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Rajmohan Gandhi to present Bethel College Peace Lecture

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Rajmohan Gandhi will speak on "Security in a Bitter World: A Superpower’s Options" at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5 in Krehbiel Auditorium, Fine Arts Center at Bethel College, North Newton. The lecture is part of the 2003-04 Bethel College Peace Lecture Series. Admission is free and open to the public. His grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi, pioneer of passive resistance, was recognized as one of the greatest figures of the 20th century. Rajmohan Gandhi is a journalist, political scientist and historian. He currently serves as a visiting professor in the South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies program and as academic director of Global Crossroads International Living and Learning Community at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He has been a jury member of the Nuremberg International Human Rights Award, a member of the International Council’s Initiatives of Change, co-chair for the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation in Gurgaon, India, and a commentator for The Hindu and The Hindustan Times.

He has also served as a research professor at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. He was a member of the Upper House of India’s Parliament, and he led the Indian delegation to the U.N. Human Rights Commission annual meeting in Geneva. Rajmohan Gandhi holds a master’s degree in economics from Delhi University.

"This is the first time Rajmohan Gandhi has spoken in this area. We are pleased to have as a part of our lecture series a person who has received so many commendations and who is sought after as a speaker by so many groups," says KIPCOR director Gary Flory. "He will provide insights about our world and our country, and I’m convinced that this is a lecture that people will want to hear."

This lecture is made possible in part by the J. Winfield Fretz lecture fund and John and Betty Zehr.

For information on additional events in this year’s Peace Lecture series, contact Gary Flory or Jean Isaac at the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at Bethel College, (316) 284-5217.

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