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Feb. 10, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Tansa "Tony" Massoud, associate professor of political science at Bucknell University, will give the annual Class of 1956 Lecture Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Olin Science Auditorium (Room 268).

The lecture, "War and the Shaping of the Middle East," is open to the public without charge.

Established by the Class of 1956 as a graduation gift to the university, the lectureship is awarded to a member of the faculty in recognition of inspirational teaching.

Massoud was honored for his "excellence in the classroom and as an adviser, and dedication to enriching the teaching environment of the Bucknell community.

"His students uniformly rate his teaching as excellent and inspirational, and his colleagues appreciate his willingness to speak at university-wide forums regarding his expertise on the Middle East and his understanding of war and international relations.

"He conveys his passion for his subject, and while communicating solid information, he invites and challenges the listeners to come to their own conclusions."

A graduate of Union College, Massoud holds a Ph.D. in political science from New York University. At Bucknell since1990, he has served as the academic coordinator of residential colleges, and currently coordinates the peace studies program.

His research interests include international relations, comparative politics, and Middle East studies (conflict/peace, war, Arab-Israeli conflict, democracy, and Lebanon.)

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