2023 Ikeda Forum | Dialogues of the Heart: The Role of Literature in Fostering Inner Transformation and Peace

Three participants engage in dialogue at the 2019 Ikeda Forum

Our heartfelt thanks to all who attended this inspiring event. Please check back soon for an in-depth article on the Forum. 

In commemoration of the Ikeda Center’s 30th anniversary, on September 16 (1 - 4:30 pm) we will host our annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue examining the role of literature in fostering inner transformation and peace, especially in these increasingly divisive times. As the 19th event in the series, this year’s forum will feature a dialogue with renowned scholars exploring Daisaku Ikeda’s engagement with literature as an indispensable tool to actualizing our personal and social potential for peace and wellbeing. They will also share their own stories of encountering and being transformed by literature. Our panelists include Drs. Anita Patterson, Ashley Foster, Giulia Pellizzato, Ikea Johnson, Jason Goulah, Jim Garrison, Kenneth Price, and Sarah Wider. Read bios on the panelists here.

The forum will also include a pre-event reception with food, icebreaker activities, small group discussions and reflections, a musical performance, and more.

Free admission. Pre-event reception with food begins at 12:30 pm. 


For everyone’s health and safety, we ask the following:

  • Should you have any COVID-like symptoms, or are not feeling well, we kindly look forward to seeing you at a future in-person event!
  • Masks are now optional.

What is the Ikeda Forum? The annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue explores connections between life affirming philosophies deriving from literary, cultural, and educational traditions in the East and West. It is named after Center founder Daisaku Ikeda in honor of his untiring commitment to dialogue as the surest path to peace.