In June 2016, three events commemorating the 20th anniversary of Daisaku Ikeda’s speech, “Thoughts on Education for Global Citizenship,” at Teachers College, Columbia University on June 13th, 1996 were held across the United States.
On June 7th, over 150 educators gathered at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. The event was titled “Thoughts on Education for Global Citizenship: The Courage of Application” and was co-sponsored by the Department of Arts and Humanities at Teachers College and the SGI-USA. On June 12th and 13th, World Summit of Educators was held at Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, CA. Graduate students in the university’s Educational Leadership and Societal Change Program convened the summit, which Ikeda proposed 20 years ago as a way for educators to share best practices across national borders.
On June 17th, the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue hosted an event commemorating Ikeda’s 1996 lecture and the 100th anniversary of John Dewey’s Democracy and Education. Titled “Living as Learning: The Humanistic Challenge to Contemporary Education,” the event featured renowned Dewey scholars, Jim Garrison and Larry Hickman, among other educators. The panel explored core themes from the works of Dewey, Daisaku Ikeda, and Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and explained why humanistic education, as it has developed over the last century, is so well suited to education for global citizenship. Dr. Jason Goulah, Director of the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education at DePaul University, was invited to present at all three events.