By Philip A. Salem* At 10:55 pm on April 10, 1931, the man was pronounced dead at St. Vincent Hospital in New York City. The dead man was Gibran Khalil Gibran. He was 48 years of age. Since then he lies in eternity and in peace at the monastery of Mar Sarkis in Bsharri, Lebanon. Although he lived in America, his mind and his soul never left his beloved country. His eyes were always mesmerized to that small piece of land which is crucified in geography between the Sea, Syria and Palestine. He chose his eternal home to be in…
When Michael DeBakey passed away on July 11, 2008, it was a sad day for the world and for mankind, and it was a shock to those of us who had always loved him and admired him, for we considered him immortal. It was difficult to believe that the power of his mind and body could be conquered by disease and death, as for he had always been their conqueror. Since his passing much has been said and written about Michael DeBakey, the foremost heart surgeon, the pioneering researcher, the innovator, the gifted medical educator, the international medical statesman, and,…
Today is the 62nd commemoration day for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which constitutes one of the major achievements of the United Nations. This Declaration was born at the end of the Second World War and is considered the first attempt by an international organization to focus on the human individual and his rights. It was the beginning of the Cold War between the East and the West and there was then a conflict between two divergent ideologies: the first maintained that the individual must work, and even be sacrificed for the sake of the state, and the second…
Monday, 13 December 2010 13:00


اقامت جمعية متخرجي الجامعة الاميركية احتفال يوم المؤسسين الـ144 للجامعة الاميركية في بيروت في اوتيل البريستول. وكرمت بالتعاون مع "دار نلسن للنشر" وجوهاً نيرة في الجامعة الاميركية في بيروت"، وذلك من خلال المؤلف الذي وضعه الدكتور ميشال خليل جحا بهذا العنوان. ويضم الكتاب 25 شخصية اكاديمية ممن درسوا او تولوا مهمات بارزة في الجامعة منذ ما يقارب القرن. نخبة من كبار الرجال منهم من تولى مسؤوليات كبيرة في لبنان والخارج. والكتاب يضم الاساتذة الذين علَّموا في الجامعة: انيس الخوري المقدسي، يوسف اسعد داغر، فؤاد صروف جبرائيل جبور، متى عقراوي، انيس فريحة، نبيه امين فارس، شارل مالك، نقولا زيادة، زين نور…
Saturday, 18 December 2010 18:07

The invitation to the AUB Founder's Day (144th)

On the 144thAmerican University of Beirut (AUB) Founder’s Day, Thursday, December 9, 2010, the university alumni commemorated the event in a reception held at the Bristol Hotel in Beirut. In collaboration with Nelson House for publishing, the alumni celebrated the launching of a new book on the most distinguished 25 professors of the university over its life span of 144 years. These faculty members excelled in academia and many of them served in extremely important posts at the university or outside it. Of the 25 faculty members depicted in the book, only 5 are still alive and they are Salim…
Saturday, 01 September 2012 16:34

The Lebanese Doctor in Diaspora

By Philip A. Salem, M.D.2September, 2012 One of the distinctive features of our Lebanon, which is geographically crucified in the Orient between Israel, Syria, and the Mediterranean Sea, is its permeating presence in the world and the impact of this presence on world civilization. There are very few countries that could boast about the impact they made on world science, culture, and economics as much as Lebanon, and there is no other country of its size that has contributed as much to mankind. It is generally believed, for example, that the Phoenicians invented the alphabet, but there are some history…
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