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Talk topics include nuclear weapons, Mideast, Internet

Lectures at MIT in the coming week include the 12th annual Bustani seminar, Harvard Provost Albert Carnesale speaking on nuclear proliferation, and Professor Sherry Turkle discussing "The Computer Culture and You."


Albert Carnesale, provost of Harvard University and Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Public Policy and Administration, will present the David J. Rose Lecture on Nu-clear Technology on Monday, October 7 at 4pm in Bartos Theater (Building E15). The lecture, entitled "Nuclear Proliferation After the Cold War," will be followed by a reception in the atrium outside the lecture hall.

Dr. Carnesale is a former dean of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. His research and teaching have focused on international relations and national security policy with emphasis on issues associated with nuclear weapons and arms control. Educated as a nuclear engineer, he led the US delegation to the International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Evaluation (1978-80), a 66-nation study of the relationship between civilian nuclear power and proliferation of nuclear weapons.

The lectureship honors the memory of David J. Rose, professor emeritus of nuclear engineering, and was established in 1984 to recognize both his technical work in fusion technology, energy and nuclear waste disposal, and his concern with ethical problems arising from advances in science and technology.


The Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar at MIT will celebrate its 12th anniversary this fall with three lectures on contemporary Middle Eastern affairs.

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Professor Irene Gendzier of Boston University will lecture on "Archival Secrets: US Policy in the Postwar Middle East." On Tuesday, Oct. 29, Dr. Yahya Sadowski of the Brookings Institution will deliver a lecture entitled "Democratization in the Arab World: Is There a Future?" On Monday, December 2, Andre Raymond, Professor of History at the University of Aix-en-Provence, France, will speak on "The Traditional Arab City and the Problems of its Preservation," a lecture which will be co-sponsored by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture.

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, according to Philip S. Khoury, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science and chairman of the Bustani Seminar. Mr. Bustani was the founder and chairman of the Contracting and Trading Co., a construction and engineering firm with projects in the Middle East, Africa and the Far East. The Seminar is sponsored by MIT's Center for International Studies.

Sessions, which are open to the public, will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Rm E51-095 (Dining Room), with the exception of the December 2 lecture (details will be provided later). For further information on the Seminar, contact Laurie Scheffler, x3-3121, or the Dean's Office in the School of Humanities and Social Science, x3-3450.


Sherry Turkle, Professor of the Sociology of Science in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, will speak on "The Computer Culture and You" at a Women's Forum talk on Monday, Oct. 7 from noon-1pm in Killian Hall (Rm 14W-111).

Professor Turkle is the author of The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit (1984) and Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet (1995). Her talk will explore how electronic communications are changing us and the way we work, do business and maintain friendships. She will discuss her research and answer such questions as "is there guy-speak/girl-speak on the Internet?" and "what differences do gender and the pretense-or absence-of gender make in the virtual world?"

All are welcome at the talk. Professor Turkle's home page is at .

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 2, 1996.

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