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Back to listJan 17, 2006

Dialogue between Peace Scholar Dr. Elise Boulding and SGI President to be Published in Japanese

Ushio Publishers will soon release Heiwa no bunka no kagayaku seiki e, (Building a Century of a "Culture of Peace"--tentative translation), a dialogue between Dr. Elise Boulding, renowned American peace activist and sociologist, and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. The book is a compilation of a dialogue series published in the monthly Japanese women's magazine Pumpkin, from March 2004 to April 2005. In the upcoming publication, Dr. Boulding and Mr. Ikeda discuss concrete efforts for transforming our society from a "culture of war" to a "culture of peace," focusing on the responsibility of family and community; women's roles; children's education; respecting diversity; harmonious coexistence with nature; and dialogue.

The book will be available at major book stores and book corners in Soka Gakkai centers throughout Japan, beginning January 20. The book retails for 1,470 yen, including tax.

Dr. Boulding (right) chatting with an admirer at a book signing
Heiwa no bunka no kagayaku seiki e, (Building a Century of a "Culture of Peace"--tentative translation), a dialogue between Dr. Elise Boulding, renowned American peace activist and sociologist, and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda

[Born in 1920 in Oslo, Norway, Dr. Boulding later emigrated to the U.S., where she obtained a Ph.D in sociology at the University of Michigan. She taught at her alma mater and at various other universities. As a mother of five, she has contributed to grassroots peace activities. She has served as secretary general of the International Peace Research Association and as the international chair of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Currently, she is a professor emerita of sociology at Dartmouth College, U.S., as well as an advisor to the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, Tokyo. She also supports activities of the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century. In 2002, the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee and the Young Women's Peace and Culture Conference created the "Women and the Culture of Peace" exhibition, in consultation with Dr. Boulding.]