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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...

It is Dialogue Nights tradition for Ikeda Center Program Manager Lillian I to welcome everyone and offer introductory remarks. This first virtual Dialogue Nights was no different. Addressing the 45 young people in attendance, she explained that Dialogue Nights seeks to give expression to Center founder Daisaku Ikeda’s conviction, gained from his many decades of engagement with openminded, openhearted dialogue, that “rich reserves of goodness . . . are equally the possession of all people” and that “if we base ourselves on the kind of dialogue that awakens and brings forth that...

On January 26, 2021, the 39th annual peace proposal by Daisaku Ikeda, founder of the Ikeda Center and president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), titled “Value Creation in a Time of Crisis,” was released, marking the anniversary of the founding of the SGI. President Ikeda calls for further global cooperation to address the key issues of our time: the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, and the need to rid the world of nuclear weapons. These issues are not constrained by national borders and cannot be solved by any one government or organization alone. He comments, “Our shared...

The first ever “virtual” Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue demonstrated the very concept it explored: value creation. There is no replacing the particular energy and sense of connection that define good in-person events. But there is true meaning to be found and fresh experiences to be had in the creative responses to the pandemic that has altered daily life around the globe in ways both painful and tragic, unimaginable just one year ago. This 16th annual Ikeda Forum, which was called “Value Creation: Our Unlimited Power to Face Overwhelming Challenges” and held on December 10,...

Mr. Yoshiki Tanigawa, President of the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue, recently announced a staff leadership change to take effect on January 1, 2021. Mr. Tanigawa said the board of the Ikeda Center has appointed Kevin Maher, the Center’s current Program Director, as the next Executive Director. Virginia Benson, who has served as Executive Director for 19 of the Center’s 27 years, will become Senior Executive Advisor, continuing to work on a part-time basis for the Center. 

Reflecting on his promotion and time at the Ikeda Center, Maher shared, “I am deeply honored...

Zoom screenshot of the Ikeda Center Staff and Ikeda Forum Panelists waving

On Thursday, December 10th, we held our 16th Annual Ikeda Forum, "Value Creation: Our Unlimited Power To Face Overwhelming Challenges!" It was the first ever Ikeda Forum hosted via webinar. As a result, a total of 318 participants joined from 27 countries! We are so thankful to all who took the time to join us from many different time zones! We would also like to extend our tremendous gratitude to our five amazing panelists: Dr. Anita Patterson of Boston University, Dr. Jason Goulah of DePaul University, Anna Lane, William Moody, and Vivian Suhanosky. We learned so much from your...

One of the Ikeda Center's best instances of turning lemons into lemonade during this pandemic year—best acts of value creation, if you will—has been how our program staff has successfully translated our in-person dialogue events into online "virtual dialogues." It's thrilling to be online together with participants from all around the world, dialed in and eager to explore creative ways of building diverse peace cultures. Still, it's hard not to be nostalgic for the unique experience of in-person dialogue, especially as it developed through our Dialogue Nights series over the last three...

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