The Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar at MIT will celebrate its 14th anniversary this fall with two lectures on contemporary Middle Eastern affairs. On Tuesday, Oct. 20, Professor Bassam Tibi of the University of Gï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ttingen in Germany and visiting scholar at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs will lecture on "Contemporary Islamic Movements: What Future?" On November 17, Professor Ali Banuazizi of the Department of Psychology at Boston College will deliver a lecture entitled "Iran: Toward A Post-Islamic Order."
The seminar is funded by the Bustani family of Beirut, Lebanon in memory of the late Emile M. Bustani, who received the SB in civil engineering in 1933. "Mr. Bustani was one of the Middle East's most prominent businessmen and philanthropists until his premature death in 1963. He was the founder and chairman of the Contracting and Trading Co., a leading construction and engineering firm with projects in the Middle East, Africa and the Far East," said Philip S. Khoury, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science (SHSS) and chairman of the Bustani Seminar, which is sponsored by the Center for International Studies.
Sessions take place at 4:30pm in Rm E51-095 (dining room) and are open to the public. For further information on the Bustani Middle East Seminar, contact Laurie Scheffler at x3-3121 or the SHSS dean's office at x3-3450.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 7, 1998.