THEMES: Dialogue

In the vision of Daisaku Ikeda and the Center, dialogue is the primary tool for bridging our differences and pooling our wisdom for a healthier, more harmonious world.

The Role of Literature in Times of Division

In this April 2017 seminar, Anita Patterson of Boston University talked with Boston-area university students about how deep engagement with literature offers unique, even practical benefits for transcending polarization.
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The Healing Power of Dialogue

Writing in 2002, former Center president Masao Yokota says of dialogue: "Patience is needed but that is not the most difficult thing; what can be more difficult is developing an appropriate attitude, a deep awareness of others."
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Learning Through Dialogue: A Conversation with Virginia Straus Benson

Interviewed to commemorate the Center's 10th anniversary (in 2003), Virginia Benson talks about the centrality of open-hearted, open-minded dialogue to all of the Center's endeavors.
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Dialogue and Subversion: Global Ethics in the College Classroom

In the post-9/11 world, characterized by widespread belief in the inevitable "clash of civilizations," could dialogue based on a desire to learn from others be the most subversive educational activity of all?
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Dialogue in a Divided World

This article reports on a 2009 Center-sponsored seminar with Harvard faculty Nur Yalman, Harvey Cox, William Graham, Shahab Ahmed, Leila Ahmed, and Noah Feldman.
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A Multiplicity of Dialogues

On April 6, 2013, Dewey scholars Jim Garrison and Larry Hickman engaged in a dialogue with Boston-area university students on key themes from A New Humanism: The University Addresses of Daisaku Ikeda.
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