Events: On Topics Of Race And Friendship
Movie Nights: Confronting Race Through Dialogue
“Conflict and tension do not themselves render dialogue impossible. What builds the walls between us is our willingness to remain ignorant of others. That is why it is crucial to be the one to initiate dialogue. Everything starts from there.” -Daisaku Ikeda
On September 27, we held our second Movie Nights featuring a screening of the documentary film "American Textures." In it, six Black, White, and Latino young people travel together across the United States, in the process learning not only about the history of racial injustice and segregation in the cities they visit, but also how to engage truthfully with one another about matters of race, identity, and community. After viewing the film, participants broke out into small groups for discussion on the movie's themes.

For those who missed it, read a write-up of the event!

Dialogue Nights: Celebrating The Power of Friendship
Our fourth Dialogue Nights of the year took place on the evening of August 16. During the event, participants engaged in icebreaking activities and small group discussions during which they explored the theme: "Friendship: An Antidote to Despair?" They also heard reflections from two participants on what their friendship means to them. We closed the evening with an “open mic” session that featured volunteers sharing concluding thoughts on the attributes of true friendship.

Education Fellows Seminar
As part of our Education Fellows program, which aims to advance research and scholarship on the internationally growing field of Soka, or value creating, education, the Ikeda Center convenes a gathering in Cambridge halfway through each two-year cycle of the program. This year’s gathering took place on July 26. The current fellows, each of whom is doing doctoral work relating to some aspect of Soka education, engaged in dialogue with the program’s Advisory Council members about their progress.

You're Invited! Annual Ikeda Forum
Save the date for our Annual Ikeda Forum!

"Can Dialogue Save The World?
Exploring The Power of Human Connections"

This year's forum will highlight the experiences of eight young professionals who have engaged over the last several months in sustained dialogues with four Boston-area scholars.

Inspired by our founder Daisaku Ikeda's conviction that by forging life-to-life bonds with others, we can "meet the severe challenges of our age as agents of proactive and contagious change," they engaged with each other on pressing concerns facing all of us today.

Join us this October to hear their adventures in dialogue and learn concrete ways we can forge powerful human connections in our daily life!


Date: Friday, October 25
Time: 6:30-9:00pm
Reception Starts at 6:00pm

Please  click here  to find out more and to RSVP!


Launched in 2004, the annual  Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue  
is named after our founder Daisaku Ikeda in honor of his
untiring commitment to dialogue as the surest path to peace.

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