2013 Soka Education Conference

Date: 02.16.2013 - 02.17.2013

Time: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Location: Pauling Hall 216

The Soka Education Student Research Project (SESRP) invites you to the 9th Soka Education Conference!

"Education must foster people who intuitively understand and know--in their minds, in their hearts, with their entire being--the irreplaceable value of human beings and the natural world. I believe such education embodies the timeless struggle of human civilization to create an unerring path to peace."-Daisaku Ikeda

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Soka Education Conference

Time and Dates:
Saturday, February 16: 9:30 am - 4 pm
Sunday, February 17: 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Admission: Free

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Peter McLaren

Keynote Speaker:
Peter McLaren, PhD, a renowned scholar and activist who is considered to be a major exponent of social justice education and critical pedagogy worldwide. Currently a UCLA professor, he is the author and editor of fifty books and hundreds of scholarly articles and chapters. His writings have been translated into 20 languages. He is known as one of the leading architects of critical pedagogy and for his scholarly writings on critical literacy, the sociology of  education, cultural studies,  critical ethnography, and Marxist theory.

Coordinators: Marco Timm, Sunmi Jin, Shivangi Khattar

Study Leaders: Jennifer Hayashi, Lawrence Tsao

Conference Leaders: Federica Yuka, Kumasaka Crickmar, Martin Saito, Kei Mukumoto

2013 Conference Schedule

Day 1, February 16th

10:00 – 10:10

Opening Words by Soka University President Danny Habuki

10:10 – 10:20

Introduction of SESRP



10:20 – 10:50

Ryan Hayashi (c/o 2012)

From a Philosophy to a Methodology: Implementing Soka Pedagogy in Math Instruction for At-Risk Youth


11:00 – 11:30

Simone Barclay (c/o 2012)

A New Physical Education: The Philosophy  of Children’s Fitness Centers

11:30 – 13:00

Lunch at the Soka Bistro

12:30 – 13:00

Optional: Community discussion about the 10th Soka Education Conference in 2014



13:00 – 13:30

Yu Hirano (c/o 2013) and Satoshi Inuzuka (c/o 2014)

For SUA to Survive the 21st Century as a University for the People: Learning from the History of a Pre-War Japanese Liberal Arts School, Kyusei Dai Ichi  Kōtō Gakkō


13:40 – 14:10

Menelik Tafari (c/o 2012) and Dr. Carlos Valverde

Soka Education goes Civic: Creating a Value Creative, Engaged Culture


14:20 – 15:30

Panel on Critical Pedagogy with SUA Professors:

Ryan Caldwell, Aneil Rallin, and Phat Vu

Chair: James Spady

15:30 – 15:45


15:45 – 17:15

Keynote presentation: Professor Peter McLaren

Occupy Education and Beyond

17:15 – 17:30

Closing Words by Jay Heffron




















Day 2, February 17th

12:30 – 12:40

Opening Words


12:40 – 13:10

Elaine Sandoval (c/o 2011)

The Ensemble in Educating Cosmopolitanism


13:20 – 13:50

Dr. Ryo Chonabayashi

Tsunesaburo Makiguchi’s Naturalistic Value Theory

13:50 – 14:05



14:05 – 14:35

Natalie De Leon (c/o 2013)

Implementing Queer Theory and Gender Variation into the Public School System Using Soka Pedagogy


14:45 – 15:15

Leonard Bogdonoff (c/o 2011)

Establishing a Baseline for Understanding Soka Education and Education Technologies

15:15 – 15:30





15:30 – 16:30


Academic Department

Putting our Bodies into the Classroom

Kazuhiro Iguchi and Professor Tamiko Terabayashi (SUJ)

Learning of Life that Fosters Global Citizens: Understanding

Soka Education from Educational Practice

Melissa Riley Bradford (Sudbury School)

Free Schools and Areas of Confluence with Soka Education


16:30 – 17:00

Emiliano Bosio (SUJ)

Education of Life: Perspectives toward Global Contribution of Soka Education


17:10 – 17:40

Jean Marcus and Garrett Braun (c/o 2011)

Literary Genres Matter

17:50 – 18:00

Closing Words by Elaine Sandoval and Kristi Wilson