On March 11th, 2016, the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies launched its inaugural Dialogue Sessions on the educational philosophies of Daisaku Ikeda and Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. The topic for the initial Dialogue Sessions centered on “global citizenship” in Ikeda’s “Thoughts on Education for Global Citizenship” (1996) and Kwame Anthony Appiah’s “Education for Global Citizenship” (2008). Seventeen students and multiple faculty gathered to discuss convergences between Ikeda’s and Appiah’s ideas on global citizenship.
In the second session held on April 22nd, participants discussed some of the major themes in Appiah’s Ikeda Lecture. With a new topic for each session, the Dialogue Sessions will continue to serve as a venue to bring faculty and students into dialogue on key texts and ideas in Ikeda and Makiguchi studies.
The Institute will hold another Dialogue Session on Friday, May 12th, 2017. The topic will center on Ikeda’s 2017 Peace Proposal “The Global Solidarity of Youth: Ushering a New Era of Hope” and Awad Ibrahim’s “Critical Hip-Hop Ill-Literacies: Re-mixing Culture, Language and the Politics of Boundaries in Education” (2016), which will be the theme for the 2017 Ikeda Lecture by Awad Ibrahim on Tuesday, May 16th. If you are interested in joining the dialogue session, please email IkedaInstitute@depaul.edu.