Ikeda Center Timeline

This section presents achievements and milestones since our founding in 1993. Broken into four-year periods, the detailed timelines provide not just a listing of our events but also the names of all the great scholars and visionaries who have contributed to our seminars, conferences, and publications. This page provides a summary of each period.

1993 - 1996

Activities during this period range from the founding of the Boston Research Center (BRC) for the 21st Century (now the Ikeda Center) on September 24, 1993, to the 2nd Annual Global Citizen Awards Ceremony held in late 1996. Among the Center's early activities was a luncheon seminar series that brought Boston-area scholars together for cross-institution and cross-discipline dialogues on selected topics in global ethics. The majority of Center conferences conducted during 1995 and 1996 focused on strengthening the UN. The Center also cosponsored two significant lectures by Daisaku Ikeda during this period: one at the East-West Center in Hawaii (January 1995) and one at Teachers College, Columbia University (June 1996). The BRC moved to its current Harvard Street location during the spring of 1995.
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1997 - 2000

After opening with a conference focused on religion and ecology, this period saw major consultations and conferences focused on supporting the creation of the Earth Charter. During this process, the Center worked closely with scholar Steven Rockefeller, who chaired the international Earth Charter Drafting Committee. Also participating in the Center's Earth Charter initiatives was peace scholar Elise Boulding. During this period, Dr. Boulding also co-convened, with Randall Forsberg, a "Conditions for Abolishing War" seminar series, which formed the basis of the Center's self-published book Abolishing War (1998). Later, the Center held an ambitious three-part conference series entitled “From War Culture to Cultures of Peace: Challenges for Civil Society.” This period also saw the publication of two BRC-developed books released in collaboration with established publishers: Subverting Hatred: The Challenge of Nonviolence in Religious Traditions, edited by Daniel Smith-Christopher and published by Orbis Books, and Buddhist Peacework: Creating Cultures of Peace, edited by David W. Chappell and published by Wisdom Publications.
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2001 - 2004

During the first months of 2001 the Center hosted a four-part event series exploring the multiple dimensions of economic justice and well-being, a timely issue that soon gave way to the shock of 9/11. In response to 9/11, the Center held a dialogue on "redefining power," and created an active website feature called "Perspectives on Terrorism and Nonviolence." During 2002, the Center launched a lecture series exploring "women and human values" (later called the "Women of Courage" series), a seminar series on John Dewey's legacy, and the start of a seminar series on restorative justice. In 2002, the Center published another title in collaboration with Orbis Books, Subverting Greed: Religious Perspectives on the Global Economy, edited by Paul Knitter and Chandra Muzaffar. The Center celebrated its 10th anniversary in September 2003 with a conference, "Re-imagining Self, Other, and the Natural World." The first annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, which focused on Thoreau's Walden, was held in October 2004.
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2005 - 2008

In 2005, the Center continued and concluded its "Women of Courage" lecture series. This period also saw the continuation of the annual Ikeda Forum for intercultural Dialogue, held each fall. In 2005, the Center published its first multi-author education book, Educating Citizens for Global Awareness, which was edited by Nel Noddings and published in collaboration with Teachers College Press. In April 2007, Teachers College Press published Ethical Visions of Education, which was edited by David T. Hansen. That fall, Orbis Books published the 10th anniversary edition of Subverting Hatred: The Challenge of Nonviolence in Religious Traditions, edited by Daniel Smith-Chrisopher. During 2008, the Center held a series of events on the topic, "Understanding Death, Appreciating Life." Participating scholars included Harvey Cox, Nur Yalman, Mary Catherine Bateson, Tu Weiming, Vincent Harding, and many more.
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2009 - 2012

On July 3, 2009, the Boston Research Center became—at the request of Center leadership, and approved by Daisaku Ikeda—the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue, a name chosen to more clearly communicate the Center's mission. This period also saw the continuation of the annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, with themes including the quest for a new humanism (2009), the democratic spirit (2010), cultivating the greater self (2011), and interdependence (2012). The Center's new publishing imprint, Dialogue Path Press, published three books featuring Daisaku Ikeda in conversation with prominent scholars: 1) Creating Waldens: An East-West Conversation on the American Renaissance (with Ronald A. Bosco and Joel Myerson, 2009); 2) Into Full Flower: Making Peace Cultures Happen (with Elise Boulding, 2010); and 3) The Inner Philosopher: Conversations on Philosophy's Transformative Power (with Lou Marinoff, 2012).
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2013 - 2014

In September 2013 the Center celebrated the twentieth anniversary of its founding by Daisaku Ikeda in 1993. Many scholarly friends from the Center's extensive network were in attendance. During 2013 and 2014 Dialogue Path Press published three new titles: America Will Be! Conversations on Hope, Freedom, and Democracy, by Vincent Harding and Daisaku Ikeda (August 2013), The Art of True Relations: Conversations on the Heart of Human Possibility, by Sarah Wider and Daisaku Ikeda (February 2014), and Living As Learning: John Dewey in the 20th Century, by Jim Garrison, Larry Hickman, and Daisaku Ikeda (October 2014). The annual Ikeda Forum continued, with events each fall, as did the youth seminar series.
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