THEMES: Dialogue

In the vision of Daisaku Ikeda and the Center, dialogue is the primary tool for bridging our differences and pooling our wisdom for a healthier, more harmonious world. Since 2004, the Ikeda Center's signature event has been the annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue. In 2017, the Center launched the Dialogue Nights series for university students and young professionals. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, the Center began hosting a series of online Virtual Dialogues. Many of the richest dialogues take place during seminars that bring scholars and students together. Ultimately, all Center events are exercises in and celebrations of dialogue.

Ikeda's Four Foundations of Dialogue

This piece is distilled from Mitch Bogen's presentation at the February 2020 Peacebuilding Through Dialogue book launch event held at George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
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2019 Ikeda Forum: Can Dialogue Save the World?

All Ikeda Forums feature the dialogic method, but the 2019 forum, called “Can Dialogue Save the World: Exploring the Power of Human Connections,” was the first to explore and reflect on dialogue itself.
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Ikeda's Dialogue Ethos and Strategies

These core elements of Ikeda's dialogical practice guided the sustained dialogue process that formed the basis of the 2019 Ikeda Forum: “Can Dialogue Save the World: Exploring the Power of Human Connections.”
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The Art and Practice of Dialogue

Because of it's proximity to the date of our 25th anniversary, this Dialogue Nights focused on the art and practice of dialogue, the Center's core activity. The evening was called "Creating Hope Together: What Is the Role of Dialogue?”
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Dialogue and Mutual Understanding: Three Perspectives

In our 20th anniversary year of 2013, we invited friends to comment on our core convictions. Here, Joseph Nye, Gonzalo Obelleiro, and Ved Nanda comment on the value of dialogue and mutual understanding.
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The Art of Classroom Dialogue

Inspired by Steven D. Cohen's chapter in our 2018 book, Peacebuilding Through Dialogue, we hosted this April 2019 seminar in which three education professors joined Dr. Cohen for a discussion of "the art of classroom dialogue."
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The Role of Literature in Times of Division

In this April 2017 seminar, Anita Patterson of Boston University talked with Boston-area university students about how deep engagement with literature offers unique, even practical benefits for transcending polarization.
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The Power of Raised Voices

The December 2017 Dialogue Nights event featured Dr. Ceasar McDowell of MIT leading nearly 50 Boston-area students and young professionals in an investigation of why they might be reluctant to engage in difficult dialogue.
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Dialogue in a Divided World

This article reports on a 2009 Center-sponsored seminar with Harvard faculty Nur Yalman, Harvey Cox, William Graham, Shahab Ahmed, Leila Ahmed, and Noah Feldman.
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A Multiplicity of Dialogues

On April 6, 2013, Dewey scholars Jim Garrison and Larry Hickman engaged in a dialogue with Boston-area university students on key themes from A New Humanism: The University Addresses of Daisaku Ikeda.
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Human Connection Is Key

On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University (GMU) hosted a book launch panel discussion event for Peacebuilding Through Dialogue.
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Quotes on Dialogue

Throughout our 2018 multi-author volume Peacebuilding Through Dialogue, the authors cite diverse sources on the power and attributes of dialogue. This selection features Daisaku Ikeda and many other authorities on the topic.
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Dialogue Quotes from Our DPP Books

Our Dialogue Path Press books feature Center founder Daisaku Ikeda engaging in dialogue with world-renowned scholars who represent various dimensions of humanistic wisdom and peace-building. We compiled this list of quotes that specifically address the importance of dialogue.
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