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Know Nukes panel

On Saturday, March 10, the Ikeda Center’s program coordinator, Lillian I, participated in Massachusetts Peace Action (MAPA) Next Gen’s first event, “Know Nukes.” Lillian (left) joined a panel alongside Max Tegmark (right) from the Future of Life Institute and Michelle Cunha (center) of MAPA to discuss the current state of nuclear weapons, nuclear disarmament, the mentality behind nuclear...

Betty Reardon

The Ikeda Center’s February 2018 student seminar on the topic of nuclear weapons abolition didn’t proceed according to a schedule. Rather, it proceeded with what facilitators Betty Reardon, a pioneer in peace education and feminist studies, and Zeena Zakharia, Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Education at UMass Boston, identified as a “learning sequence.” That is to say, the daylong event was carefully structured in order to elicit from students their considered impressions of the major obstacles to nuclear weapons abolition, and then to help them visualize a clear...

Daisaku Ikeda

Daisaku Ikeda's 2018 Peace Proposal emphasizes that a "human rights" focus provides the "key to resolving global issues and abolishing nuclear weapons," not least because it can help "overcome social divides." Celebrating last year's adoption in the UN of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was followed by the awarding of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Mr. Ikeda urges us to be optimistic about advancing the cause of global peace in the year to come. "The challenge of creating the new reality of a global society," he...

Seminar

On February 10, eleven Boston-area university students joined facilitators Betty Reardon and Zeena Zakharia for a daylong seminar on the topic of advancing the new movement toward nuclear weapons abolition. The interactive gathering was carefully structured in order to 1) elicit from students their considered impressions of what the major obstacles are that inhibit progress on nuclear weapons abolition; and 2) to help them visualize a clear sequence of action steps that ultimately will result in the entering into force of the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Check back...

A Report From Dialogue Nights No. 4

By Mitch Bogen

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We hosted our first Dialogue Nights event of 2018 on January 19, when more than forty Boston-area students and young professionals gathered at the Ikeda Center to discuss “The Invisible Arrow of Prejudice, War,...

On Friday, December 1, the Ikeda Center welcomed nearly 50 Boston-area students and young professionals for our third Dialogue Nights event of Fall 2017, this time featuring guest facilitator Ceasar McDowell, Professor of Civic Design at MIT. The evening’s theme was “The Power of Raised Voices: Do You Know More Than You Can Say?” The goal of the dialogue was to help participants unearth the sources of their reluctance to engage in the important, difficult conversations we need to improve the health of our democracy.

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Dialogue Nights 3

On Friday, December 1, the Ikeda Center welcomed nearly 50 Boston-area students and young professionals for our third Dialogue Nights event of Fall 2017. The gathering featured Professor Ceasar McDowell of MIT leading everyone in an exploration of "The Power of Raised Voices." Employing a unique approach, Dr. McDowell facilitated a dialogue about dialogue, or rather, a dialogue about why so many of us are reluctant to engage in the kinds of conversations that are needed if we are to become a healthier, more harmonious society.

The point wasn't that it's wrong to be...

nuclear abolition thumb

On October 14, the Center welcomed fifteen students from eight Boston-area universities to its first-ever student peace seminar. The session, the first of two, was conceptualized and facilitated by pioneering feminist peace educator Betty Reardon and Zeena Zakharia, Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Education at UMass Boston. With Center founder Daisaku Ikeda’s 2009 nuclear abolition proposal as a guide, the facilitators and students tackled the challenge of abolishing nuclear weapons and how to engage, empower, and inspire civil society to take action on...

Dialogue Night 2

Our new Dialogue Nights series continued on Wednesday, October 25, with another great gathering of young Bostonians. The theme for the evening was "Life-to-Life Encounters in a Digital World." The participants included a nice mix of Boston-area university students and young professionals, all of whom readily admitted they spend a considerable amount of time focused on their phones each day. During the discussion the positive dimensions of our digital lives were celebrated; after all, the event itself would not even have taken place if not for social media. Yet all emphatically agreed that...

It was heartening to see the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) win the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize! As recent events have demonstrated, complacency and defeatism are no longer acceptable responses to the challenge of abolishing nuclear weapons. Yet these modes of thinking are deeply ingrained. Like ICAN, feminist peace educator and civil society activist Betty Reardon insists that confronting the uncreative thinking that has led to our untenable status quo is an important first step on the path toward abolition. In this new Ikeda Center essay, called "An Experiment in...

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