Dr. Phillip A. Salem, holder of the Khalil Gebran International Award for Services to Medicine, speaks at LAU in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Daccache then turned to Gibran's work regarding the Arabic language.According to Daccache, Gibran believed that Arabic could not be taught in schools until they became free of the sectarian system.Tania Sammons, a curator, focused her lecture on Gibran and Mary Haskell, a confidante, editor and Gibran's love interest.Francesco Medici, a scholar and researcher who translated the works of Gibran into Italian, took a different approach to the writer.Medici also shared an interesting story about the English spelling of Gibran's name. Gibran came to the United States three times, each time registering with a different spelling, as demonstrated in official documents shown to the audience.The conference was the third international conference on Gibran, with the first two held in the U.S. However, there is still much to be discovered and said about the poet, a visionary and pioneer, even in modern times.
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