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Betty Reardon

We just posted (on July 7th) our second set of videos featuring peace scholar Betty Reardon. In this set, Dr. Reardon looks at the big picture of peace building, considering what peace work means in the varied contexts and environments that impact how peace should be pursued and promoted.

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[Posted by M. Bogen, 6-25-15]

We live in the age of Big Data. Every sector of life, from baseball to "homeland security," seems to prioritize the crunching of numbers over other activities aimed at improvement and success. Students, parents, teachers, and above all school administrators will tell you that education is no exception. In fact, education might now be the most data-focused field of all, with the survival of a school and its faculty based mainly, or even entirely, on standardized test scores. It is increasingly rare that educators speak of...

Here's a guide to each section of the Ikeda Center website.

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This one might be self-evident, but here you can link to updates on all our recent activity. Also, the rotating slideshow provides links to some of our key resources, so that's a pretty good way to enter the site. Beneath the slideshow you can view a video introduction to our work, created in 2014 and featuring many of our friends.

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[Posted 6-19-15]

We extend our condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the horrible murders that occurred earlier this week at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. As President Obama and others have noted, Emanuel has been an important focal point in the African American struggle for freedom, equality, and liberty in our country. We will do our best to honor the legacy of Emanuel AME and Wednesday’s victims by maintaining our work in pursuit of peace, learning, and dialogue — work in which...

Betty Reardon

Betty Reardon is founder of the International Institute on Peace Education and one of the civil society originators of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security. Earlier this year she sat down with the Ikeda Center to discuss her pioneering work in the fields of peace education and human rights. We will post video clips from this conversation in two sets. The first set deals with UN 1325, which addresses the harsh, disproportionate impact of armed conflict on women. In the three clips that comprise this set, Dr. Reardon discusses 1) the origins and significance of...

Ben Ferencz

The only surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg Trials, Benjamin Ferencz has devoted his life to the creation of a peaceful world in which the rule of law triumphs over the rule of power. After Nuremberg, Mr. Ferencz commited himself to the creation of world law, and was among those responsible for the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 1998. This is a major achievement, but Ferencz cautions us that the work will remain incomplete until all states accept that they do not have “a sovereign right to wage war,” and that the ICC has the capacity to prosecute “illegal armed...

Chhabra and Kew

On May 4th, the Ikeda Center hosted its latest seminar bringing university students into dialogue with senior scholars working in peace- and education-related fields. The fourteen Boston-area students in attendance, who ranged from undergraduates to doctoral students, represented a rich range of interests and academic disciplines, including medicine, comparative religion, international affairs, international development, theological studies, and conflict mediation and resolution. They engaged in a 90-minute dialogue on the complexities of conflict resolution with Meenakshi Chhabra,...

On Monday, May 4, fourteen Boston-area university students gathered at the Ikeda Center to engage in dialogue with professors Meenakshi Chhabra of Lesley University and Darren Kew of University of Massachusetts Boston. Chhabra's remarks centered on her experience fostering Indian-Pakistani dialogue, and Kew's centered on his work facilitating Muslim-Christian dialogue and mediation in Nigeria. Finding common ground means being willing to cross borders of many kinds, Chhabra and Kew said. We will post an essay on the event during the week of May 11.

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For Nepal

Students at the University of South China lit candles in honor of those affected by the Nepal earthquake. The NYT has published a good first-person account of the earthquake and its aftermath. It's called "Perseverance and Grace as Nepal Is...

In Encountering the Poems of Daisaku Ikeda, literature scholars Ronald A. Bosco, Kenneth Price, and Sarah Ann Wider consider various dimensions of the poetic oeuvre of Buddhist thinker and leader Daisaku Ikeda. Dr. Bosco looks at lyricism in Mr. Ikeda’s work, Dr. Price traces the poetry’s connection with Walt Whitman, and Dr. Wider elucidates how the poems function as encouragement for their many readers worldwide.

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