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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all rights reserved 2019  * This article is based on an excerpt from the paper  Tracing Gibran’s Footsteps: Unpublished and Rare Material, in Gibran in the 21th Century: Lebanon's Message to the World, edited by H. Zoghaib and M. Rihani, Beirut: Center for Lebanese Heritage,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 “...

27 Jun 2018     Glen Kalem
The Prophet, translated.

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 Roula Moawad, ...

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...