Bustani seminars focus on Middle Eastern affairs


The Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar will celebrate its 17th anniversary this fall with three Tuesday afternoon lectures on contemporary Middle Eastern affairs.

On Sept. 17, Dr. Ibrahim Warde, a writer for Le Monde Diplomatique and author of Islamic Finance in the Global Economy will speak on "September 11th: Why Did U.S. Intelligence Really Fail?"

On Oct. 8, Robert Malley, director of the International Crisis Group's Middle East Program and former special assistant to President Clinton for Arab-Israeli Affairs, will deliver a lecture entitled "The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Where From and Where to?"

On Oct. 22, Dr. Leila Farsakh, research affiliate in the MIT Center for International Studies, will give a presentation on "Palestinian Labor Migration to Israel: Is the Story Over?"

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, dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (SHASS) and chair of the Bustani Seminar, which is sponsored by the Center for International Studies.

Sessions take place at 4:30 p.m. in Room E51-095 (dining room) and are open to the public. For further information on the Bustani Middle East Seminar, contact Laurie Scheffler at 253-3121 or the SHASS dean's office at 253-3450.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 11, 2002.


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