Video Galleries

Welcome to the Ikeda Center video page, which we launched in October 2010. Our first videos featured Jim Garrison and Larry Hickman talking about some of John Dewey's core ideas. Since then, we have asked many of our speakers and authors to reflect on the various dimensions of humanistic philosophy. Each section contains multiple clips. We've also created a brief video introducing our mission, vision, and activities.

2016 Ikeda Forum with Ceasar McDowell

The featured speaker at the 2016 Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue was Ceasar McDowell of MIT who explored the topic of "Crisis or Opportunity: A Dialogue on Democracy, Inclusion, and Community." His remarks focused on ways to create inclusive dialogue in our polarized environment.
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2015 Ikeda Forum: The Practice of Dignity

This page features all three presentations from the 2015 Ikeda Forum: "The Practice of Dignity: What It Looks Like Today." The speakers were Meenakshi Chhabra of Lesley University, Gail Thomas of Soka University of America, and Peter Stearns of George Mason University.
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Anita Patterson: Reverence, Peace, Hope

Anita Patterson is a literature professor at Boston University whose work focuses on American literature, modernism, and black poetry of the Americas. Dr. Patterson is a longtime friend of and contributor to the Ikeda Center. Here she discusses the influence of Emerson and how she creates a classroom experience conducive to reverence, peace building, and hope.
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Betty Reardon Explores Peace Building: UN 1325 & More

Betty Reardon is founder of the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE) and one of the civil society originators of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security, which addresses the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women. She explores the meaning of 1325 in three of the six clips gathered here. In the others she considers various social and global contexts for peace building.
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2014 Ikeda Forum on Dignity

This page features all three presentations from the 2014 Ikeda Forum, "Dignity of Life: The Heart of Human Rights and Peace Building." Sharing their experiences and perspectives were Andrea Bartoli of Seton Hall University, Charlie Clements of Harvard Kennedy School, and Mari Fitzduff of Brandeis University.
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Reflections on the Dignity of Life

How can deep respect for the dignity of life ground and guide our efforts in the related fields of education, human rights, conflict resolution, and public health? Meenakshi Chhabra of Lesley University, Donna Hicks of Harvard's Weatherhead Center, Charlie Clements of Harvard Kennedy School, and Andrea Bartoli of Seton Hall University offer some reflections.
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Sarah Wider: The Art of True Relations

Following the publication of her new dialogue with Daisaku Ikeda, The Art of True Relations: Conversations on the Poetic Heart of Human Possiility, Dr. Sarah Wider sat down with us to explore themes from the book, such as "The Women of Transcendentalism."
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Thoughts on Our Core Convictions

In September 2013, we created a series of video clips with scholars offering reflections on some of our core convictions. This feature includes thoughts from Jason Goulah of DePaul University, Bill Schubert of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Ved Nanda of the University of Denver, Gonzalo Obelleiro of Teachers College, Columbia University, and Winston Langley of UMass Boston.
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Lou Marinoff: The Power of Philosophy

The day after speaking at an Ikeda Center event celebrating the publication of The Inner Philosopher, which he co-authored with Daisaku Ikeda, Dr. Marinoff spoke with us about philosophy's transformative power.
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Marinoff, Dillard, and Lerner: Cultivating the Greater Self

At the 2011 Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, Lou Marinoff, Ann Dillard, and Bernice Lerner spoke on the topic of "the greater self."
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Monte Joffee: Implementing Humanistic Education

In 2011, educator Monte Joffee discussed with us the challenges of implementing humanistic education in public schools.
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Judith Thompson: Social Healing and the Greater Self

In July 2011, Dr. Judith Thompson, Co-Director of the Social Healing Project, talked with us about how the lens of social healing encourages an expansive sense of self and community.
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Vincent Harding: The Meaning of the Democratic Spirit in Our Time

The day after the seventh annual Ikeda Forum, in November 2010, historian Vincent Harding reflected on the many dimensions of the democratic spirit. He draws upon his experience as friend and confidant of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Vincent Harding: On Mortality and Love's Continuity

In September 2013, Professor Vincent Harding reflected on ways his participation in the 2008 Ikeda Forum influenced his understanding of mortality.
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Larry Hickman and Jim Garrison: John Dewey's Vision of Peace, Democracy, and Education

Dewey scholars Jim Garrison and Larry Hickman sat down with us in early October 2010 to discuss Dewey's perspective on democracy, education, peacebuilding, American Exceptionalism, and the interaction of ends and means in the quest for social progress.
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