Launched October 2015, this podcast page is one of the newest addition to our Ikeda Center web offerings. We will feature audio excerpts from our events, audio interviews from our archives, and new audio clips from leading figures working for peace, learning, and dialogue. Please check in with us frequently.
At the time of his passing in 2014, Vincent Harding was Professor Emeritus of Religion and Social Change at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. A friend and colleague of Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Harding drafted King's influential and controversial "Beyond Vietnam" speech. His dialogue with Daisaku Ikeda, called America Will Be!, was published by our Dialogue Path Press in 2013. In these episodes, excerpted from a 2001 interview, Dr. Harding discusses education as a sacred calling and the difference between knowledge and wisdom.
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In this three-part interview, Ceasar McDowell introduces his work in the development of community knowledge systems and civic engagement. McDowell says that for him, all his work boils down to one thing: voice — especially how "people who are at the margins of society are able to both name their experience in the world, have that naming be recognized, and also open themselves up to the experience of others." Dr. McDowell is President of Interaction Institute for Social Change, and Professor of the Practice of Community Development at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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In Episode 6 of our podcast, Lesley University's Meenakshi Chhabra says, "It's so much easier to feel dignity for people that I like, or that I have no differences with, no problems with. But, I think it's crucial that — and the test is really — Can I feel the same way for people that I have differences with; who I don't want to talk to, who I turn my face away from on a day-to-day basis even? Can I bring forth that feeling of, Yes, they have their dignity too?"
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In episode 7 of the Ikeda Center podcast, author Donna Hicks introduces her definition of the concept of dignity as well as its relation to resolving conflict. She explains, "Every single one of us, we all have dignity. We're born with it. It's part of who we are as a human being and we all have inherent value and inherent worth. In fact, I would even argue that we are not only valuable and worthy, but that we are invaluable, that we're priceless and irreplaceable.”
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In episode 8 of the Ikeda Center Podcast, Matt Meyer discusses the significance of love, dialogue, and unity in peace and justice movements today. He comments, “We know that in building a nonviolent movement—in education, in practical grassroots realities, and in our personal lives—that we need to confront injustice, hopelessness, and the problems that are around us in the world. So revolutionary nonviolence and a continuum of nonviolence, for me, centers around understanding our own power, in truth, in soul, and in love.” In episode 9 meyer discusses the power of trust and honesty in classrooms.
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In episode 10 of the Ikeda Center Podcast, Dr. Judith Thompson shares some insights on the concept of social healing and its relation to peace building. She comments that “the social healing lens is really a paradigm; it’s a vision that arises basically from the inherent truth of interconnectivity, which is to say it’s a lens of compassion. And I see it as an evolutionary step for us." In 1984, Thompson co-founded Children of War, Inc., an award-winning international youth leadership organization that supported the vision and leadership of young activists from 22 war-torn countries. She continues to do social healing work globally.
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