Past Events

Hima: Protecting the Environment in the Middle East

On January 30th, Dr Gary Nabhan, presented a talk about eh protecting the environment in the Middle East as part of his week long visit to the Khayrallah Center and it’s archive. 

Dr. Nabhan is an award-winning natural history writer, poet and journalist of Lebanese-American descent. He is the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Food and Water Security at the University of Arizona, where he has been affiliated with the Southwest Center and Center for Middle Eastern Studies. A Franciscan brother, Nabhan has been honored with a MacArthur "genius" fellowship, a Lannan literary fellowship, and a Pew Conservation and Environment fellowship, in addition to two honorary degrees. He has written three popular/scholarly books relating to his Arab-American heritage: Arab/American, Camels, Cumin and Caravans: A Spice Odyssey; and Desert Terroir.  In addition to his 28 books, his writing has appeared in the New York Times, LA Times, World Monitor, Aramco World, Nature, Audubon, Orion, Mizna, Georgia Review, Gastronomica, Best Food Writing and Best Science/Nature Writing. As an agroecologist and desert plant explorer, he has done field work in Lebanon, Oman, Egypt, Mexico and Central Asia. He lives on a small farm in Patagonia Arizona, where he grows 150 varieties of desert fruit trees, processing the fruit into the ancient "sharab" or shrub syrup beverages of Arab origin.


Breaking Taboo: How Art is Changing in the Middle East

Lena Merhej, the Khayrallah Center's first artist in residence, visited NC State for a week, displayed her art, and delivered a talk on the state of art in Lebanon and the Middle East. Dr. Merhej is a visual storyteller and expert in graphic narration. She taught at the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese International University. She is the founding director of the Story Center, offering professional training in animation, illustration, and comic books. 


Immigration, Terrorism and Islam: A Panel Discussion

September 19th ​2016

Dr. Anna Bigelow, Dr. Akram Khater and Dr. Charles Kurzman lead a panel discussion and Q&A with audience members about Islam, immigration, terrorism and the rhetoric of the 2016 elections.


Dr. Wail S. Hassan Lecture

September 13th 2016

In his lecture, Early Lebanese American Writers and the Cultural Politics of Orientalism, Dr. Hassan focused on the works of RihaniGibran, and RihbanyDrawing on postcolonial, translation, and minority discourse theory he investigated how these writers described their immigrant experiences, acting as mediators and interpreters between cultures, and how they forged new identities in their adopted countries. 


Dr. Maha Shuayb Lecture

April 11th 2016

In her talk, Dr. Shuayb explored the various education provisions available to Syrian children in Lebanon and their quality and impact on retention and passing rates. Finally, she focused on issues concerning segregated education and its impact on the relationships between the two communities.

Find more information about this lecture in our press release and blog post.

10th Annual Middle East Film Festival

March 17th to April 7th 2016

This festival, co-sponsored with NCSU's Middle East Studies Program, featured four films: No One Knows About Persian Cats (Iran); Half Moon (Iraq and Iran); Slingshot Hip Hop (Palestine); and We Loved Each Other So Much (Lebanon). 


Dr. Devi Mays Lecture

February 23rd 2016

Dr. Mays spoke about Sephardic migrants in the first four decades of the twentieth century and their reliance upon transnational Sephardic networks to achieve personal and professional success and continued geographic mobility in the face of growing immigration restrictions. 

Dr. Lily Balloffet Lecture

February 2016

Dr. Balloffet, the Khayrallah Center's 2015-2016 Middle East Diaspora Post-Doctoral Fellow, presented a lecture on the Lebanese in Argentina. Read Dr. Balloffet's posts: Latin America & the Arab World: One Hundred Years of Migration and "The Many Labors of Progress": Digitally Mapping the Arab-Argentine Community.


The Prophet Film Screening

November 13th 2015

The Khayrallah Center screened Selma Hayek's cinematic adaptation of Khalil Gibran's book, The Prophet.


Scheherazade's Diary Film Screening

October 21st 2015

Lebanese filmmaker and actress, Zeina Daccache, came to NC State to screen her new documentary, Scheherazade's Diary. The film chronicles how women inmates of Lebanon's Baabda Prison mine the depths of personal experience and confront patriarchy as they prepare and present the first theater performance staged inside an Arab women's prison.

Find more information about this event in our press release and blog post.


Dr. Tarek Mitri Lecture

September 14th 2015

In his lecture, Dr. Mitri explored the complex ways that communal identities reconcile with Lebanese national identity. He also examined how culture, as produced in the public sphere, can contribute to transcending communal divides and fostering citizenship.

Read more about the lecture here.