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6th Ikeda Forum
Anita Patterson Essay
March 6 Dialogue Event

January 2010

The Ikeda Center e-newsletter is designed to keep you up to date with our activities in support of peace, learning, and dialogue.
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Realizing Our Potential in Everyday Life: A Report from the 6th Ikeda Forum

Ikeda Forum Panelists

On November 14, 2009, a capacity crowd gathered at the Center for the 6th Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, this year called "John Dewey, Daisaku Ikeda, and the Quest for a New Humanism ." Participants included Larry Hickman, Steven Rockefeller, Nel Noddings, Jim Garrison, Virginia Benson, Charlene Haddock Seigfried, David Hansen, and Gonzalo Obelleiro. Through presentations, panel discussions, and whole-group Q & A, the scholars explored topics such as realizing individual potential through social engagement, why democracy is not merely a "thing" that we can export, and much, much more. New coverage of this event is now online, expanding on our initial post-event story.

>> Read about the 6th Annual Ikeda Forum!
"True Books in a True Spirit": A New Essay by Anita Patterson

Anita PattersonInspired by her participation in our September 24 book talk for Creating Waldens, we asked Boston University's Anita Patterson to develop some of her remarks into an original essay for the Ikeda Center website. The result is "True Books in a True Spirit: Reflections on Literature As a Vehicle for Humanistic Education." Drawing on her classroom teaching experience, Patterson offers a vision of literature as a means for engaging students at a level deeper than that of mere information -- one which considers the interior dimensions of learning. The title of the piece is based on a quotation from Thoreau, who, along with Emerson, provides a guiding spirit for the essay's reflections on the highest purposes of education.

>> Read "True Books in a True Spirit"!


March 6 Event to Celebrate New Boulding-Ikeda Dialogue

Into Full Flower coverPlease join us on Saturday, March 6 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. for a public dialogue with Mary Lee Morrison, Virginia Benson, and Russell Boulding. They will be discussing the lives and ideas of Elise Boulding and Daisaku Ikeda, coauthors of a new dialogue book to be published by the Center this February. Called Into Full Flower: Making Peace Cultures Happen, the book, says Boulding biographer Morrison, "is a wonderful encapsulation of so much of what is important and necessary to transform our present global war culture into one of peace, sustainability, and hope."

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP below.

>> Learn more about the March 6 event!

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