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America Will Be! co-author Vincent Harding is speaking at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, on February 26. If you are in the area, check it out! As many of you know, Dr. Harding is a powerful speaker.

The Mennonites are one of the oldest American Christian "peace churches." And it was an encounter with the Mennonites in Chicago in the late 1950s that helped inspire Dr. Harding to pursue nonviolent social change as an active participant in the civil rights movement. In America Will Be!, Harding explains that...

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In September 2013, we created a series of video clips with scholars offering reflections on some of our core convictions. As of January 29, 2014, this feature includes thoughts from Jason Goulah of DePaul University, Bill Schubert of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Ved Nanda of the University of Denver, Winston Langley of the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Gonzalo Obelleiro of Teachers College, Columbia University.
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In a 1996 interview with the Center, historian Vincent Harding said: "it's very important to recognize that King was not operating in a vacuum, that he was operating in a situation of ferment. In Montgomery, leadership was being taken by women — ordinary, marvelous African-American women. It was those women who were prepared to respond to Rosa Parks’ personal initiative. When she refused to move to the rear of the bus, women who had been involved in various kinds of political activism were ready. One of those women ran off 35,000 copies of a stencil by herself the night after Mrs. Parks’...

Daisaku Ikeda

In his 20th Anniversary message to the Center, Daisaku Ikeda said: "Whatever country we hail from or interests we represent, in the end we are all human. We are comrades together confronting the universal human experiences of birth, aging, sickness and death. Our lives are like precious gems bearing within them an indomitable force for good. We were all born of mothers whose deepest desire is for peace. When we unclench hearts closed like fists, and listen and speak with honesty and integrity, we can discover the shared resonance of our souls. When we open ourselves to learn from our...

This section presents achievements and milestones from our first 20 years. Broken into four-year periods, the five 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. Highlights include: a series of seminars in the mid-90s on the nature and purpose of dialogue; an extended period of consultation on the development of the Earth Charter; events addressing economic justice, women's leadership, and the environment; the launching of the annual Ikeda Forum,...

Vincent Harding

At the urging of featured speaker Vincent Harding, the tenth annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, held on November 9, 2013, in Cambridge, became not just a forum devoted to dialogue but also a laboratory devoted to the cultivation of dreams—dreams of freedom and democracy to be precise. The forum, the third in which Dr. Harding has participated*, was called “We the People: Who Are We and What Is Our Work?”

Professor Harding is Chairperson, the Veterans of Hope Project, and Professor Emeritus of Religion and Social Transformation at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver....

In Memory of Nelson Mandela (1918–2013)

By Daisaku Ikeda

I extend my heartfelt condolences upon the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela. Mr. Mandela was a lion of humanitarian causes and human rights who inspired hope and courage in the hearts of those around the world victimized by conflict, racism, and injustice. His smile was like a refreshing spring breeze. To know that I will never see that smile again fills my heart with grief. I am convinced that his unwavering and passionate stance calling for a world that...

IF13 speaker

On Saturday, November 9th, we celebrated our 10th annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, which featured a public dialogue with Vincent Harding. Toward the end of the event, Dr. Harding said: “Don’t be afraid of dreams," because, "the capacity to dream is an absolutely human capacity." Most of all, “don’t let anybody push us so far down that we are unwilling or unable to dream—for ourselves and for our neighbors.” Our heartfelt thanks to all who attended and shared their dreams of peace, freedom, and democracy. Shown here: one of day's many dreamers. Check back soon for an article...

IF13 diakogue

On Saturday, November 9th, we celebrated our 10th annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, which featured a public dialogue with Dr. Vincent Harding. Our heartfelt thanks to all who attended and helped us "hold fast to dreams." We'll post an article on the event soon. For now (Monday the 18th), you can view a photo gallery at our Facebook page.

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Vincent Harding

A good way to prepare for our 2013 Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue is to engage with some of the ideas that this year's featured speaker, Dr. Vincent Harding, has shared with us in the past. For example, in a 1996 interview with the Center's Amy Morgante, Professor Harding said that "part of Dr. King's concern was to move us away from an environment in which we believed violence was necessary for change. If your goal is to find alternatives to violence, then you can’t build violence into your process of change. If you do, that makes the results cosmetic, since you're not really...

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