2021 (virtual) Ikeda Lecture

Black Feminism and Society for Education

The DePaul University Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education is pleased to welcome Cynthia B. Dillard to give the 2021 Ikeda Lecture, “Black Feminism and Society for Education.” The Mary Frances Early Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Georgia, Dr. Dillard is an internationally renowned author and educator. Her scholarship on critical education, spirituality, endarkened feminism, and African and African American studies in education has been recognized with multiple prestigious awards, including two Critics Choice Book Awards and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Educational Studies Association, the Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research and the Henry T. Trueba Awards from the American Educational Research Association, among others. She also holds the distinct honor of being enstooled as Queen Mother of Development (Nkosua Ohemaa) for the village of Mpeasem in the Central Region of Ghana, West Africa, an esteemed lifetime leadership position within the community. 

In this presentation, Dr. Dillard develops themes present in her foreword to Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda across Curriculum and Context, bringing her work and perspectives into dialogue with Ikeda’s 2000 proposal for a paradigm shift from education that serves society’s interests to society serving the essential needs of education.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register here for the link and share event details with colleagues, students, and friends who may be interested. 


April 21, 2021

6:00 – 7:30 pm CDT (Virtual Event)

Register here for the link


International Conference on Ikeda/Soka Studies in Education

The DePaul University Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education hosts a biennial conference on Ikeda/Soka studies in education. This conference is an international forum for established and emerging scholars to gather, substantively discuss the current state of, and actively and collaboratively unite, characterize, define, and advance scholarship in the field of Ikeda Soka studies in education. The first conference was held in August 2018. The second conference, originally scheduled for August 2020 has been postponed to June 16-18, 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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