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First International Symposium on Global Citizenship Education Held at Soka University

Keynote speaker Professor Jim Garrison (fourth right) with other speakers and participants. Photo by Seikyo Press.

On October 22, the Ikeda Research Institute for Soka Education at Soka University hosted the inaugural International Symposium on Global Citizenship Education under the theme “Restoring Learning to Daily Living: Global Citizenship and John Dewey.” President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message to the event, which was held at the university and attended by some 170 scholars and students from 25 countries. Keynote speaker Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech University and former president of the John Dewey Society Jim Garrison spoke on four intellectual virtues of global citizens—confidence, open-mindedness, single-mindedness and responsibility—that Dewey highlighted. On October 24, Professor Garrison visited the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Tokyo where he met with Soka Gakkai Senior Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda. 

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