Remembering Vincent Harding

Humanity has lost a friend of the truest kind. On May 19, 2014, historian Vincent Harding passed away, due to complications from an aneurysm. A friend and advisor to Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Harding was a towering, irreplaceable figure in the fields of peace, justice, religious pluralism, and social transformation. Over the course of nearly two decades, we at the Ikeda Center have benefited beyond measure from his wisdom. We are deeply grateful for the many contributions he made to our programs and publications. Please click to read more.

Report from "Breaking Gender Stereotypes"!

On July 27th, nearly sixty university students and young professionals turned out for the seventh Ikeda Center Dialogue Nights, this time on the theme of “Breaking Gender Stereotypes: Revealing Our True Nature.” The main purpose of the evening was to discuss how to challenge and overcome the gender stereotypes that hold all of us back from achieving our full human potential.

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Confronting the Apathy Epidemic

The enthusiasm evident at the Ikeda Center’s third Dialogue Nights event of 2018, held on May 18, belied the evening’s organizing topic: “The Apathy Epidemic.” Instead, the energetic presence of more than forty Boston-area university students and young professionals modeled a compelling answer to the evening’s subtheme, which asked: “What Is the Cure?” The evening was a collaboration between the Ikeda Center and Massachusetts Peace Action (MAPA) Next Gen. Click through to read an in-depth report on the event!

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Report from "Claiming Your Right to Live"!

On April 21, we hosted our first-ever student-led peace dialogue. The topic was nuclear weapons abolition. In preparation for the event, the students had been encouraged by peace educators Betty Reardon and Zeena Zakharia to ask generative questions of themselves and others about nuclear abolition. In so doing, they deepened participants' thinking about the topic and increased their motivation to act. "No one is an expert," said Dr. Reardon. "We are here to learn together!" Click through to read an in-depth report!

Dr. King's Interconnected Values

The occasion of fifty years passing since the tragic, wasteful assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., has inspired an abundance of valuable commentary on Dr. King's legacy. Chief among the points being made is that it wasn't race or civil rights per se that brought King to Memphis, but a sanitation workers strike.

March Dialogue Nights Event Celebrates Human Connection

On March 23 we held our fifth Dialogue Nights event of the series! Attendees watched a documentary, "The Island of All Together," in which tourists and Syrian refugees on a Greek island engage in genuine, heart-to-heart dialogue. Daisaku Ikeda's 2018 peace proposal guided small group discussions that explored questions such as, "How can we embrace and honor our differences and learn to live together?" Thank you to everyone who came out! Click through for more.

"Know Nukes" Panel Discussion in Cambridge

On Saturday, March 10, the Ikeda Center’s program coordinator, Lillian I, participated in Massachusetts Peace Action (MAPA) Next Gen’s first event, “Know Nukes.” Lillian joined a panel alongside Max Tegmark from the Future of Life Institute and Michelle Cunha of MAPA to discuss the current state of nuclear weapons, nuclear disarmament, the mentality behind nuclear war and deterrence, and other related topics.

Betty Reardon

Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Part Two

The second of two seminars on nuclear weapons abolition was held at the Ikeda Center on February 10, 2018. Peace educators Betty Reardon and Zeena Zakharia once again facilitated. This time, area university students envisioned paths to the entering into force of the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition on Nuclear Weapons. Click through to read our essay on the seminar, "New Awareness, Visionary Practicality & Nuclear Weapons Abolition."

Daisaku Ikeda

Daisaku Ikeda's 2018 Peace Proposal

Daisaku Ikeda's 2018 Peace Proposal emphasizes that a "human rights" focus provides the "key to resolving global issues and abolishing nuclear weapons," not least because it can help "overcome social divides." For Mr. Ikeda, "the challenge of creating the new reality of a global society where all may live in peace and dignity is not beyond our reach. And it is my firm belief that the solidarity of ordinary people will be the driving force for its realization."

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Photos From Our Recent Nuclear Disarmament Seminar!

On February 10, eleven Boston-area university students joined facilitators Betty Reardon and Zeena Zakharia for a daylong seminar on the topic of advancing the new movement toward nuclear weapons abolition. The interactive gathering was carefully structured in order to 1) elicit from students their view of what the major obstacles are that inhibit progress on nuclear weapons abolition; and 2) to help them visualize a clear sequence of action steps that ultimately will result in the entering into force of the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

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