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Garrison-Hickman-Ikeda Dialogue Series to Commence


TOKYO, Japan: The education monthly Todai will begin serializing a dialogue among Drs. Jim Garrison and Larry Hickman, both previous presidents of the John Dewey Society, and Daisaku Ikeda in its December 2009 issue. In the first installment, the three will examine the life of John Dewey and the legacy of his pedagogical philosophy in the twenty first century. They also discuss the work of first Soka Gakkai president Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, whose progressive educational ideals led him to openly oppose the militarist regime in wartime Japan. Mr. Makiguchi was arrested, jailed and ultimately died in prison for his beliefs.



Dr. Garrison is professor of the philosophy of education at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, while Dr. Hickman is director of the Center for Dewey Studies and professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University. Dr. Hickman and Mr. Ikeda first met in Japan in 2001; Dr. Garrison met Mr. Ikeda in 2008 to present him with the John Dewey Society's honorary lifetime membership.


[Adapted from an article in the November 1, 2009, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]