Conference Program

2nd International Conference on Ikeda/Soka Studies in Education

June 16-18, 2021

DePaul University | Virtual Conference


  • The 2nd International Conference on Ikeda/Soka Studies in Education will be held via Zoom Communications.
  • The access information will be sent to the registered guests. Please register for the conference here.
  • All the dates and times on this program are Central Daylight Time (UTC – 5:00).

June 16 (WED)

Session 1 (4:00 – 5:15pm CDT)

Zoom Room 1.1
Ikeda Thought in Action:
Research Across Contexts
Chair: Jason Goulah
Zoom Room 1.2
Literature, the Arts,
and the Poetic Mind in Education
Chair: Gonzalo Obelleiro
Daisaku Ikeda’s Modes of Thinking as a Model for Adaptive Change Proposals
Lynn Harper, Folwell Performing Arts School Minneapolis Public Schools
Self-Formation through Literary Commonplace: An Ikeda/Soka Studies Approach
Iain M. Coggins, Columbia University, Teachers College
Exploring Ikeda’s New Humanism from Critically Compassionate Intellectualism and Relational-Cultural Theory
Nai-Cheng Kuo, Augusta University
Restoration of the Poetic Mind: A Foundation for Education for the SDGs
Ritsuko Rita, DePaul University
The “Being” and “Doing” of a “Good Teacher” from a Soka Perspective
Nozomi Inukai, DePaul University
Ikeda’s Free Verse Poetic Phrases/Lyrical Engage the Readers in Dialogue to Become Fully Human
Ranjan Kumar Lima, DePaul University
Value Creation is the Heart of the Mechanism of Consciousness: Relationship Itself
Mari Gorman, The Graduate Center/City University of New York

Session 2 (5:30 – 6:45pm CDT)

Zoom Room 2.1
Makiguchi and Ikeda:
Inquiries Past and Present
Chair: Jason Goulah
Zoom Room 2.2
Daisaku Ikeda in Education:
Proposals, University Addresses,
and Learning through Literature
Chair: Melissa Bradford
How to Evolve a New Understanding of the Historical Roots of Value Creation
Masahiro Arimoto, Tohoku University
Three Elements for Humanity-Centred Education Reforms and Buddhist Practice
Tetsuko Watanabe, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Remembering the 228 Incident in Taiwan: A Potential for Dialogue, Listening, and Peace
Nina Kunimoto, University of Massachusetts Boston
Ikeda’s Perspective on Reading Great Literature in Informal Educational Settings
Kiyoshi Akasu, DePaul University
A Makiguchian Perspective on the Time-Space Disruptions of COVID
Andrew Gebert, Soka University and DePaul University
A Content Analysis of Daisaku Ikeda’s University Lectures in China, Hong Kong and Macau, 1980-1995
Chelsea Nakabayashi, Bard High School Early College
Peacebuilding within Individuals: Can Humanistic Education Fail Humanity? Reflecting the Challenges in Humanistic Education Implementation
Hsin Yen Phoebe Mok, Soka University

Special Session (7:00 – 8:30pm CDT)

Plenary Welcome Session
Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Ikeda’s Teachers College Lecture

Toward 2030: The Soka Heritage of World Citizenship and the SDGs

Jason Goulah
Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education, DePaul University

June 17 (THU)

Session 3 (4:00 – 5:15pm CDT)

Zoom Room 3.1
Ikeda/Soka Studies
and the SDGs
Chair: Nozomi Inukai
Zoom Room 3.2
Dialogue, Value Creation,
and Human Becoming
Chair: Ritsuko Rita
Education for Sustainable Development: Learning from African Indigenous and Ikeda/Soka Studies
Takako Mino, Ashesi University
Dialogue in Elementary School: Undergoing Human Revolution to Create Value as Global Citizens
Michael Cornell, New York City Department of Education 
Candace Kapakos, Auburn School District
The Contribution of Ikeda’s Value-Creating Approach to Sustainability and the 2030 Agenda
Anna Ikeda, Office for UN Affairs, Soka Gakkai International
Alexandra Masako Goossens-Ishii, Office for UN Affairs, Soka Gakkai International
Transformative Dialogue for Fostering Hope and Youth Empowerment at the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning and Dialogue
Lillian I, Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue
Kevin Maher, Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue
“Soka Education in Action” in Brazil: A Model to Achieve the UN SDG #4
Vicki Mokuria, Stephen F. Austin State University
Alankrita Chhikara, Purdue University
Fostering Value-Creative Leadership through Dialogue in an Educator Knowledge Community
Melissa Bradford, DePaul University
Julie Nagashima, North Central College
SDGs Attainability: Multidimensional Cosmopolitan Dialogue in Daisaku Ikeda’s Action-Oriented Philosophy
Alesse de Freitas Nunes, Soka University
Conscious Seeing: The Poet’s Practice as an Encounter of Value-Creating Pedagogy
Andrea Rehani, DePaul University

Session 4 (5:30 – 6:45pm CDT)

Zoom Room 4.1
Putting Our Research
Paradigm of Ikeda/Soka
Studies in Education
into Practice
Chair: Melissa Bradford
Zoom Room 4.2
Ikeda/Soka Studies in
Higher Education
Chair: Jason Goulah
Scott Bower, Brazil Soka School (Colégio Soka do Brasil)Humanitarian Competition and Business: Viewing Economic Activities Within the Framework of Humanitarian Competition
Kazuma Hatano, Soka University
Michael Cornell, New York City Department of Education Daisaku Ikeda’s Perspective of “Mutual Growth” in Action at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
Tomohiro Kawaguchi, Allen University
Lynn Harper, Folwell Performing Arts School Minneapolis Public SchoolsValue-Creating Professional Development Approaches: Philosophical Perspectives of Soka Educators
Barbara Thorton-Lewis, Independent Researcher
Melanie Reiser, Independent ResearcherExploring the Relationship Between Service-Learning and Global Citizenship Amongst Students of Color
Ruby Nagashima, Soka University of America

Special Session (7:00 – 8:30pm CDT)

Invited Plenary Keynote Session

Spirituality and Selfhood: Toward Integrity as a Teacher

Isabel Nuñez, Purdue University

June 18 (FRI)

Special Session (4:00 – 5:15pm CDT)

Invited Plenary Session

Human Revolution and Transformative Education

Douglas Yacek, Dortmund University of Technology
Gonzalo Obelleiro, DePaul University

Session 5 (5:30 – 6:45pm CDT)

Zoom Room 5.1
Global Perspectives and
Practices Across the Lifespan
Chair: Nozomi Inukai
Zoom Room 5.2
New Directions in Global
Citizenship Education
Chair: Gonzalo Obelleiro
Applying Human Revolution in a Special Education Setting
Candace Kapakos, Auburn School District
Value-Creating Global Citizenship Education for Sustainable Development
Namrata Sharma, State University of New York, Oswego
Where Sōka and the SDGs Cross: Examining a Field Study in Rural Nepal
Kimberly Mullenix, Independent Researcher
Understanding Soka Principles of Global Citizenship and Its Application in International Service-Learning (ISL)
Qianhui Tian, DePaul University
Professional Growth as Developing Teachers’ Humanity
Niteshi Sil, DePaul University
María Fernanda Sánchez, Colegio Soka do Brasil
Young People’s Personalized and Dynamic Journey Towards Global Citizenship
Stephanie Mitsuko Kukita, Soka University
Human Education and the Politics of Menstruation in India
Sania Dogra, Independent Researcher
Individual and Organizational Fidelity and Integrity: Global Citizenship Education in Action
Maria Guajardo, Soka University
Melanie Reiser, Independent Researcher

Closing Session (6:45 – 7:15pm CDT)

Plenary Closing Session

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