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The Ikeda Center launched its new Indigo Talks series on July 22 with a lecture by Dr. Francyne Huckaby called “Two Bundles of Reeds: (In)evitable Pain, (Im)possible Promise.” Dr. Huckaby is Associate Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor of Curriculum Studies in the College of Education at Texas Christian University, as well as past president of the Society of Professors of Education. Named after the Buddhist expression “from the indigo, an even deeper blue,” Indigo Talks is a new lecture series featuring renowned intellectuals in dialogue with...

Over the course of its 28-year history, the Ikeda Center has engaged steadily in dialogue to explore the many dimensions of local and global cultures of peace. From interreligious dialogue to investigations into such topics as restorative justice, mortality, and humanistic education to planning sessions for the Earth Charter, participants in Center events and book projects furthered the cause of human flourishing.

And while pursuits of these sorts continue unabated as we approach our 30th anniversary, over the last few years we also have engaged more directly in efforts to...

Ben Ferencz

The great humanist and peacebuilder Ben Ferencz appeared on 60 Minutes last night (June 27) in an interview with Lesley Stahl. The segment reminded us how lucky we were to have hosted Mr. Ferencz for a visit in 2015. The only living prosecutor from the Nuremberg Trials, Ferencz is tireless in traveling the world to communicate his twin messages of Law Not War! and Never Give Up! In addition to his successful prosection of high-ranking Nazis at Nuremberg, he was instrumental in the creation of the International Criminal Court in 1998. Ferencz is a truly one-of-a-kind human...

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We are delighted to share that we have launched a new podcast called, "The Dialogue Studio." This new series will explore the transformational practice of dialogue and why it is important, especially in this current moment. In these episodes, you will hear from individuals from all walks of life sharing what dialogue means to them and how they are practicing it in their daily lives. We will also introduce Center founder Daisaku Ikeda's philosophy of dialogue and the various approaches and...

With contributions from more than 20 authors, Hope and Joy in Education promises to enhance our understanding of how best to promote hope and joy in our schools and learning environments, both during this time of unprecedented challenges and in the years to come. With that in mind, the Center's Mitch Bogen recently reviewed the entire book to identify cross-cutting themes that emerge from the unique constellation of perspectives contained in this volume. Two above all asserted themselves: (1) that the fostering of hope and joy in the classroom requires a certain perspective of us...

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The Ikeda Center’s second virtual Dialogue Nights, held on May 14, 2021, took place just as life in the United States was starting its long-anticipated transition toward “a new normal,” one defined by far fewer restrictions and many more opportunities to gather safely with others. Sensing that times of transition are especially fruitful for both reflection and hope, the Center program team decided to build the discussion around the theme of “Unpacking COVID-19: What We Learned, What We Lost, and What We Will Carry Forward.”

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This April, Center founder Daisaku Ikeda was chosen by the curriculum studies division of the American Educational Research Association to be the 2021 recipient of their Ella Baker/Septima Clark Human Rights Award, recognizing Mr. ikeda's lifelong devotion to and achievements in human rights, peacebuilding, and education. This Instagram post from Soka University of America shares the purposes of the award and words of appreciation from Mr. Ikeda:

According to the AERA, the Ella Baker/Septima Clark "honors the memory of two giants of the Black Freedom...

We were thrilled when Teachers College Press chose our newest book, Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum and Context, for April 2021 publication. This is because TC Press is the most prominent university-based publisher of academic education titles in the US while also being among the most respected in the field. Their reach is wide and their quality high. Hope and Joy is actually not our only TC Press title, however. In the mid-oughts, just prior to the...

The Ikeda Center’s newest book, Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum and Context, launched in virtual but grand style on April 15. Nearly 300 attendees from 20 countries gathered on Zoom to hear editors Isabel Nuñez and Jason Goulah discuss their motivations and hopes for this groundbreaking multi-author volume, developed by the Ikeda Center and published by Teachers College Press. In this book, more than 20 contributers place their educational practice into dialogue with Daisaku Ikeda's ideas on value-creating education.

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We are thrilled to announce the publication of our newest title, Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum and Context! Published by Teachers College Press in association with the Ikeda Center, and edited by Isabel Nuñez and Jason Goulah, the volume features nearly 20 authors from diverse disciplines considering and affirming the many places across curriculum and context where hope and joy both are or can be strong and vibrant. Grounded in the life-affirming ideals of renowned education philosopher and school founder...

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