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Above all, dialogue is a process. So is learning to value dialogue and successfully facilitate it in classrooms. These were two of the guiding themes for our April 19, 2019, Ikeda Center seminar featuring discussion among four seasoned education professors. On hand to discuss and explore their experiences with dialogue in education settings were: Deborah Donahue-Keegan of Tufts University; Steve Cohen of Tufts University; Stephen Gould of Lesley University; and Jason Goulah of DePaul University.

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Our newest interview, conducted March 2019, features Catia Confortini, Associate Professor of Peace and Justice Studies at Wellesley College. In this in-depth conversation, Dr. Confortini explores the interrelationships among peace, justice, and feminism, also touching on topics such as empathy, intelligent compassion, and the power of alternative thinking to point us toward a world where women and peace alike are truly valued. Throughout, Dr. Confortini talks about and celebrates the people and the books that have inspired her along the way.

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March 2019 Dialogue Nights

The March 29th Dialogue Nights event at the Ikeda Center was the most well attended one yet, with more than 80 Boston-area university students and young professionals showing up to discuss “The Loneliness Epidemic.” The turnout showed that loneliness is an urgent issue for young people today, and that they are hungry for connection and willing to open themselves up to others to make that happen.

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On Wednesday, March 20, George Mason University Press hosted an author event celebrating Peacebuilding Through Dialogue, which it recently published in collaboration with the Ikeda Center. On hand to speak were book editor Peter Stearns and chapter contributor Susan Allen. Dr. Stearns is University Professor at Mason, and Dr. Allen is Associate Professor at Mason's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) and director of its Center for Peacemaking Practice. Held at Mason's Fenwick Library, the...

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On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University (GMU) hosted a book launch panel discussion event for Peacebuilding Through Dialogue: Education, Human Transformation, and Conflict Resolution, which the Ikeda Center developed and published in collaboration with George Mason University Press. The panel featured three contributors to the volume that live in the D.C. area: lead editor Peter Stearns, Provost Emeritus and University Professor at...

On Wednesday, February 27, the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University (GMU) hosted a book launch panel discussion event for Peacebuilding Through Dialogue, which the Ikeda Center developed and published in collaboration with George Mason University Press. The panel featured three contributors to the volume that live in the D.C. area: lead editor Peter Stearns, Provost Emeritus and University Professor at GMU;...

[February 15, 2019] Center founder Daisaku Ikeda has just released the English translation of his 2019 Peace Proposal, "Toward a New Era of Peace and Disarmament: A People-Centered Approach." As with previous proposals, it combines thematic philosophical framing with specific policy proposals and action steps. In other words, how we see the world impacts how we act in it.

Here's how the three faming themes are described in the synopsis to the proposal, ...

We have created a great way for you to engage with some of the core ideas animating our new multi-author volume, Peacebuilding Through Dialogue: Education, Human Transformation, and Conflict Resolution. In a new section of our website, you will find substantial excerpts from each of the book's thirteen chapters, as well as from editor Peter Stearns's Introduction and Conclusion and Daisaku Ikeda's Foreword. In addition to helping interested readers get a feel for the book, taken together, the excerpts present a concise, accessible overview of the subject for anyone interested in...

To be able to overcome failure, often one must transform one's view of what failure is. Is it really something to be feared? Are the consequences of failure as dire as we frequently imagine they will be? What is the relationship between success and failure? This task of re-envisioning failure was at the heart of the Center's January 25th Dialogue Nights gathering, called “Failing Forward: Making Your 2019 Resolutions Stick.” It was the first Dialogue Nights of 2019, and the tenth overall.

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Our first Dialogue Nights of 2019, and our tenth overall, featured the theme "Failing Forward: Making Your 2019 Resolutions Stick." More than 50 Boston-area university students and young professionals to engage in activities and dialogues aimed at deconstructing the fear of failure that pervades society. Throughout the evening, participants engaged with thoughts on transcending failure from Daisaku Ikeda, including this one: "The worst mistake you can make is to give up on yourself and stop challenging yourself for fear of failure. Keep moving forward with a firm eye on the future, telling...

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