prophet, translated.

By Glen Kalem [1] Copyright © Glen Kalem and kahlilgibran.com all rights reserved 2019  “I have come to say a word...but if death prevents my word the book of eternity will not leave a word unspoken. What I ...

25 Sep 2018     Glen Kalem
The Kahlil Gibran International Speakers Tour

COMING SOON! “Love is a quenchless thirst”  The Kahlil Gibran International Speakers Tour COMING SOON! Introduction:  Poet and painter Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), best known for his most prized work “The Prophet,” has left an undeniable legacy that places him in the upper echelons of world literature, a champion of human rights, and a forerunner of peace and reconciliation.     A painter who became a poet, his short life was often driven by a “quenchless thirst” to create artistic expression as a mouthpiece to foray subjects that highlighted the cries of humanity, the oneness in being, and the understanding of our collective journey as not separate, but unified by the path of the spirit.     Reading between the lines of his pen and brush, tracing his global footprints, and providing context to his life and work, inter...

21 Feb 2018     Glen Kalem
Injustice and Collective Responsibility in Gibran’s Thought

“The World Day of Social Justice: Celebrating Equality and Justice in the Work of Gibran Khalil Gibran” 20 February 2018, UN-House, Beirut  Roula Moawad, Alexandre Najjar; Francesco Medici; Henri Zgheib; Tarek Chidiac; Centre stage at World Day of Social Justice ESCWA Beirut Feb 2018 February 20th marks “World Day of Social Justice”, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) held a special event in Beirut celebrating equality and justice in the work of Kahlil Gibran. Kahlil Gibran Scho...

21 Feb 2018     Glen Kalem
“The World Day of Social Justice: UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

Celebrating Equality and Justice in the Work of Gibran Khalil Gibran” 20 February 2018, UN-House, Beirut   February 20th marks “World Day of Social Justice”, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) held a special event in Beirut celebr...

21 Feb 2018     Glen Kalem
Injustice and Collective Responsibility in Gibran’s Thought

“The World Day of Social Justice: Celebrating Equality and Justice in the Work of Gibran Khalil Gibran” 20 February 2018, UN-House, Beirut  Roula Moawad, Alexandre Najjar; Francesco Medici; Henri Zgheib; Tarek Chidiac; Centre stage at World Day of Social Justice ESCWA Beirut Feb 2018 February 20th marks “World Day of Social Justice”, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) held a special event in Beirut celebrating equality and justice in the work of Kahlil Gibran. Kahlil Gibran Scho...

23 Oct 2016     Glen Kalem
At Table with Kahlil Gibran

At Table with Kahlil Gibran   by Francesco Medici   Contrary to popular belief, Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese artist, poet and philosopher, best known the world over as author of The Prophet, did not lead a properly ascetic life. He had a sober life-style, to be sure, and used to spend most of his time writing, painting and drawing by himself in his studio. ...

22 Apr 2014     Glen Kalem
Translating Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet into Papiamento

By Hilda de Windt-Ayoubi Translating The Prophet started in an almost mystical way. Someone I know, asked me 6 years ago, if I knew Kahlil Gibran. Despite the fact that I wrote him that I did not, he kept mentioning Kahlil’s name once in a while. He wrote me that some aspects of my poems remembered him of this writer.  One day he told me that Kahlil, like my parents, hailed from Lebanon. It was then that I could not close my heart any more. So I went in google-search of this Lebanese writer. When I saw his oeuvre I was really startled. In 2011 my son Faried, bought me The Prophet as a birthday present. I was really touched by this wonderful book. A few months later, I got the second present, a translation into Dutch, De Profeet. While reading this translation, I felt a great desire to translate this marvelous book into Papiamento, our local...

3 Apr 2014     Glen Kalem
The Prophet of War

The Prophet of War by Glen Kalem Picture this; you’re a combat soldier in WWII a few thousand miles away from home, hunched down in a murky bunker waiting for your orders to leap out onto the frontline of Normandy. Moreover, you’re the co-pilot flying a United States aircraft loaded with an atomic bomb en route to the Japanese city of Hiroshima… or further still, you’re one of the sixty-eight American servicewomen captured as a POW in the Philippines. Packed in your uniform sits an oblong-shaped paperback – the front cover reads “Armed Services Edition” Next to it, a distinguished catchphrase “This is the complete book – not a digest”; in between is a photograph of the original book cover and an accompanying title with the author’s name, and t...

22 Apr 2014     Glen Kalem
Gibran in Italy

Francesco Medici is a well accomplished scholar and translator of the works of Kahlil Gibran. A native of Bari, Italy he has translated many of Gibran’s work including the plays, “Lazarus and his beloved” and “The Blind Man” and not to mention the critically acclaimed “The Prophet” in Italian. Francesco is also a research assistant on the film Kahlil Gibran The Reluctant Visionary who has contributed immensely items of research and priceless articles towards the film’s story and treatment. He has a couple of new books out in Italian that are well worth looking into. The first book is titled: “Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet and the Child” [Il profeta e il bambino] this is a collection of unpublished w...

16 Sep 2016     Glen Kalem
The Prophets Muse

Writer/curator Tania Sammons will teach an eight-week course exploring how Mary Haskell Minis, The Prophet’s “muse,” transcended her southern roots, cultivated New England lifestyle, and gender limitations to influence world history. As patron, educator, and traveler Mary Haskell Minis engaged the lofty goal “to make or mar the cosmos” through financial and editorial support of artist-writer Kahlil Gibran whose work “The Prophet” became one of the most influential texts of the twentieth century. Using Mary Haskell Minis as our muse, this course will survey major American history events from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, including Reconstruction, women’s rights, and immigration, as well as the social history of travel, philanthropy, and education. The course finale is a visit to Laurel Grove Cemetery to pay homage to this fascinating woman. The Learn...

16 May 2016     Glen Kalem
Prisoners Of Conscience | Prisoners Of Conscience

Republished  from Huffington Post (Religion) Article By Layli Miron Bahá’í grad student Recently, my husband and I sat spellbound by The Prophet, a gorgeous film adaptation of the 1923 book of poems by Kahlil Gibran. In the film, the prophetic writer and artist, Almustafa (aka Mustafa), is a prisoner of an oppressive government, confined on a Mediterranean island called Orphalese. While the government is not named, various clues point to the Ottoman Empire. The only crime Almustafa has committed is using his faculty for words to advocate for the common folk—which endangers the authorities’ power.

7 May 2018     Glen Kalem
May Rihani appointed new Gibran Chair Director | May Rihani appointed new Gibran Chair Director.

NEWS The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland has appointed May Rihani as the director of the George and Lisa Zakhem Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace. Ms. May Rihani, Gibran C...

2 May 2016     Glen Kalem
A Publisher is Known By The Company He Reaps | Kahlil Gibran

A Publisher Is Known By the Company He Keeps Reaps.  by Glen Kalem  “[B]ut it was Blanche’s peculiar astuteness that led to the 1923 publication of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, whose modest initial sales would metastasize 40 years later, in the woo-woo ’60s, helping to lift Knopf into the commercial big-time” A new biography on Blanche Knopf, wife of publishing giant Alfred A. Knopf, whose published works include such authors as Carl Van...