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[Posted by M. Bogen: 8-25-15] One of the problems with discussions around peace building is that many people — proponents and critics alike — don't take enough time either to consider what we think peace actually is or to analyze how the topic has typically been treated. One person who wants to help rectify this situation is Peter Stearns, University Professor and Provost Emeritus at George Mason University, whose areas of expertise include world and social history. Dr. Stearns will also be one of the featured speakers at...

Today, Thursday, August 6, is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, an event that altered the trajectory of global armed conflict, increasing the potential for catastrophic levels of destruction barely comprehensible to the human mind. Center founder Daisaku Ikeda has always placed the abolition of nuclear weapons at the heart of his efforts toward global peace. Mr. Ikeda says: "The idea that nuclear weapons function to deter war and are therefore a “necessary evil” is a core impediment to their elimination; this idea must be challenged and dismantled." He adds that:...

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.

Homepage

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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