Back to listJan 31, 2005

Dialogue Series between Harvard Social Anthropology Professor and SGI President Begins in March Issue of Ushio

Professor Nur Yalman (right) and Mr. Ikeda (left) in the professor's garden at his home in a Boston suburb (September 1993)

A new dialogue series between Professor Nur Yalman of the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, specializing in social anthropology and Middle Eastern studies, and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda will be published in Ushio, a monthly Japanese literary magazine, beginning with the March 2005 issue. Titled "Kyo no sekai asu no bunmei--arata na heiwa no shirikurodo" ("Today's World, Tomorrow's Civilization--A New Silk Road to Peace"--tentative translation), the dialogues will be concerned with surmounting barriers of culture, religion and race, and exploring means for establishing a global civilization founded on hope and harmonious coexistence.

Professor Yalman and Mr. Ikeda first met in March 1992 in Tokyo, then in September 1993 on the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, when Mr. Ikeda lectured there. Professor Yalman also has been involved in the International Commission for Security and Cooperation in West Asia, part of the Soka Gakkai-affiliated Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research's Human Security and Global Governance project, as well as giving keynote speeches at functions of the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century, another Soka Gakkai affiliated peace organization.

[Professor Yalman was born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1931. He served as professor of anthropology at University of Chicago and director of Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies prior to his current post. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. As a renowned anthropologist, he has continued to pursue a path of harmony and healing in today's divisive world. Professor Yalman's special interests include contemporary social theory and theorists, the anthropology of religion with special reference to Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism; social and political conditions in South and Central Asia, and the Middle East; political and intellectual developments in other parts of Asia including Japan.]