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FAU Political Science Professor Robert Rabil to Present Commencement Speech at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Rabil will also Receive an Honorary Degree

BOCA RATON, FL (April 11, 2012) – Robert Rabil, Ph.D., associate professor of political science at Florida Atlantic University, will be the keynote speaker for the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) 113th commencement on Saturday, May 19 in North Adams, Massachusetts. Rabil, who is a 1987 graduate of MCLA, will also receive an honorary doctorate of humanities degree at the ceremony.

"I am deeply touched and honored by this recognition," said Rabil.

Rabil has offered his expertise and insight to a range of national and international media outlets. He has spoken at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins, Brandeis, Case Western Reserve, and the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, and has participated in roundtable discussions and forums sponsored by the United States government, including the U.S. Army and National Intelligence Council. He also has served as the chief of emergency services for the Red Cross in Beirut, Lebanon, taught at Suffolk University, and was the project manager of the U. S. State Department-funded Iraq Research and Documentation Project.

Rabil is the author of Embattled Neighbors: Syria, Israel, and Lebanon (2003); Syria, the United States, and the War on Terror in the Middle East (2006); and Religion, National Identity and Confessional Politics in Lebanon: The Challenge of Islamism (2011). His articles have appeared in major newspapers and academic journals, including the Wall Street Journal, Chicago-Sun Times, Daily Star (Beirut), History News Network, National Interest, CNN, Middle East Journal, Middle East Policy, the Journal of International Security Affairs, Middle East Quarterly, and Middle East Review of International Affairs. He also contributed a number of book chapters on Political Islam and Middle Eastern Politics.

Rabil earned his Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, his master’s degree in government from Harvard University Extension School and his Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from MCLA.


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