Students Tackle Nuclear Abolition   

On Saturday, October 14, students from eight Boston-area universities gathered at the Ikeda Center for a daylong seminar focused on how best to take up the challenge of abolishing nuclear weapons. Under the guidance of peace education pioneer Betty Reardon and Professor Zeena Zakharia of UMass Boston, participants engaged with the question of how to empower and inspire civil society to take action on one of the world's most pressing issues. Throughout the day, students were encouraged to emulate the modes of "alternative thinking" modeled by Daisaku Ikeda in his 2009 nuclear weapons abolition proposal. The group will reconvene in February, when students will report on the steps they have taken in pursuit of this cause.

New Perspectives on Peacebuilding, Education & More

Building on our recent events exploring Soka education and nuclear weapons abolition, we asked some of our friends to write reflections on these themes, considering how they connect with their work, which questions they find most compelling right now, and what they see as exciting directions for their respective fields. Here's an overview of our eight new offerings.
  • With Daisaku Ikeda's peace proposals as reference, Betty Reardon (above) explores alternative thinking and nuclear abolition; Peter Stearns looks at human rights dialogue among youth; and Stephen Gould issues a global citizenship education call for action. Read the reflections!
  • Highlighting core ideas and new directions in Soka (value creating) education are Julia Hrdina, Jim Garrison, Isabel Nunez, Nozomi Inukai, and Mahi Takazawa. Read the reflections!
Education Fellows Call for Proposals

We're pleased to announce the latest call for proposals for our Education Fellows program, which was established in 2007 to advance research and scholarship on the internationally growing field of Soka education. Up to two doctoral students will be selected by an Advisory Council of leading education scholars. Fellows will be eligible for two years of funding at $10,000 per year, with the second year contingent on proof of progress. Successful applicants will be expected to submit a final written statement along with their dissertation and abstract upon completion.

Accepting applications
December 1, 2017 - March 1, 2018