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With nearly 250 participants attending from 27 countries via Zoom, the 2021 Ikeda Forum exemplified a uniquely 21st century version of global citizenship. Enabling so many people in so many far flung locations to dialogue face to face about topics of importance to humankind is a technological gift that holds great potential for fostering global cultures of peace. Yet the core insight of the forum, which was based on Daisaku Ikeda’s conception of global citizenship, was that while the making of international connections is valuable, the journey toward becoming a true global citizen begins...

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In this special episode of the Dialogue Studio, host Lillian I speaks with Ikeda Center’s recently appointed Executive Director Kevin Maher about the Center’s work and mission; memorable moments from his 19 years at the Center; how dialogue has played a role in his life; and much more. Listen to the end to hear one of Kevin’s favorite quotes from Center founder Daisaku Ikeda!


Oct '21 DN

During times of crisis, personal or social, we often feel an obligation to be strong, for ourselves and others. There is a reason for this, of course, since much value is created in this manner. But what are the costs of always being strong? And what are benefits of being, not weak, but at least vulnerable at such times? These are some of the questions that inspired to topic of the Ikeda Center’s October 2021 Virtual Dialogue Nights, “Embracing Our Vulnerability: Our Path to Genuine Growth,” which featured more than 30 participants joining from many time zones around the world.


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In this new video interview, the acclaimed educator Johnny Lupinacci talks with the Ikeda Center's Anri Tanabe and Mitch Bogen on the diverse aspects of inclusively teaching for peace in both K - 12 and higher eduction settings. Dr. Lupinacci is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education at Washington State University. He also contributed a chapter to the Center's new multi-author volume, Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum...

On October 14, Gutman Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Education hosted a book talk event celebrating the publication of of our newest title, Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum and Context. More than 175 people from 17 countries gathered virtually to hear editors Isabel Nuñez and Jason Goulah reflect on how the book came to be and what they learned in the process of developing it.

Read about the event here!

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In this fourth episode of The Dialogue Studio, host Lillian I continues her conversations with individuals who participated in a 6-month long dialogue project the Ikeda Center organized in 2019. This time, Lillian speaks with not one but two of the participants: Julie Olesky, who is currently pursuing her masters in peace studies in Finland, and her dialogue partner, Catia Confortini, Associate Professor of Peace and Justice Studies at Wellesley College.

Listen to Episode Four!

We are happy to announce that Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum and Context is being featured as part of the fall book talk line-up at Harvard's Gutman Library. Editors Jason Goulah (DePaul University) and Isabel Nuñez (Purdue University Fort Wayne) will be on hand to discuss how Daisaku Ikeda's vision of human, value-creating education can inform and inspire joyous teaching and learning even in the most difficult of circumstances. Please join them to find out why Cynthia Dillard of the University of Georgia calls Hope and Joy in Education...

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In this episode, host Lillian I continues to engage with youth who participated in a 6-month long dialogue project the Ikeda Center organized in 2019. This time, she speaks with Ikeda Center Youth Committee member Burcu Gulec who is a singer, composer, and improviser. In their conversation, Burcu reflects on how she felt before entering the dialogue experiment, her key takeaways, and how the project influenced her art and her relationship with her dad.

Listen to the episode!...

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In early August, the editors of Hope and Joy in Education, Isabel Nuñez and Jason Goulah, appeared on the popular Ethical Schools podcast. In an episode called "The Power of Happiness: A Buddhist Approach to Secular Education," hosts Amy Halpern-Laff and Jon Moscow spoke with Nunez and Goulah about Daisaku Ikeda's educational philosophy as well as themes from Hope and Joy. Topics included: the individual student as the starting point for educational endeavors; deep happiness as our goal in teaching and learning and living; global citizenship education and the attributes...

Responding to a surge in interest among young people over the last year relating to the need for self-love and self-care, the August 13 Ikeda Center Dialogue Nights—called "A Conversation on Self-Love: What We Need Now"—embraced the topic as one worthy of investigation. And as the joyous response from the 38 college students and young professionals from five countries attending on Zoom showed, it is a topic that people find truly inspiring.

Go here for an article on the August Dialogue Nights!


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