NORTH NEWTON, KAN. The Bethel College Convocation Series will offer a presentation by Andrew Rice, Oklahoma City, Okla., on "Exploiting Sept. 11th for Pre-Emptive War: How Our National Tragedy Was Used to Launch an Unjustified War." The program is scheduled for 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 23 in Krehbiel Auditorium, Fine Arts Center on the campus in North Newton. Admission is free and open to the public. Rice's older brother was killed on Sept. 11, 2001, in the World Trade Center where he worked for an investment firm. Andrew Rice is a member of the steering committee for the organization Sept. 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. The organization seeks to promote a legal, humane and rational response to 9/11. Peaceful Tomorrows was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Rice has spoken to groups and at rallies in 15 states and has been interviewed by the BBC, CBC, Fox News, and Oklahoma news stations.
Rice received a bachelor's degree in religious studies from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and a master of theological studies degree from Harvard University Divinity School. In 1999, he produced "From Ashes," a documentary about an ex-con who runs a hospice in rural India for individuals who are HIV positive. "From Ashes" screened at film festivals in the U.S., Canada and India. He has also worked as a freelance documentary producer and editor for BBC and PBS programs, including The Newshour with Jim Lehrer.
Bethel College students attend convocations twice weekly as part of the liberal arts experience. The series is designed to help students build community, broaden horizons and explore basic value issues.