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June 11, 1999

Former Lebanese President to Lecture on Mideast Peace

WHO: Amin Gemayel, 1982-1988 President of the Republic of Lebanon

WHAT: Free lecture, "Lebanon and the Regional Peace Process"

WHEN: 6 p.m. June 11

WHERE: Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E.

BACKGROUND

President Gemayel's lecture will address some of the ramifications of the new attempts at reviving the Arab-Israeli peace process.

Mr. Gemayel was born in Bikfaya in 1942. He graduated from St. Joseph University in Beirut in 1965 with a law degree. In 1970, at the age of 28, he became the youngest member of the Lebanese Parliament. In 1982, he was elected President of the Republic of Lebanon during a civil war. His goals as president were to maintain Lebanon's sovereignty and territorial integrity; to recreate permanent structures for a continuing dialogue among Lebanon's diverse communities; to restore and modernize state institutions; to strengthen Lebanon's relations with the Arab world, and to ensure that Lebanon played a constructive role in regional and global affairs.

When his term expired, Mr. Gemayel came to the United States and joined the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, where he spent the academic year 1988-1989 lecturing and writing about his political experience as president of Lebanon. The book he wrote that year, Rebuilding Lebanon's Future, was published in 1992 by the Harvard Center for International Affairs. Mr. Gemayel is the authorof three other books: Peace and Unity (London: Colin Smythe, 1986), L'Offense et le pardon (Paris: Gallimard, 1988) and Meditations d'espoir (Paris: JC Lattes, 1990).

In addition to his political and academic activities, Mr. Gemayel created the non-profit INMA Foundation in 1976, which focuses on the social, political and economic problems of Lebanon and the Middle East. Among the organizations that are part of INMA is Bayt al-Mustaqbal (the House of the Future), a think tank that publishes a quarterly journal in three languages called Halliyyat (Panorama of Events). President Gemayel also publishes Le Reveil, a daily French-language Lebanese newspaper.

This spring Mr. Gemayel is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland, where he is working on another book on the history and politics of modern Lebanon.

The lecture is sponsored by the African and Middle Eastern Division. Housed in its reading room are materials in a variety of vernacular scripts, such as Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Georgian, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish and Yiddish. The African and Middle Eastern Division plays a key role in providing reference and bibliographic services on a pivotal world area. It also maintains contact with international scholarly and professional organizations that relate to this geographic region.

Interpreting services (American Sign Language, Contact Signing, Oral and/or Tactile) will be provided if requested five business days in advance of the event. E-mail isp@loc.gov or call (202) 707-6362 TTY and voice to make a specific request. For other ADA accommodations, contact the Disability Employment office at (202) 707-9948 TTY and (202) 707-7544 voice.

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PR 99-082 (rev.)
6/11/99
ISSN 0731-3527

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