Ikeda Center Podcast

This is the official podcast of the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue. Founded in 1993 by Buddhist thinker and leader Daisaku Ikeda, the Center engages diverse scholars, activists, and social innovators in the search for the ideas and solutions that will assist in the peaceful evolution of humanity. In addition to hosting seminars, public forums and talks, the Center also publishes books and web resources related to peace, education, and human dignity.
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Dec 27, 2016
In this episode, Dr. Betty Reardon shares some insights on the relationship between human dignity, peace, and human rights.  She also discusses the necessity of developing a systemic approach to peace building.  She shares that human dignity, "is intrinsically part of human beings, but it has to be realized, and to be realized, it has to be actualized."  
She continues, "we must come to awareness that as human beings we are endowed with dignity, which at its essence means that we are worthy of life, we are worthy of respect, and we are responsible to give respect and affirm life. Now those are intentions that require reflection and action, so that unless there is this process of reflection and action, dignity doesn’t truly exist in our experienced world. And I would argue that many people are denied dignity, many people are convinced by their experience and by argumentation made by those who see that they are advantaged by some not having their full dignity, they come to believe it."   

Dr. Betty Reardon is founder of the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE) and one of the civil society originators of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Widely published in peace education and gender issues, her books include the recently edited volumes, "Betty A. Reardon: A Pioneer in Education for Peace and Human Rights” and "Betty A. Reardon: Key Texts in Gender and Peace.” These two volumes which include selections from Dr. Reardon's publications from the 1960s to the present have recently been published by Springer. Dr. Reardon’s publications are archived in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections at the University of Toledo Library.

The audio from this interview is from a series of video reflections that were posted on the Ikeda Center YouTube page in July of 2015.
Mar 14, 2016

In this recent interview, Dr. Meenakshi Chhabra shares some insights on the role of dignity in relation to peace and conflict resolution.  Dr. Chhabra introduces some experiences from her work in conflict resolution, sharing, "it's so much easier to feel dignity for people that I like, or that I have no differences with, no problems with that dignity. But, I think it's crucial that--and the test is really--can I feel the same way for people that I have differences with; who I don't want to talk to, who I turn my face away from on a day-to-day even, leave aside groups, but on day-to-day interactions. Can I bring forth that feeling: 'yes, they have their dignity too?'"  

She continues: "The connection between the self and the other is really the foundation in this whole process of understanding dignity for me. And what I mean by seeing the connection between self and other is to really know and recognize that when I affirm your dignity, I am affirming mine, and when I negate your dignity I am negating mine, so it's a choice but also necessary that to affirm my dignity I affirm yours." 

Dr. Chhabra is Associate Professor of Global Interdisciplinary Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences at Lesley University.  She has been a scholar and practitioner in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies since 2001.  The focus of her research is in Peace education and youth development in conflict zones with an emphasis on South Asia.  

The audio from this interview is from a series of video reflections that were posted on the Ikeda Center YouTube page in February of 2015.