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28 Feb 2019     Glen Kalem
Gabriela Mistral: “Gibran Was Superior to Tagore”

 by Francesco Medici Copyright © Franceso Medici all rights reserved 2019  Translations from the Original Spanish into English by Hilda de Windt-Ayoubi A few months before dying, Kahlil Gibran received in his New York studio two lady admirers. One of the women was an old

18 Feb 2019     Glen Kalem
Gibran’s Buddha ~ “Music and Mosquitoes at the Park”

by Joseph Nahas Edited By Francesco Medici and Glen Kalem  Copyright © kahlilgibran.com all rights reserved 2019  On numerous evenings, Gibran and I sat on a bench in Battery Park listening to musical renditions by one of New York’s civic clubs’ bands, and, with newspapers rolled up in our hands (when punk sticks were not available), we swatted, or deflected the swarming, dive-bombing mosquitoes.

17 Feb 2019     Glen Kalem
Gibran Chair 2019 Symposium and Reception

The Gibran Chair is holding a Symposium on Wedesday the 27th of March titled: Reshaping the Landscapes of Arab Thought: The Legacies of Kahlil Gibran, Ameen Rihani, and Mikhail Naimy. If you wish to attend please RSVP Here:         ...

12 Jan 2019     Glen Kalem
Floyd Starr: "Kahlil Gibran Was a Man I Called My Friend"

by Francesco Medici Copyright © Francesco Medici and kahlilgibran.com all rights reserved 2019  * This article is based on an excerpt from the paper "Tracing Gibran’s Footsteps: Unpublished and Rare Material", in "Gibran in the 21th Century: Lebanon’s Message to the World", edited by H. Zoghaib and M. Rihani, Beirut: Center for Lebanese Heritage, LAU, 2018, pp. 93-145.

25 Jan 2019     Glen Kalem
The Untold History of the Gibran Museum’s Origins:

WHEN THE ITALIAN MONKS SOLD THE MONASTERY OF MAR SARKIS Copyright © 2019, by Francesco Medici and Charles M. Samaha, all rights reserved. by Francesco Medici and Charles Malouf Samaha In his later years, Kahlil Gibran repeatedly expressed his will to return to Lebanon and settle in his desired final resting-place, Mar Sarkis (Saint Sergius). This ancient monastery-hermitage overlooks the Kadisha Valley where he had spent his childhood, and is now known as the Gibran Museum. He once confessed to his intimate friend Mikhail ‘Mischa’ Naimy:

31 Dec 2018     Glen Kalem
End of the Copyright Road for The Prophet 

 Story by Glen Kalem.  Copyright © Glen Kalem and kahlilgibran.com all rights reserved 2019  January 1st 2019.  After 95 years and a 188 consecutive print runs - the longest in publishing history, Kahlil Gibran's much-loved and admired book The Prophet enters the public domain today.  

The Prophet 1923
30 Nov 2018     Glen Kalem
"Garden of The Prophet" exhibition opens in Melbourne

The Kahlil Gibran Collective attended the opening of Kahlil Gibran: The Garden of the Prophet celebrating the life and work of literary genius Kahlil Gibran.  The moving space created by the team at Immigration Museum Victoria set out to reflect Gibran’s world, by gaining insight into his key relationships and rediscover the power and relevance of his work today. 50 original paintings and drawings plus some of Gibran's New York studio furniture make up the current exhibition on loan from the Gibran Museum of Lebanon.  Kahlil Gibran: The Garden of the Prophet is proudly presented by the Bank of Sydney, supported by the Gibran National Committee, and has received grant funding from the Council for Australian-Arab Relations of the Department of Foreign A...

4 Nov 2018     Glen Kalem
Siegfried Sassoon: "Gibran Seems a Very Nice Creature"

By Francesco Medici Siegfried Loraine Sassoon (1886-1967), well known as a highly decorated English soldier and writer, was one of the leading poets of the First World War. His verse, that described the horrors of the trenches and satirized the patriotic spirit, greatly influenced Wilfred Owen (1893-1918), who was the most famous poet-soldier of English literature and to whom Sassoon was mentor.  On 28 January 1920, Sassoon arrived in New York for a lecture tour and Gibran, eager to draw him for his “Temple of Art,” got an appointment with him on 10 Feburary. On that cold and snowy Tuesday, the two lunched together and Sassoon accepted to sit for a portrait. After coming back to the Seville Hotel, at 88 Madison Avenue, Sassoon wrote down in his notebook:

26 Oct 2018     Glen Kalem
The Garden of the Prophet - Gibran Exhibit

PRESS RELEASE: October 26, 2018.  Museums Victoria is partnering with the Gibran National Committee and the Gibran Museum in Lebanon to present an exhibition of the artworks and manuscripts of Kahlil Gibran. Kahlil Gibran’s seminal book, The Prophet, has been translated into 100 languages and his poetry and philosophy are much loved around the world. Born in 1883 in Bsharri, Lebanon, Gibran migrated to America with his mother and three siblings in 1895. From his early years he was passionate about creating art through painting and writing and went on to study art in Boston, where he was inspired by the European Symbolists. The first exhibition of his work appeared in 1904 and it was around this...

17 Oct 2018     Glen Kalem
Was Jamal Khashoggi Inspired by Kahlil Gibran?

By: Warren David, President, Arab America Wedesday 17 October 2018   With all the media reports this past week regarding Jamal Khashoggi, I can’t help but reflect on my relationship with him as a colleague in the media and a man of principle and integrity.... ...Jamal looked me in the eye and seriously asked: “Did you know the impact Kahlil Gibran had at the turn of the last century on the literary movement in the Arab world?”    Read full article here...  https://www.arabamerica.com/was-jamal-khashoggi-inspired-by-kahlil-gibran/     ...

Jamal Khashoggi
25 Sep 2018     Glen Kalem
The Strange Case of Kahlil Gibran and Jubran Khalil Jubran

By Francesco Medici Copyright © Francesco Medici and kahlilgibran.com all rights reserved 2019  * This article is based on an excerpt from the paper  Tracing Gibran’s Footsteps: Unpublished and Rare Material, in Gibran in the 21th Century: Lebanon's Message to the World, edited by H. Zoghaib and M. Rihani, Beirut: Center for Lebanese Heritage, LAU, 2018, pp. 93-145.   While his masterpiece The Prophet...

25 Sep 2018     Glen Kalem
ON THE THIRD MOST POPULAR POET OF ALL TIME

   ON THE THIRD MOST POPULARPOET OF ALL TIME By Philip Meters  "A few years ago, in a review of Gibran biographies in The New Yorker, Joan Acocella notes that Gibran’s publishing numbers for his ubiquitous The Prophet (1923) place him third all-time among poets, after Shakespeare and Lao-tzu, selling over ...

25 Sep 2018     Glen Kalem
The Prophet Translated : Four New Translations Found

Study Update: Four new translations of The Prophet found.                                   Since the release of their first study which accounted for 104 language translations of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, researchers Kalem and Medici have added an additional four to "the list" revising the total number to 108. The new languages are as follows:  Cebuan: Origins Philippines Basque: Origins France/Spain Berber: Origins North Africa Bokmål: Norwegian  For the complete list 

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 “...