SESRP successfully held the 6th Annual Soka Education Conference, themed “Education for Social Justice: Theory into Practice,” on February 13th and 14th, 2010 at Soka University of America. Welcoming more than 250 participants at the conference’s peak, we held many workshops and special topics sessions in addition to the usual paper presentations to increase interaction with our audience.
We welcomed Dr. Jim Garrison, professor of a Philosophy of Education and John Dewey Scholar at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia, to be our keynote speaker. In his keynote address, “Soka Education for Social Justice,” Dr. Garrison incorporated his deep understanding of John Dewey’s philosophy and his equally thorough understanding of SUA Founder Daisaku Ikeda’s philosophy in an effective analysis of the importance of both individuality and community in the pursuit of social justice.
During the concluding discussion, one guest pointed out that the conference has proven that its foundation is secure and would benefit from increased community participation. This year’s Soka Education Conference shines as an indication of SUA’s progress in creating a sustainable and reciprocating university environment.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support of the 6th Annual Soka Education Conference this year.
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