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Fernando Reimers

[Posted by M. Bogen, 9-18-13] Fernando Reimers is Ford Foundation Professor of International Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), and was a featured speaker at our 2010 Ikeda Forum on the democratic spirit. The Fall 2013 issue of HGSE's Ed. Magazine includes a contribution from Dr. Reimers in a long feature, called "What's the Big Idea," in which thinkers from the HGSE community succinctly identify those actions they think could have the biggest impact on schooling. Dr...

Nel Noddings

Nel Noddings is Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University, and past president of the National Academy of Education, the Philosophy of Education Society, and the John Dewey Society. Known for her work on the ethics of care, her many books include Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education. A former public school mathematics teacher and a mother of ten, Dr. Noddings’ work is grounded in richly lived experience.

She talked with Ikeda Center publications associate Mitch Bogen in July 2013 about her...

Daisaku Ikeda

September 2013 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Ikeda Center, founded in 1993 as the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century. In 2003, to mark the 10th anniversary, founder Daisaku Ikeda sent a message to confirming the ongoing primacy of open dialogue, even during — actually, especially during — the violent aftermath of 9/11. In that message he said:

"Since the tragedy of September 11th two years ago, many people have been suffering from intense anxiety and fear, imagining that such a 'clash of civilizations' may soon occur on a...

Sarah Wider

Dr. Sarah Wider of Colgate University delivered the keynote talk at the 3rd Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue (September 2006). The theme of the Forum was "Emerson and the Power of Imagination." During her remarks Dr. Wider explained:

"If we want to make imagination feel at home, generosity shows us the way. How else can imagination thrive but in the place where welcoming comes first and where judgment feels no need to speak? Finally feels no need to be. Open hearted, open handed, open minded, equivalent to the expansiveness...

Vincent Harding

America Will Be!
Conversations on Hope, Freedom, and Democracy

By Vincent Harding and Daisaku Ikeda

Join historian Vincent Harding (left), a friend and adviser to Martin Luther King Jr., and Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda as they engage in a thrilling cross-cultural dialogue illuminating the historic events of the American civil rights movement. The movement’s victories, say the authors, expressed a profound vision of freedom, equality, and nonviolent social change that can and should guide our modern experiments in democracy. Above all, the message of...

During our 20th anniversary year, friends of the Center are contributing reflections connecting their work with our core convictions. Former dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government Joseph Nye offers thoughts on our first conviction: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding Are Inseparable and Needed More Than Ever. Professor Nye tells us:

"In the past, I have written about the importance of soft power, the ability to get what one wants through attraction and persuasion than coercion or payment. Soft power is a 'two way...

MLK, Jr.

[Posted by M. Bogen: 8-30] In our previous post, we cited Vincent Harding's belief that the "true significance" of Dr. King's dream was that "he held on to it in the midst of harsh opposition." A few examples of the nature of this opposition can help us grasp how great the triumph of the movement truly was.

1) Last Sunday (8-25), "Meet the Press" rebroadcast the interview they did with with Dr. King and NAACP executive secretary Roy Wilkins just a few days before the March, now among the most...

King at March

Enshrined in American history, the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was not as broadly supported then as now we might imagine. In the chapter in America Will Be! devoted to the March, Professor Vincent Harding clarifies the context for King's remarks that day; a context showing that the brotherhood and sisterhood of King's dream was not something to be achieved independently of the economic and social challenges that black and other Americans faced then, and which so many Americans still face today. Dr. Harding reminds us:

"King spent a significant amount...

Janine Benyus

From Helen Marie Casey's report on Janne Benyus's 2004 talk exploring the concept of biomimicry:

Life thrives, the author reminded her audience, in surprising ways. If we are diligent students of Nature, we can learn to clean without detergents, to color without dyes, and to operate pumps, fans, propellers, mixers, and turbines without friction. We can learn to make objects adhere without glue, and we can learn what the abalone has to teach us so that we can make ceramics as tough as the mother-of-pearl of the abalone. We can learn to make fiber optics that self-assemble. If we...

Gloria White-Hammond

“There comes a time when you hit a wall in life and you decide you’ve got to make a choice about whether you’re going to go forward and make a difference, or be still.”

Today's quote is from the Reverend Gloria White-Hammond's January 2005 talk called "I Am My Sister's Keeper." Delivered as the Harriet Tubman Lecture on Human Rights, it was part of the Women of Courage Lecture Series, cosponsored by the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (now the Ikeda Center) and the Wellesley...

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