The Boston Research Center for the 21st Century is an international Peace institute that fosters dialogue among scholars and activists on common values across cultures and religions. The Center collaborates with academic and citizen groups to sponsor symposia, conferences, lectures, and other dialogues for the development of civil society and Peace cultures worldwide. Since it was founded in 1993, focal points of the Center’s work have included human rights, nonviolence, environmental ethics, economic justice, and women’s leadership for Peace. Biannual conference series have explored these issues and helped to shape our future direction.
The BRC’s future work on global ethics will turn toward the practical goal of building networks for the Earth Charter, especially among youth groups, the inheritors of the planet. We will also continue to focus on women’s leadership for Peace with the inauguration (in 2002) of Women’s Lectures on Human Values in collaboration with the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College. Another facet of our work over the next several years will build on ideas articulated by BRC founder Daisaku Ikeda in his year 2000 education proposal. His call for a paradigm shift in education will serve as a point of departure for our programs and publications in this area.
The BRC publications program extends the dialogues and initiatives we engage in through our conferences, lectures, and collaborative programs. The following books can be ordered through the Center’s Web site and are among those currently used as supplemental reading in over 85 American colleges and universities:
- Abolishing War (1998)
- Subverting Hatred: The Challenge of Non-violence in Religious Traditions (1998)
- Buddhist Peacework (1999)
- Subverting Greed: Religious Conscience and the Global Economy (2002)
The Center was founded in 1993 by Daisaku Ikeda, a Buddhist Peace activist and President of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a religious association with members in 163 countries.