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February 2015 E-Newsletter
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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The Power of Dignity
Donna Hicks explores the dimensions of dignity during appearance at the Ikeda Center  

On Saturday, January 31, we hosted Donna Hicks of Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, who spoke to an enthusiastic audience about findings from her many years' experience using the lens of dignity to help resolve conflicts in a wide range of settings. By way of introduction, Dr. Hicks said that, in truth, dignity is not about conflict so much as it is about simply being human. During her presentation she urged us all to develop what she calls "Mandela consciousness," or the ability to do what the great South African freedom leader did and recognize that our dignity is always within our own care and control . With our own dignity intact, we can nurture it others.


Living As Learning Events   

Columbia and DePaul universities host authors Garrison and Hickman for seminars 


Last fall we published Living As Learning: John Dewey in the 21st Century, featuring eminent Dewey scholars Jim Garrison and Larry Hickman in dialogue with Center founder Daisaku Ikeda. In November, professors Garrison and Hickman were featured speakers at a seminar at Columbia University that was co-sponsored by the Ikeda Center, Teachers College, and the Education Program at the college's Gottesman Library. Much of the conversation centered on global citizenship and the emphasis Dewey placed on learning to adjust to changing circumstances or context.

In January, the authors spoke at DePaul University in Chicago at an event that was attended by members of the DePaul community as well as dozens of Chicago-area teachers. They discussed connections between the pragmatic philosophy of John Dewey and the value-creating philosophy of Japanese educator Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. Their talk was the inaugural lecture of DePaul's newly formed Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies.

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