2013 - 2016

In September 2013 the Center celebrated the twentieth anniversary of its founding by Daisaku Ikeda in 1993. Many scholarly friends from the Center's extensive network were in attendance. During 2013 to 2016 Dialogue Path Press published five Ikeda dialogues: America Will Be! Conversations on Hope, Freedom, and Democracy (with Vincent Harding, 2013), The Art of True Relations: Conversations on the Heart of Human Possibility (with Sarah Wider, February 2014), Living As Learning: John Dewey in the 20th Century (with Jim Garrison and Larry Hickman, October 2014), Our World To Make: Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Rise of Global Civil Society (with Ved Nanda, 2015), and Knowing Our Worth: Conversations on Energy and Sustainability (with Ernst Ulrich von Weizsacker, 2016). The annual Ikeda Forum continued, featuring Vinent Harding discussing community and the power of dreams in 2013; exploring the nature and practice of dignity in 2014 and 2015, respectively; and celebrating democracy, inclusion, and community in 2016. The student/youth seminar series continued, exploring topics such as militarism, creativity, and conflict resolution. The Center also co-sponsored a panel discussion at the University of San Francisco on peace education in international contexts.

2013

April 5, 2013
An Education Fellows seminar brought fellows Julie Nagashima and Mahi Takazawa to the Ikeda Center for a meeting and status updates with Advisory Council members Larry Hickman (chair), Ann Diller, David T. Hansen, Jim Garrison, Virginia Benson, and Nel Noddings.

April 6, 2013
A seminar called "Exploring a New Humanism" featured Dewey scholars Jim Garrison of Virginia Tech University and Larry Hickman of Southern Illinois University in dialogue with students from several Boston-area universities.

August 2013
Dialogue Path Press releases its fourth title, America Will Be! Conversations on Hope, Freedom, and Democracy, featuring Daisaku Ikeda and historian Vincent Harding discussing the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the meaning of the Civil Rights Movement for our time.

September 28, 2013
The Ikeda Center welcomes scholarly friends from across the United States and around the world for a twentieth anniversary celebration. In attendance was Center founder Daisaku Ikeda's eldest son, Hiromasa Ikeda, who spoke about his father's commitment to dialogue as the surest path to peace.

October 17, 2013
The Ikeda Center co-sponsored with George Mason University (GMU) a seminar called “Global Citizenship and Cultural Assumptions About Peace and the Military.” Held at GMU, the event featured GMU students in dialogue with faculty members Peter Stearns, Andrea Bartoli, and William Reeder.

November 9, 2013
The tenth annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue was called "We the People: Who Are We, and What Is Our Work," and featured reflections from, and dialogue with, historian and activist Dr. Vincent Harding.

2014

February 2014
The fifth Dialogue Path Press title is published. Called The Art of True Relations: Conversations on the Poetic Heart of Human Possibility, the dialogue features Sarah Wider and Daisaku Ikeda.

February 22, 2014
Author Sarah Wider spoke at the Center about themes from her recently-published book with Daisaku Ikeda, The Art of True Relations: Conversations on the Poetic Heart of Human Possibility.

May 14, 2014
Boston-area university students engaged with Steve Gould of Lesley University and Bernice Lerner of Hebrew College in a dialogue called, "The Interplay of Creativity, Peace Building, and Education."

September 27, 2014
The eleventh annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue was called "Dignity of Life: The Heart of Human Rights and Peace Building." The speakers were:

Andrea Bartoli, Dean, the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University
Charlie Clements, Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Mari Fitzduff, Professor and founding Director, the International Masters of Arts Program in Coexistence and Conflict, Brandeis University

October 2014
Dialogue Path Press publishes Living As Learning: John Dewey in the 21stCentury, by Dewey scholars Jim Garrison and Larry Hickman, and Daisaku Ikeda.

November 15, 2014
Living As Learning co-authors (with Daisaku Ikeda) Jim Garrison and Larry Hickman appear at Columbia University’s Teachers College, in an event co-sponsored by Teachers College and the Ikeda Center, to discuss themes from the book, especially resonances between humanistic Buddhism and American Pragmatism.

2015

January 31, 2015
Donna Hicks is author of Dignity: The Essential Role it Plays in Resolving Conflict. In a lecture and discussion she shared findings from her experience using the framework of dignity to help resolve conflicts worldwide.

May 4, 2015
Meenakshi Chhabra of Lesley University and Darren Kew of UMass Boston were joined by Boston-area university students for a discussion on the complexities of conflict resolution, mediation, and peace building.

September 2015
Dialogue Path Press publishes Our World To Make: Hindusim, Buddhism, and the Rise of Global Civil Society, by Ved Nanda, a leader in the field of international law, and Daisaku Ikeda.

September 26, 2015
Professor Ved Nanda appears at the Ikeda Center for a book launch event for Our World To Make: Hindusim, Buddhism, and the Rise of Global Civil Society, which he co-authored with Daisaku Ikeda.

October 24, 2015
The twelfth annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue was called "The Practice of Dignity: What It Means Today." The speakers were:

Meenakshi Chhabra, Associate Professor of Global Interdisciplinary Studies, Lesley University
Gail Thomas, Professor of Sociology, Soka University of America
Peter Stearns, Professor of History and Provost Emeritus, George Mason University

2016

March 11, 2016
The Ikeda Center co-hosts a panel discussion held at the University of San Francisco called "Glimmers of Hope: Peace Education Around the Globe." The speakers were Monisha Bajaj, Maria Hantzopoulos, Matt Meyer, and Tetsushi Ogata. The Dean of the USF School of Education, Kevin Kumashiro, introduced the event, and Mahi Takazawa moderated.

March 2016
Dialogue Path Press publishes Knowing Our Worth: Conversations on Energy and Sustainability, by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsacker, a leader in the field of environmental policy and practice, and Daisaku Ikeda.

October 27, 2016
The 13th Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue featured Ceasar McDowell leading an event called "Crisis or Opportunity: A Dialogue on Democracy, Inclusion, Community." Dr. McDowell is Professor of Civic Design at M.I.T.

 

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