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On October 14, Gutman Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Education hosted a book talk event celebrating the publication of of our newest title, Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum and Context. More than 175 people from 17 countries gathered virtually to hear editors Isabel Nuñez and Jason Goulah reflect on how the book came to be and what they learned in the process of developing it.

Read about the event here!

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In this fourth episode of The Dialogue Studio, host Lillian I continues her conversations with individuals who participated in a 6-month long dialogue project the Ikeda Center organized in 2019. This time, Lillian speaks with not one but two of the participants: Julie Olesky, who is currently pursuing her masters in peace studies in Finland, and her dialogue partner, Catia Confortini, Associate Professor of Peace and Justice Studies at Wellesley College.

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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.

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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...

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