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We are happy to announce that Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum and Context is being featured as part of the fall book talk line-up at Harvard's Gutman Library. Editors Jason Goulah (DePaul University) and Isabel Nuñez (Purdue University Fort Wayne) will be on hand to discuss how Daisaku Ikeda's vision of human, value-creating education can inform and inspire joyous teaching and learning even in the most difficult of circumstances. Please join them to find out why Cynthia Dillard of the University of Georgia calls Hope and Joy in Education...

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In this episode, host Lillian I continues to engage with youth who participated in a 6-month long dialogue project the Ikeda Center organized in 2019. This time, she speaks with Ikeda Center Youth Committee member Burcu Gulec who is a singer, composer, and improviser. In their conversation, Burcu reflects on how she felt before entering the dialogue experiment, her key takeaways, and how the project influenced her art and her relationship with her dad.

Listen to the episode!...

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In early August, the editors of Hope and Joy in Education, Isabel Nuñez and Jason Goulah, appeared on the popular Ethical Schools podcast. In an episode called "The Power of Happiness: A Buddhist Approach to Secular Education," hosts Amy Halpern-Laff and Jon Moscow spoke with Nunez and Goulah about Daisaku Ikeda's educational philosophy as well as themes from Hope and Joy. Topics included: the individual student as the starting point for educational endeavors; deep happiness as our goal in teaching and learning and living; global citizenship education and the attributes...

Responding to a surge in interest among young people over the last year relating to the need for self-love and self-care, the August 13 Ikeda Center Dialogue Nights—called "A Conversation on Self-Love: What We Need Now"—embraced the topic as one worthy of investigation. And as the joyous response from the 38 college students and young professionals from five countries attending on Zoom showed, it is a topic that people find truly inspiring.

Go here for an article on the August Dialogue Nights!

By Mitch Bogen

Our new multi-author volume, Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum and Context (Teachers College Press, 2021), is rightly being celebrated for how its diverse chapters make the case for the more optimistic and celebratory aspects of teaching and learning, especially now, when schooling challenges seem so severe. However, it would be a mistake to overlook Jason Goulah’s insightful introduction to the volume. In it, Goulah draws upon his deep and extensive...

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In this new (July 2021) episode of the Dialogue Studio, host Lillian I speaks with Ikeda Center Youth Committee member Nandini Choudhury about her experience participating in a 6-month long dialogue project the Ikeda Center organized in 2019. In their recent conversation, Nandini reflects on what she learned about dialogue through participating in the project, how it impacted her life at the time, and how she continues  to practice dialogue in her daily life. Among the topics covered are how a...

Isabel Nunez

Isabel Nuñez is co-editor, with Jason Goulah, of Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum and Context, published by Teachers College Press in April of 2021 and developed in collaboration with the Ikeda Center. In July, just a few months after the book's release, Ikeda Center Publications Associate Mitch Bogen checked in with Dr. Nuñez to get her impressions on what the book and topic mean to her now that the frenzy of preparing this ambitious multi-author volume for publication has passed and she has had some time to live with and reflect on it for a...

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The Ikeda Center launched its new Indigo Talks series on July 22 with a lecture by Dr. Francyne Huckaby called “Two Bundles of Reeds: (In)evitable Pain, (Im)possible Promise.” Dr. Huckaby is Associate Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor of Curriculum Studies in the College of Education at Texas Christian University, as well as past president of the Society of Professors of Education. Named after the Buddhist expression “from the indigo, an even deeper blue,” Indigo Talks is a new lecture series featuring renowned intellectuals in dialogue with...

Over the course of its 28-year history, the Ikeda Center has engaged steadily in dialogue to explore the many dimensions of local and global cultures of peace. From interreligious dialogue to investigations into such topics as restorative justice, mortality, and humanistic education to planning sessions for the Earth Charter, participants in Center events and book projects furthered the cause of human flourishing.

And while pursuits of these sorts continue unabated as we approach our 30th anniversary, over the last few years we also have engaged more directly in efforts to...

Ben Ferencz

The great humanist and peacebuilder Ben Ferencz appeared on 60 Minutes last night (June 27) in an interview with Lesley Stahl. The segment reminded us how lucky we were to have hosted Mr. Ferencz for a visit in 2015. The only living prosecutor from the Nuremberg Trials, Ferencz is tireless in traveling the world to communicate his twin messages of Law Not War! and Never Give Up! In addition to his successful prosection of high-ranking Nazis at Nuremberg, he was instrumental in the creation of the International Criminal Court in 1998. Ferencz is a truly one-of-a-kind human...

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