2015 Ikeda Forum: The Practice of Dignity

UPDATE! The event will be live-streamed from our YouTube page!


Save the Date for the
12th Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue!

The Practice of Dignity: What It Means Today

Saturday, October 24
1:00 – 5:00pm
(Followed by reception)

Continuing with our recent focus on dignity, this year’s Ikeda Forum will explore complexities and opportunities related to this important topic. Building on themes that were raised at last year’s Forum, we will consider dignity in relation to peace, global citizenship, and justice.    

In his 2013 Peace Proposal, Daisaku Ikeda states, “The inherent dignity of life does not manifest in isolation. Rather, it is through our active engagement with others that their unique and irreplaceable nature becomes evident. At the same time, the determination to protect that dignity against all incursions adorns and brings forth the luster of our own lives.” 

Inspired in part by this statement, as well as by the work and scholarship of this year’s three speakers, we will examine dignity as a practice that requires continual reflection, engagement, and action. We will also consider the role dignity plays in cultivating peaceful communities. 

Please join us on Saturday, October 24 for this timely and important discussion on what dignity means to us today. 

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here: rsvp@ikedacenter.org   


Meenakshi Chhabra, Associate Professor, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lesley University

Peter Stearns, Professor of History and Provost Emeritus, George Mason University

Gail Thomas, Professor of Sociology, Soka University of America

Read about the 2014 Ikeda Forum,
"Dignity of Life: The Heart of Human Rights and Peace Building"

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.


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