Planting and Growing the Seeds of Peace

Peace Studies Group founded at Augusta University

Culture of Peace—In the Peace Studies Group initiated by Augusta University professors, they study the works of SGI President Ikeda. Photo: Stacey Hudson.

AUGUSTA, Ga.—Sixteen professors from Augusta University have come together to initiate the Peace Studies Group.

The group’s mission: “Together, we will explore questions about and aspirations for peace and human dignity through each of our lives, our work, our services as educators.”

The group, which welcomes all faculty, staff and students from Augusta University, was formed with the support of the university and the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue.

Zach Kelehear, dean of the College of Education at Augusta University, sent a letter of appreciation to SGI President Ikeda praising his “dedication to creating peace in the world.” Dr. Kelehear then informed him that Into Full Flower: Making Peace Cultures Happen— a published dialogue between President Ikeda and pioneering peace researcher Dr. Elise Boulding (1920– 2010)—was selected as the study material for the Peace Studies Group.

“This insightful book helps us plant and grow the seeds of peace on campus, in our families and in society,” Dr. Kelehear said in his letter. The group has since studied other works by the SGI president, including One by One: The World Is Yours to Change and A New Humanism: The University Addresses of Daisaku Ikeda.

On Nov. 30–Dec. 1, 2015, Augusta University hosted the SGI exhibition “Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World” at Reese Library. During the opening ceremony, Dr. Kelehear presented the SGI-USA with a certificate of appreciation for bringing the peace exhibition to the university.

Augusta University, founded in 1828, is among the four public research institutions in the state of Georgia. The school comprises nine colleges and schools with nearly 9,000 students.

Dr. Nai-Cheng Kuo contributed to this report.