Kevin Maher organizes and helps to develop our public forums and seminars, which aim to engage diverse audiences in openhearted and openminded dialogue. In addition to events held at the Ikeda Center in Cambridge, Kevin organizes events nationwide featuring our Dialogue Path Press authors speaking in a range of venues about themes from their books. He also manages the Education Fellows program, which advances scholarship on Soka education. Kevin joined the Center in 2002, and is passionate about social justice, human rights, and nonviolent social change. He holds a B.A. in English, and enjoys documentary film and professional ice hockey.
Kevin likes this quote from Vincent Harding, found in our 1996 interview with the late historian and social activist.
"The human experience is such that, if I am deeply involved in a struggle for democracy in the former Czechoslovakia, or in Tiananmen Square, or in Johannesburg, or in Birmingham, I am profoundly affected by it. The fact that a particular movement may not “succeed,” does not mean that it has been wiped from my memory. My life has been affected; I have tasted something very real. I have learned that certain possibilities for human relationships exist that I didn’t know about before. The fact that people experienced these things in very palpable and profound ways means that these truths now exist permanently in the universe. Energy does not go out of existence. Truth is an energy that will find its manifestation and expression in some other way, in some other place, in other people. That is one of my major sources of hope."