Join Us for the 2017 Ikeda Lecture
Education & the Global Solidarity of Hip-Hop
The DePaul University Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education is pleased to welcome Awad Ibrahim to give the 2017 Ikeda Lecture, “Re-mixing Borders: Education & the Global Solidarity of Hip-Hop.” Ibrahim is an award winning author and education theorist specializing in cultural studies, Hip-Hop, youth and Black popular culture, social justice, diasporic and continental African identities, and applied linguistics. His books include The Rhizome of Blackness, Global Linguistic Flows and Critically Researching Youth. He has taught and conducted research in the US, Canada, Morocco, Sudan and Saudi Arabia, and is currently a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa.
As a scholar of race, language and education, Ibrahim has established himself as an intellectual with a broad reach. In this talk engaging Daisaku Ikeda’s call for a “global solidarity of youth,” Ibrahim considers Hip-Hop’s power to transcend, collapse, and re-mix international borders and the boundaries of race, language, culture, and human education. Hip-Hop is the global voice of youth, what Ikeda would call “a mammoth musical movement.” For Ibrahim, as for Ikeda, confronting the forces that seek to separate us lies in the power of music—and especially Hip-Hop—that speaks directly to the heart. This response, this echo within the heart of youth, is proof that human hearts can transcend the barriers of time and space and difference and nationality.
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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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2016 - Education for Global Citizenship and The Crisis Facing Black America: Kwame Anthony Appiah
On Tuesday, March 29th, the DePaul University Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education welcomed Kwame Anthony Appiah to give the 2016 Ikeda Lecture titled, “Education for Global Citizenship and The Crisis Facing Black America.” Appiah is an internationally renowned philosopher, cultural theorist, and the “Ethicist” for The New York Times Magazine. The event, attended by nearly 600 people, occurred at DePaul’s largest venue, the main auditorium in the Student Center. DePaul students and faculty, members from the community, and educators from universities in Chicago and as far away as Michigan, Missouri, Massachusetts, and the University of Ottawa attended the event.
The lecture started with College of Education Dean Paul Zionts’ opening remarks. He shared the Institute’s many activities since opening last year, including his visit to Soka University and Tokyo Soka High School last winter. He said that Daisaku Ikeda’s ideals and DePaul’s Vincentian Mission are one and the same and that DePaul is extremely proud to house the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies. He also proudly announced that DePaul will soon begin its online master’s degree in Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship.
Thereafter, Jason Goulah, Director of the Institute, explained that the lecture theme both commemorated the 20thanniversary of Ikeda’s 1996 talk on education for global citizenship at Columbia University and brought his perspective therein to bear on the crisis facing black America. Goulah noted that in Ikeda’s autobiographical novel, The New Human Revolution, where Ikeda recalls witnessing an act of racism against a young African American boy in Chicago, he invokes the ethic of global citizenship as the means to ameliorate racial injustice.
In his lecture, Appiah situated Ikeda’s Eastern, Buddhist idea of global citizenship in the Western historical context of Aristotle and Diogenes, stating that Ikeda’s perspective parallels (and can stand alongside) history’s oldest and most enduring understanding of cosmopolitanism. One thing about Ikeda’s perspective that stood out for Appiah was Ikeda’s emphasis on “all life and living,” including the environment. He noted the qualities of wisdom, courage, and compassion that Ikeda advocates as essential for global citizenship and reiterated Ikeda’s curricular practice of global citizenship through: “Peace education, environmental education, developmental education, and human rights education.” Appiah defined global citizenship, or cosmopolitanism, as universalism plus difference. The spirit of cosmopolitanism is rooted in the global concern for each other and in the respect and tolerance for different values and ways of life. Like Ikeda, Appiah asserted that such a spirit is cultivated through dialogue across difference. He cautioned that the goal of dialogue is not to reach agreement but to foster understanding, and he concluded that peaceful coexistence is rooted in practice, not theory.
This was more than evident in his own dialogic engagements with attendees during Q&A and after the event. During Q&A, one young man asked how to end racism that is rampant on his own college campus. Appiah encouraged this young man, speaking to his heart, that this is an opportunity for him, in his own way, to engage history, to make history.
2015 - Living as Learning: Dewey, Makiguchi and Ikeda in the 21st Century Inaugural Lecture
Internationally renowned John Dewey scholars Larry Hickman and Jim Garrison gave the inaugural lecture at the opening of DePaul University’s Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education.
Over 200 students, faculty, and community members filled Cortelyou Commons on January 14, 2015, to hear Drs. Hickman and Garrison discuss their recently published dialogue with Dr. Ikeda, Living as Learning: John Dewey in the 21st Century (2014, Dialogue Path Press).
College of Education Dean Paul Zionts shared opening remarks, welcoming guests from as far away as Université Laval (Quebec, Canada) and noting that the institute’s opening coincided with the 40th anniversary of Ikeda’s second visit to Chicago.
Jason Goulah, institute director and associate professor of bilingual-bicultural education in the department of Leadership, Language and Curriculum, read a message from Dr. Ikeda. In his message Dr. Ikeda stated:
It is truly humbling that the institute for studies in education established at this university should bear my name, and I offer my most heartfelt congratulations on this newly created arena for academic exchange that transcends the boundaries of East and West in pursuit of global citizen education for the twenty-first century…DePaul University is highly regarded as a pioneering university that has put into practice global citizen education and expanded its global network. Moreover, your university, as a prestigious institution of higher learning that has inherited the noble spirit of St. Vincent de Paul, who devoted himself to serving the socially underprivileged, has produced numerous individuals who have made great contributions to society.
There are roughly 40 university-affiliated Ikeda research centers in Asia, Latin America and Europe, but DePaul’s institute is the first in North America, and the first in the Anglophone academy worldwide.