Please join us this Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 3:00 PM EST/12:00 PM PST for a screening and discussion on the Moise A. Khayrallah Center’s documentary “The Romey Lynchings”, the story of the lynching of a Lebanese immigrant couple in south Florida in 1929. With us will be Dr. Akram Khater from the Khayrallah Center from North Carolina State University, Dr. Katherine Charron, an associate professor also at NC State University, as well as Sandy Ryland, a narrator on the documentary and the niece of the late Romey couple. You can register for the Zoom meeting here.
Dr. Akram Khater is a University Faculty Scholar, Professor of History, and holds the Khayrallah Chair in Diaspora Studies at North Carolina State University where he also serves as the Director of the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies. A native of Lebanon, he 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 the 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. He has produced Cedars in the Pines, a PBS documentary on the history of the Lebanese community in North Carolina, and is the senior curator for a museum exhibit on the same topic. He also curated the traveling exhibit, The Lebanese in America, which has toured ten (10) US cities and will continue to tour through 2020. He has just completed a new documentary titled The Romey Lynchings, that narrates the history of racial violence against early Arab immigrants.
Dr. Katherine Mellen Charron is an Associate Professor of History at North Carolina State University, specializing in 20th century U.S., African American, southern, and women’s and gender history. She earned her B.A. in Literature from UNC-Asheville, her M.A. in Afro-American Studies from UW-Madison, and her Ph.D. in History from Yale University. She is the author of the award-winning Freedom’s Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark and co-editor of William Henry Singleton’s Recollections of My Slavery Days. Her current monograph explores rural Black Power, women’s activism, and liberation politics in northeastern North Carolina.
Sandy Ryland has a Master of Education in Reading and Language Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Arts in English from the University of West Florida, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Education from Florida State University. In the Durham, North Carolina public school system, where she was selected Outstanding Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted, she specialized in the “school within a school” concept and Socratic seminar and inquiry-based instruction. At Durham Academy, she received the Excellence in Teaching Award and Stipend from the George and Julia Brumley Foundation for her work with students, parents, and faculty. She has also worked as an administrative assistant in the English Department of Duke University and as a curriculum writer and instructor for Sopris West Educational Services. Sandy is also a narrator on the documentary and the niece of the late Romey couple.
Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM EST/ 12 PM PST
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