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11th Ikeda Forum

A photo gallery of Saturday's Ikeda Forum, "Dignity of Life," is now viewable at our Facebook page! Take a look at this inspiring day. We will post a feature story about the event to our site the week of October 6. Please check back.

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Our eleventh annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural, "Dignity of Life," streamed live from 2:00 to 6:00pm on Saturday, September 27. The video will remain viewable until mid-October.

View the event here!

Note to viewers: The four-hour event is shown in two parts. Part One is the lower video, and the event actually starts at 11:30 minutes into the clip.

Featured speakers:

Andrea Bartoli Dean, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University


11th Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue

Dignity of Life:
The Heart of Human Rights and Peace Building 

Saturday, September 27, 2014
2:00pm – 6:00pm

To RSVP, click here:
This year we will offer our first ...
Jim Garrison

At the 2009 Ikeda Forum ("John Dewey, Daisaku Ikeda, and the Quest for a New Humanism"), Jim Garrison introduced Dewey's concept of "social self-actualization." Garrison, who is a co-author of our upcoming title Living As Learning, explained that for Dewey we simply cannot develop and realize our potential as individuals without a community in which we conduct our interactions (or as Dewey would phrase it, our transactions). This, Professor Garrison said, is what is meant by social self-actualization. He also clarified that...

In preparation for the year's Ikeda Forum, "Dignity of Life: The Heart of Human Rights and Peace Building," happening Saturday, September 27, we have selected a few resources from our site that address different dimensions of this essential quality.

Core Conviction No. 4: Respect for human dignity and the sanctity of life provide a baseline ethical standard.

This fundamental standard has far-reaching implications. How much damaging behavior depends on a denial of the inviolable integrity of persons and our planet? To name just two examples, widespread reports of torture and...

Andrea Bartoli is one of the confirmed speakers for the September 27 Ikeda Forum, "Dignity of Life: The Heart of Human Rights and Peace Building." This brief video clip introduces some of his thoughts on how we can understand conflict resolution in the context of human dignity. Dr. Bartoli is Dean, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University.

Charlie Clements is executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. His book Witness to War recounts his experiences working as a physician in war-torn El Salvador in the early 1980s. Dr. Clements will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Ikeda Forum, happening on Sept. 27, called "Dignity of Life: The Heart of Human Rights and Peace Building." This brief video clip introduces some of his thoughts on the topic of dignity.

Larry Hickman

Larry Hickman is co-author, with Jim Garrison and Daisaku Ikeda, of our forthcoming Dialogue Path Press title Living As Learning: John Dewey in the 21st Century. In addition to exploring the relevance of Dewey's philosophy for our globalizing world, Living As Learning makes connections between Dewey's pragmatism and Tsunesaboro Makiguchi's Buddhist philosophy of value creation. Professor Hickman is Director, Center for Dewey Studies, Southern Illinois University. Among his many publications, Professor Hickman co-edited, with Thomas Alexander, The Essential John Dewey...

Sarah Wider

In Conversation Five of The Art of True Relations, co-author Sarah Wider offered this encouragement:

"To paraphrase Mary Moody Emerson’s words, sublime motivation yields sublime character. Here is wonderful encouragement for any person who might see himself or herself as just one inconsequential individual in a sea of billions. Worth is determined not by class, rank, or wealth but by the qualities that compose an individual’s motivation.

"What are that person’s aspirations or larger understanding of purpose? What is an individual’s source of insight? Does he or she...

The late Vincent Harding loved these lines from Langston Hughes: "Oh let America be America again / The land that never has been yet / And yet must be." But what must happen, in Harding's view, for this new birth, this new Independence Day, to happen? A look at Dr. Harding's work created over the years in collaboration with the Ikeda Center gives us some clues.

First, he reminds us that we need a revolution in values — a nonviolent revolution in which we transform and overcome what Dr. King identified as the three evils afflicting American life: racism, militarism, and extreme...


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