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On Monday, November 4, two speakers at Colby College in Waterville will discuss their personal experiences with war and terrorism. Seiko Ikeda, a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing, and Colby graduate Andrew Rice, who lost a brother in the September 11 terrorist attacks, will explain their views on the necessity of nonviolence and disarmament. The event will begin at 4 p.m. in Room 100 of the Lovejoy Building. It is open to the public and free of charge.
Seiko Ikeda is vice chair of the board of directors of the Hiroshima Prefectural Confederation of A-Bomb Sufferers Organizations. Born in 1932, she was 1.5 kilometers from the hypocenter of the Hiroshima atomic bombing. As a result of her exposure at the age of 12 she suffered serious burns and disfiguration. For 45 years Ikeda has been engaged in peace activities and lectures in nuclear-armed countries throughout the world.
Andrew Rice, whose older brother David was killed on September 11, 2001, in the World Trade Center, is a member of Peaceful Tomorrows, an advocacy organization founded by family members of September 11th victims. Rice speaks regularly as a proponent for a restorative, non-violent response to the September 11 terrorist attacks. He lives in Houston, Texas, and works for the Texas Freedom Network, an organization that counters the influence of religious extremism in politics and organizes more than 400 progressive Texas religious leaders to speak out in favor of compassionate and inclusive democratic communities. Rice is a member of the Colby Class of 1996 and earned a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard University Divinity School in 1999. In 1999, he produced From Ashes, a documentary about an ex-con who runs a hospice for rejected HIV-positive people in rural India. He also has worked as a documentary producer and editor for BBC and PBS programs.
This event is sponsored by a grant from the Freeman Foundation.