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CIS plans 50th celebration

The Center for International Studies will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a day-long symposium covering topics such as "Research and the National Interest," "War and Peace in the 21st Century," "Human Rights and Justice" and "Global Education." The symposium will take place May 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Wong Auditorium.

The symposium will be preceded by a dinner May 15 at which President Charles M. Vest will announce a grant to endow the center. The grant is the largest ever from a private foundation in support of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Dr. Sadako Ogata, the former United Nation's High Commissioner for Refugees, will serve as keynote speaker at the dinner.

The Center for International Studies, which includes the Security Studies Program and the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), is dedicated to generating the knowledge, skills and leadership necessary to address an increasingly complex international political and economic environment.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 8, 2002.

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