Cedars in the Pines

The blog of the Lebanese in North Carolina Project

Map of Lebanese Diaspora

If you missed the museum exhibit hosted by NC Museum of History, check it out soon! Here’s one of my favorite maps of Lebanese Diaspora. South America claims the largest number of Lebanese immigrants, followed by North America, then Australia (Oceania).

Thanks to Parsa Beheshti Shirazi for his great graphics!

Lebanese diaspora

Lebanese immigrants around the world

State Library is a fan!

We are proud to have been chosen by the State Library of North Carolina for the “State Doc Pick of the Week” last week for our bi-monthly newsletter “Cedars in the Pines.”  It also looks like they’ll be making some of the newsletters available on the digital reader for view. The Government and Heritage Library blog, GHL, chooses 1 important state document per week. You can check out others here.

State-Library-Logo-200-JPG-1024x416The State Library continues to be supportive of the project as it continues to grow!



Lebanese Festival!

Add it to your calendar, it’s coming soon!


Upcoming event: Lebanese Festival

It’s that time again, for the Lebanese Festival!

Saturday, August 2
11 AM – 4 PM
NC Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St. Raleigh, NC 27601

The Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies is co-sponsoring the annual Lebanese Festival with the NC Museum of History and the Triangle Lebanese Association (TLA) to celebrate the success of the Cedars in the Pines museum exhibit.

The festival will feature food, activities for adults and children, dance and music, as well as an opportunity to visit the exhibit.

Much of the festival will take place indoors.

Please invite family, friends and neighbors to what promises to be a lovely day!

Check out highlights of the other festival days here, here and here.


Moise Khayrallah in MainGate

There’s a strong connection between alumni of American University of Beirut (AUB) and second wave Lebanese immigrants to North Carolina. Many community members were educated or had family educated at the university. Such a great school, it’s no surprise that community members involved in this project are profiled in the alumni magazine, MainGate, on a regular basis.

Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 7.33.19 AMThis Spring issue, the founder and innovator responsible for the Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies and The Lebanese in North Carolina Project, Moise Khayrallah, is featured in a short profile. A graduate in the class of 1981, it’s clear that Moise has worked hard and had great success in the Triangle Area of North Carolina, a community that is lucky to have him!

You can read from a PDF of the magazine here.

I am Lebanese: Mover & Shaker

Director of the Khayrallah Program, Dr. Akram Khater was recently named a “Mover and Shaker” by I Am Lebanese, a “non profit initiative created to increase the number of Lebanese citizens, regardless of age, political or religious affiliation. Our global network facilitates Lebanese citizenship and aims to develop the connection between Lebanon and the global Lebanese diaspora.”

I Am Lebanese conducted a great interview with Akram, which you can find here. Some highlights include:

What makes you Lebanese?  My belief in the ideal of Lebanon as a cross-roads of ideas, cultures, peoples and civilization.

My favorite Lebanese dish is Laban Immo W’Roz

Beach or Mountains?  Mountains

Akram’s in great company with other “Movers and Shakers” including author Salma Abdelnour, chef and writer Bethany Kehdy, and inventor and tech developer Hadi El Khoury.

The Diaspora Tour: Coming in September

DrewOBrien_200_1The United States Department of State is taking their moniker Diplomacy in Action seriously with a new initiative by the Special Representative for Global Partnerships 2014 Diaspora Tour led by Andrew O’ Brien who has served in this role for about a year.

Starting this summer, the tour will,

…Feature keynote addresses and panel discussions with leading diaspora experts. Participants will include students and university faculty, university officials with an affinity for international development, private sector partners, diaspora community leaders, and local government and civic leaders.

The tour will make stops in Texas, California, and Florida before coming to our very own NC State University on September 11, 2014. This will be a great opportunity to hear from community leaders about the impact of the diasporic community in North Carolina.

Director of the Khayrallah Program, Dr. Akram Khater is involved in the planning process for the North Carolina visit, so we hope this conversation will include the important work of the Lebanese diaspora in the state.

We’ll keep you posted! In the meantime, update your calendars to include this event.

Souk El Gharb

Souk El Gharb, village in Mt. Lebanon, date unknown.

Suq al-Ghrab Bonfils

Event this weekend! Cedars in the Pines documentary

For those of you who missed the premiere in March 2012 or would like to view the documentary again, the NC Museum of History will be hosting a screening of our full-length film, Cedars in the Pines, this month!  The film received great press and was warmly welcomed by the community!

THIS Sunday, June 15, 2pm

Cedars in the Pines: The Lebanese in North Carolina

NC Museum of History

5 E. Edenton St. Raleigh, NC 27601 (downtown)

Free admission

If you would like to purchase the DVD, check it out here.

The Lebanese in North Carolina Project released a full-length documentary, Cedars in the Pines: The Lebanese in North Carolina, which chronicles the story of Lebanese immigration to North Carolina from 1890 to today. The film premiered on Wednesday, March 28, at the North Carolina Museum of History, co-hosted with NC State University’s Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies.

“The Lebanese community in North Carolina embodies a resilient and unique identity that is both Middle Eastern and Southern,” says Professor of History Akram Khater, director of the Khayrallah Program at NC State University. “They cherish the history of their ancestors as a vibrant connection to the past even as they embrace and enrich their new homeland.”

Cedars in the Pines represents the first in a series of cultural projects undertaken by the Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies to research, document, preserve and publicize the history of the Lebanese-American community in North Carolina. The film is a joint project with the Khayrallah Program, the NC State Department of History and the NC State Department of English’s Language and Life Project.

In November 2012, UNC-TV, powered by PBS aired the documentary. Since then, the film has been screened throughout North Carolina, Michigan and California. Read more here.


Hope to see you there!

New Issue: Mashriq & Mahjar

As many of you know, Mashriq & Mahjar: The Journal of Middle East Migration Studies is a bi-annual electronic journal that focuses on the academic study of migration from, to, and within the region known as the “Middle East.” Check here for back issues.

The Night Counter

The Night Counter

Here’s a summary of the current issue…

This issue of Mashriq & Mahjar focuses on two inter-related themes. The first is gender and its use in understanding the migratory experience in ways that are different and differently enlightening from other approaches to telling that story. The second theme is about migrants and refugees whose lives transgress cultural and physical boundaries even as they confront spaces and institutions that seek to confine them in set tropes.

The current issue is now available on the Journal website where you can find PDF versions of the articles listed below. Let us know what you think!

Articles, Special Section: Gender and Diaspora

    • Devi Mays, “I Killed Her Because I Loved Her Too Much”: Gender and Violence in the 20th Century Sephardi Diaspora 
    • Lea Müller-Funk, Transnational Politics, Women & the Egyptian Revolution: Examples from Paris
    • Pauline Homsi Vinson, “Re-Encountering Scheherzade”: Gender, Cultural Mobility, and Narrative Transformations in Alia Yunis’s The Night Counter
    • Timothy Marr, Diasporic Intelligences in the American Philippine Empire: The Transnational Career of Dr. Najeeb Mitry Saleeby 
    • Laura Robson, A Civilizing Mission? Music and the Cosmopolitan in Edward Said 
    • Leonardo Schiocchet, Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon: Is the Camp a Space of Exception?


    • Ian Coller, Arab France: Islam and the Making of Modern Europe, 1798-1831 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011). Jennider Fredette
    • Mehran Kamrava & Zahra Babar, eds., Migrant Labor in the Persian Gulf  (London: Hurst & Co., Ltd., 2012). Sharon Nagy
    • Roberto Khatlab, Les Libanais dans le Monde: Vision Socio-Culturelle et Historique (Jdeide: Dar Saer Al Mashrek, 2013). Paulo Pinto
    • Evelyn Alsultany & Ella Shohat, eds., Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2013). Juan Poblette
    • Viola Raheb, ed., Latin Americans with Palestinian Roots(Beit Lahem and New York: Diyar Publishers and Create Space Independent Publishing Platform, 2012). Dario A. Euraque
    • Fatima Sadiqi, ed., Women and Knowledge in the Mediterranean (New York: Routledge, 2013). Nova Robinson

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