Celebrating Educational Generosity

A 20th Anniversary Message

By David T. Hansen

It is a great pleasure to extend my congratulations to everyone at the Ikeda Center on the occasion of its 20th Anniversary. I cannot think of any institution quite like the Center, in terms of its profound ethical vision, its educational generosity toward communities near and far, and its living example of what it means to care for the world. The Center’s hard-working leadership and staff show us all what it means to be genuinely open-minded to new people, ideas, and values, while adhering in a reflective manner to a core set of convictions. Their work represents and embodies so much that is good and hopeful about the human prospect in our challenging times. I have much appreciated my interactions over the years with the Center, and look forward to more in the future. May the next twenty years be as fruitful as the first twenty!


David T. Hansen is Weinberg Professor in the Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education, and Director, the Program in Philosophy and Education, at Teachers College, Columbia University. He edited the Center-developed book Ethical Visions of Education: Philosophies in Practice (2007).

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