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Conference Attendees
International Conference on Ikeda/Soka Studies in Education

On August 9-11, 2018, the DePaul University Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education hosted the 1st International Conference on Ikeda/Soka Studies in Education. Roughly 100 scholars, educators, and graduate students from 10 countries and all across the United States attended the conference. Under the theme of “Uniting, Defining, and Advancing the Field: Perspectives, Practices and Possibilities,” this international conference aimed to bring established and emerging scholars together to substantively discuss the current state of, and actively and collaboratively unite, characterize, define, and advance scholarship in, the field. Soka schools founder, Daisaku Ikeda, sent a message to the conference, in which he states, in part, “There is nothing more robust or noble than the bonds connecting people who share a commitment to education. There is nothing more bright and beautiful than the solidarity of people of intellect exerting themselves fully in the cause of education. Here we find limitless trust in the positive potentials inherent in life itself, ceaseless value creation toward a hope-filled future.” For more information, please visit our blog or The Conference Call 2018.

Value Creation in R.E.A.L. 

The Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education, in collaboration with the R.E.A.L. Project, began a leadership and literacy program for 9th and 10th grade young men of color at St. Francis de Sales High School in Chicago, IL.  College of Education Professors Horace Hall and Jason Goulah are coordinating and implementing the Value Creation in R.E.A.L. project.

Research Forum
International Research Forum on Ikeda/Soka Studies

The Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education hosted twenty scholars and students from the U.S. and abroad for a five-day (Aug. 6-10, 2016) research forum on Ikeda/Soka studies worldwide. 


Group from Dialogue Session
Dialogue Sessions

The Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education hosted two dialogue sessions for students and faculty on the topic of global citizenship education. The sessions were held in conjunction with Kwame Anthony Appiah’s 2016 Ikeda Lecture, “Education for Global Citizenship and the Crisis Facing Black America,” given at DePaul University on March 29, 2016.


Doctoral Research

Doctoral Research Dialogue Series

The Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education introduced its Doctoral Research Dialogue Series for DePaul graduate students engaged in Makiguchi and Ikeda Studies. The series provides DePaul students an opportunity to network and collaborate with doctoral students from other universities who are engaged in similar scholarship.​