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Bustani lectures to feature Avishai

PLEASE NOTE: The Feb. 25 lecture has been canceled as of Feb. 19, 2008.

The Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar at MIT, now in its 22nd year, will present two lectures this spring on contemporary Middle Eastern affairs.

On Feb. 25, Egyptian Finance Minister Youssef Boutros-Ghali PhD '80 will deliver a lecture titled "Building a Smart Economy: The Egyptian Experience." On April 1, author Bernard Avishai will deliver a lecture titled "Globalized Israel: Why Olmert's Center Government Is the Last--and Best--Chance for a Peace Deal."

The seminar is funded by the Bustani family of Beirut, Lebanon, in memory of the late Emile Bustani, who received the SB in civil engineering in 1933. The Bustani Middle East Seminar is sponsored by the Center for International Studies.

The Feb. 25 session is co-sponsored by the MIT Department of Economics and will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Room E51-315; the April 1 session will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Room E51-095. Both sessions are open to the public.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 13, 2008 (download PDF).

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