Suheil Badi Bushrui, born on September 14, 1929 in Nazareth, Palestine, and died September 2, 2015, he was a Professor, Author, Poet, Critic, Translator, and Peace Maker.
Suheil Bushrui was the first Arab national to be appointed to the Chair of English at the American University of Beirut, a position he held from 1968 to 1986.
He taught at universities in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and America.
Suheil authored in both English and Arabic tens of books and scholarly articles on themes that ranged from literature to religion to world order.
He was and the first non-Westerner to be appointed as Chair of the International Association of the Study of Irish Literature.
Later in 1992, he became the first incumbent of the Baha’i Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland where he worked on developing alternatives to violent resolution of conflict, exploring spiritual solutions for the various global and social problems. He retired from from that post in 2005.
Subsequently and until early 2015 Suheil became the Director of the Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace at the University of Maryland and was Senior Scholar of Peace Studies at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management.
Throughout his long career, he worked with generations of young people to promote a culture of peace.
He was recognized in the many countries in which he taught (Sudan, Nigeria, the U.K., Canada, Lebanon and the U.S.), for the transformation he brought about in the lives of his students.
Suheil Bushrui died at age 85 on September 2, 2015.