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February 16, 2007

University of Guadalajara, Mexico, Cohosts "Dialogue with Nature" Photo Exhibition

From February 16 to March 28, 2007, the University of Guadalajara (UDG), Mexico, is cosponsoring "Dialogue with Nature: Photographs by Daisaku Ikeda" together with SGI-Mexico at the University's art museum, the Casa Vallarta Cultural Center. Guadalajara is the fifth Mexican city to serve as a venue for this exhibition of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's nature and scenic photographs taken in Japan and during his foreign travels.

Some 250 guests attended the February 16 opening, including UDG faculty and students, Jeffrey Steven Fernandez, head of the UDG Cultural Department, UDG Public Relations Director José Manuel Jurado Parres, Guadalajara City External Relations Director Cecilia Robles and Mexico Secretary of Culture José Manuel Jurado. Mr. Fernandez welcomed everyone, and messages from Mr. Ikeda and UDG Rector General José Trinidad Padilla López were introduced. The guests were treated to classical chamber music performed by a piano, violin and cello ensemble. Local newspapers El Informador, Mural, Diario Público (Jalisco) and UDG newspaper La Gaceta reported on the exhibition. 

Casa Vallarta Cultural Center

The University of Guadalajara ranks as one of the most esteemed institutions of higher learning in Mexico, with a 215-year tradition. In March 1981, at the University's invitation, Mr. Ikeda delivered a commemorative lecture on "The Mexican Poetic Spirit" to faculty and students. In September 2004, Mr. Ikeda was conferred the University's first honorary doctorate awarded to a Japanese citizen. The previous four showings of the "Dialogue with Nature" exhibition in Mexico were viewed by some 25,000 citizens.

[Adapted from a report from SGI-Mexico and articles in the February 11 and March 2, 2007, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]