THEMES: Environmental & Global Ethics

The core values of sustainability and interdependence are distilled most clearly through inquiries into the right relationship of humans with one another and with the natural world.

Students Lead Nuclear Abolition Peace Dialogue

On April 21, 2018, six Boston-area university students led a public dialogue called "Nuclear Abolition: Claiming Your Right to Live." Moderating a panel discussion with the students were peace educators Betty Reardon and Zeena Zakharia, who previously conducted two seminars on the topic with these and other Boston-area students.
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Student Seminar on Nuclear Abolition

The Ikeda Center hosted its first ever student peace seminar in October 2017. Facilitated by pioneering feminist peace educator Betty Reardon and Zeena Zakharia of UMass Boston, fifteen Boston-area university students engaged in creative problem solving aimed at abolishing nuclear weapons.
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Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Seminar 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. Students envisioned paths to the entering into force of the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition on Nuclear Weapons.
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Nuclear Nuclear Abolition Resource Guide

Compiled by the student participants in the 2017-18 nuclear weapons abolition seminar series, this guide provides a comprehensive overview of organizations devoted to the cause of disarmament. These findings were presented at the April 21, 2018, seminar, Claiming Your Right to Live.
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Our World To Make Author Event

On September 26, 2015, a Ved Nanda spoke at the Ikeda Center about themes Our World To Make: Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Rise of Global Civil Society. Dr. Nanda, who is a professor of law at the University of Denver, co-authored the book with Center founder Daisaku Ikeda.
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Crossing Borders: Seminar with Chhabra and Kew

Meenakshi Chhabra of Lesley University and Darren Kew of UMass Boston were joined by 14 Boston-area university students for a discussion on the complexities of conflict resolution, mediation, and peace building. They emphasized ways to cross the borders separating religions.
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Lecture Looks to the Wisdom of Nature

In 2004, author Janine Benyus lectured at the Center on themes found in her 1997 book, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. She focused on adapting nature’s best ideas for use to enhance life on Earth.
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Ethics and the Earth Charter: A Conversation with Steven Rockefeller

From 1997 to 2000, Dr. Rockefeller led the process of drafting the Earth Charter, a document that "reflects the new consensus on shared values that is taking form in the emerging global civil society."
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Re-imaging Self, Other, and the Natural World, Part 1

The first day of a two-day conference celebrating the Center's 10th anniversary (in 2003) featured Steven Rockefeller, Virginia Straus, Tu Weiming, and Sarah Conn exploring the topic of global interconnectedness.
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Re-imaging Self, Other, and the Natural World, Part 2

The second day of a two-day conference celebrating the Center's 10th anniversary (in 2003) focused on relational-cultural theory. Jan Surrey, Christina Robb, and Kris Rondeau discussed this new model of human development and behavior.
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Religious Pluralism and Transformative Education

This round table discussion features remarks from advisors to the Wellesley College Education as Transformation Project: Diana Eck, Vincent Harding, Diana Chapman Walsh, and Parker Palmer.
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Revisiting "The Age of Soft Power"

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Daisaku Ikeda's Sept. 1991 Harvard University address, "The Age of Soft Power," Professors Nur Yalman and Winston Langley engaged in dialogue with twenty Boston-area university students on topics from the talk.
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