Lecture: Creating Forums for Peace and Global Citizenship: Daisaku Ikeda and the Toda Institute by Olivier Urbain, PhD

Date: 04.22.2014

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Location: Pauling Hall 216

Oliver UrbanOlivier Urbain, PhD is the Director of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research (Tokyo and Honolulu) devoted to the promotion of global peacebuilding through academic exchanges, conferences and publications. He is the Founder and Director of the Transcend: Art & Peace Network, an online organization promoting research on the links between peacebuilding and the arts. He holds a PhD in Literature from the University of Southern California (1990) and one in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford (2009). Publications related to music and peacebuilding include Music and Conflict Transformation (ed., 2008), Music and Solidarity (co-ed., 2011) and Music, Power and Liberty (co-ed, slated for 2014). Publications related to Daisaku Ikeda’s writings and actions for peacebuilding through dialogue include Daisaku Ikeda’s Philosophy of Peace (2010), Daisaku Ikeda and Dialogue for Peace (ed., 2013) and A Forum for Peace: Daisaku Ikeda’s Proposals to the UN (ed., 2014). 

Established in 1996 by the Founder of Soka University of America, Daisaku Ikeda, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research has based its activities on the motto “Dialogue of Civilizations for Global Citizenship.” This presentation will highlight the goals, philosophy and activities of the Toda Institute, as it strives to address the most urgent challenges facing humanity today through academic research and publications. There will be a special emphasis on the recent publication of the anthology of Ikeda’s Peace Proposals entitled A Forum for Peace: Daisaku Ikeda’s Proposals to the UN (2014) which was launched at the UN Headquarters on February 20.


Sponsored by:  Academic Affairs of Soka University

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