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:

Secondly, the Khayrallah Center produces and disseminates public historical projects relating to the Lebanese Diaspora.  The scope of our public history outreach includes:

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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