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2013 Ikeda Forum
20th Anniversary
GMU Seminar
Nel Noddings

December 2013

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10th Annual Ikeda Forum
Historian Vincent Harding explores the topic,
"We the People: Who Are We and What Is Our Work?"


On Saturday, November 9, the Ikeda Center celebrated its 10th annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue. This special day featured the very special Dr. Vincent Harding, a man described by Krista Tippett as nothing less than "a national treasure." At Dr. Harding's urging, the event was treated not just as a forum for dialogue but also as a "laboratory" for the cultivation of dreams of freedom and democracy. The forum also celebrated the recent publication of America Will Be!: Conversations on Hope, Freedom, and Democracy, Dr. Harding's dialogue with Center founder Daisaku Ikeda exploring the meaning of Martin Luther King's message for the peacemakers of our time. Shown above: a young woman engaging in the work of dreaming our future.

20th Anniversary Celebration  
Ikeda Center hosts friends from around the world to commemorate twenty years of peace, learning, and dialogue



Be the heart of a network of global citizens, a bridge for dialogue between civilizations, and a beacon lighting the way to a century of life! This was the vision Daisaku Ikeda (above) offered to guide the work of the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (now the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue), soon after he founded it in September 1993. Twenty years later, on Saturday, September 28, the Center hosted a celebratory gathering of many of the scholars and friends who have helped to realize Mr. Ikeda's vision over the course of the last two decades.


Read a story about the event


Read a commemorative message from Daisaku Ikeda


View a photo gallery of the event



George Mason University Seminar  

 Ikeda Center co-hosts seminar at GMU called "Global Citizenship and Cultural Assumptions About Peace and the Military" 


The Ikeda Center's most recent seminar bringing scholars into direct dialogue with current undergraduate and graduate students was held on October 17, 2013, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The purpose of the seminar, called "Global Citizenship and Cultural Assumptions About Peace and the Military," was to help the next generation of scholars, activists, and researchers engage in deep reflection on matters of urgency and significance in our rapidly globalizing world.

On hand to share their insights with students were GMU provost and scholar of modern social history Peter Stearns and Seton Hall University's Dean of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Andrea Bartoli. The more than two-dozen students in attendance included a creative mix of individuals with and without military connections. GMU's Dean of Visual and Performing Arts, William Reeder, moderated the 90-minute discussion.


Read about the seminar here


Nel Noddings Interview, Part 2 
The celebrated philosopher of education talks about the psychology of war making and peace building


Nel Noddings  

Dr. Nel Noddings is Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University. Known for her work on the ethics of care, her many books include Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education. She talked with the Center's Mitch Bogen in July 2013 about her conviction that effective peace education must include an understanding of the psychology of war. The two-part interview is called "To Reduce War We Must Understand It." Part 2 is now available for viewing at our site.


Part Two: "Sources of Meaning and the Embrace of Complexity"


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