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Bustani seminars focus on Mideast

The Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar at MIT will celebrate its 21st anniversary this fall with a single lecture on contemporary Middle Eastern affairs. On Sept. 19, Professor Augustus Richard Norton of Boston University will speak on "Requiem on the 2006 Israel-Lebanon War."

The seminar is funded by the Bustani family of Beirut, Lebanon, in memory of the late Emile M. Bustani, who received the S.B. 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, associate provost and chair of the Bustani Seminar. This session is sponsored by the Center for International Studies and the Technology and Culture Forum.

The lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Room E51-345 (Bowen Hall) and is open to the public. For further information on the Bustani Middle East Seminar, contact Laurie Scheffler at x3-3121.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 13, 2006 (download PDF).

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