Tour de la Francophonie:

Le Liban

Wednesday 28 October, 6:30pm

The Lebanese Diaspora

Why do we all know Lebanese people?

A Zoom Presentation by Prof. Akram Khater

In English

Estimates of the size of the Lebanese diaspora vary wildly but the most reliable statistics from the Lebanese government put the figure at 15.4 million, far outstripping the internal population of Lebanon, which is about 6 million.  


There is virtually no continent that the Lebanese have left untouched - except Antartica.  In the US alone, there are 504,000 Lebanese, including Lebanese migrants and their descendants, who have produced successful people in every field of enterprise, from medicine to show business.


What drove so many Lebanese to make their lives elsewhere? When and where did they emigrate?  Who were they and who are they today?  

In this Zoom presentation, Dr. Akram Khater will retrace the jagged and uncertain paths that his fellow country men and women carved through time and space in their attempts to control their destinies. 

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Professor Akram Khater is University Faculty Scholar and Professor of History,  at North Carolina State University where he also serves as the Director of the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies.


A native of Lebanon, Akram Khater earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and University of California, Berkeley, respectively. His books include Inventing Home: Emigration, Gender and the Making of a Lebanese Middle Class, 1861-1921, and A History of the Middle East: A Sourcebook for the History of the Middle East and North Africa, and Embracing the Divine: Passion and Politics in the Christian Middle East.


Professor Akram Khater has published a substantial number of articles and reviews, and has made conference presentations throughout the United States and internationally.  He has delivered over 300 talks in the past 10 years on topics relating to the Middle East.


Professor Khater has been awarded a number of teaching accolades (Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding Junior Faculty and Outstanding Extension Faculty) and grants during his tenure at N.C. State, and has also obtained fellowships from the National Humanities Center, American Philosophical Society, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright Foundation, Council of American Overseas Research Centers, among others.  His professional affiliations include the Middle East Studies Association, Arab-American Studies Association, American Academy of Religion, and the American Historical Association. He is also the editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies, and sits on the editorial board of a book series on immigration studies.