Join Us for the 2019 Ikeda Lecture

Dialogue in Demographic Complexity:
Overcoming Our Discriminatory Consciousness

The DePaul University Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education is pleased to welcome Ceasar McDowell to give the 2019 Ikeda Lecture, “Dialogue in Demographic Complexity: Overcoming Our Discriminatory Consciousness.” Professor of the Practice of Community Development at MIT, McDowell is internationally renowned for his work on dialogue and voice in the development of community knowledge systems, civic engagement, peace, and the education of urban students.

In this talk, McDowell explores the power of dialogue in times of demographic, racial, ethnic, and linguistic complexity as the means of overcoming what Daisaku Ikeda calls “the ‘invisible arrow’ of discriminatory consciousness embedded in our own hearts.” For McDowell, as for Ikeda, conquest of our own prejudicial thinking, our own attachment to difference, lies in the creation of what he calls “micro-inclusions” that leverage everyone’s voice and agency. Such micro-inclusions are the surest means to foster peace, universal respect for human rights, and creative coexistence in times of division.

October 1st, 2019
6:00 PM – 7: 30 PM
DePaul University Student Center 120 A & B
2250 North Sheffield Avenue

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Ikeda Lecture 2019 

CTA: The Student Center is one block south of the Fullerton Stop for the CTA Red, Brown, and Purple Lines.
DRIVING: There are two parking garages, on Sheffield and Clifton Avenues, between Fullerton and Belden Avenues. The Sheffield Garage is closer (2-min walk); Clifton Garage is a 4-min walk. If validated at the Student Center’s main desk, parking costs $7.50. Metered—but very limited—street parking is also available.

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