DePaul Students Visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki


In January 2015, the DePaul University College of Education introduced a new course on the Soka educational philosophy and nuclear abolition as part of a Japan study abroad program focused on intercultural dialogue and nuclear abolition. Seventeen graduate and undergraduate students from across the university and various academic programs engaged in the intensive 5-week course, Dialogue, Peace, and Human Education in the Atomic Age, reading among other works, Josei Toda’s proclamation against nuclear weapons and Daisaku Ikeda’s annual peace proposals for nuclear abolition. The course began with a 2-week trip to Japan in December 2014, led by DePaul Religious Studies Professor Yuki Miyamoto. While abroad, students visited historic sites in Kyoto, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They also met with representatives from government, education, and religious organizations engaged in nuclear abolition, including Soka youth in Nagasaki.

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