In 2010 Dr. Moise Khayrallah funded a pilot project to research, preserve and publicize the history of the Lebanese in North Carolina. This initiative led to the production of a PBS documentary film, a museum exhibit, the development a physical and digital archive and a K-12 curriculum.
Dr. Moise Khayrallah emigrated from Lebanon to North Carolina in 1983 to attend graduate school. He earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill before he went on to become a biotech entrepreneur who has founded several drug-development companies.
Dr. Khayrallah has been active in philanthropy throughout his career and has given his time and resources in order to highlight the cultural and economic richness which immigrants have always brought to American life. He provides leadership in globalizing North Carolina, he is a patron of the arts and music, an avid reader and intellectual, and an impassioned speaker.
Dr. Khayrallah hopes that the legacy of the center he has created will reach far beyond the Lebanese community. “The legacy will become not just about this particular community and this particular program, but will serve as a seed for communities and other programs that tell the story of how great America is because of what the Lebanese and other communities have made of it.”
Building on this foundation Dr. Khayrallah endowed a center that would extend the same goals to the US and beyond. Thus, the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies was established as a research and outreach center for the production and dissemination of knowledge about the Lebanese Diaspora in the US and throughout the world.
The Khayrallah Center fosters new scholarship on the historical and contemporary Lebanese Diaspora in all of its dimensions: social, political, economic and cultural. Below are some of our activities that promote this goal:
- Biennial conference on Lebanese Diaspora
- Post-Doctoral fellowship in Lebanese Diaspora Studies
- Funding for visits for affiliated scholars from across the world
- Archive (physical and digital) of the Lebanese Diaspora in the US
- Journal, Mashriq & Mahjar dedicated to Middle East Diaspora studies
- Public History assistantships focused on Lebanese Diaspora studies
Secondly, the Khayrallah Center produces and disseminates public historical projects relating to the Lebanese Diaspora. The scope of our public history outreach includes:
- Video productions
- Museum exhibits
- K-12 curriculum development and dissemination
- Volunteer training across the U.S. in oral history and digitization if Lebanese-American history.
- Annual artistic production competition centered around themes of Lebanese-American experience
While carrying out our own research and projects is an essential element of the center, we strongly believe that the best way to knowledge and learning about the Lebanese Diaspora is through collaborative projects with individuals, organizations and other research institutes. In that spirit, we look forward to working together with you.
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