We are pleased to report that the relationship between Reitaku University, Japan and Boston University’s Center for Character and Social Responsibility will now continue beyond the publication of Happiness and Virtue Beyond East and West. This September 24 – 26, 2013, we were reunited to collaborate on developing a cross-cultural understanding of the power of service learning for educators.
At the School of Education Symposium on September 26th, President of Reitaku University, Osamu Nakayama, along with Professor Shujiro Mizuno, Professor Peter Luff and Reitaku University alumnus, Norikazu Furukama presented their insights about anticipated challenges as they expand their emphasis on refining the character and moral decisions of students. Professor Steve Ellenwood, faculty director of the Boston University’s SED Center for Character and Social Responsibility, outlined the School of Education’s vision to incorporate a three-component service learning requirement for all undergraduates. This was followed by respondents, Professor Phillip Tate and Professor Joel Scott, who synthesized the perspectives of American education with their knowledge of Japanese education to our diverse audience of students and educators in both the K – 12 sector and higher education.
Below are photos from the Symposium.
On April 5th, the Center for Character and Social Responsibility (CCSR) hosted The Ethics of Global Competence symposium featuring guest speakers from Reitaku University of Japan. The panel discussed global ethics, focusing on the book “Happiness and Virtue: Beyond East and West Toward Our New Global Responsibility.”
- Dr. Osamu Nakayama: the President of Reitaku University and the Director of its Center for Moral Science and Education;
- Shujiro Mizuno, Ed.D: Professor at Reitaku University and Vice President of the Japanese Association of Certified Professional Counselors;
- Professor Peter Luff: Professor in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Reitaku University and a fellow of the Research Center for Moral Science at the Institute of Moralogy; and
- Dr. Karen Bohlin: Head of the Montrose School in Medfield, Massachusetts and a Senior Scholar at Boston University’s CSSR.
The event began with short presentations from the panelists on the chapters that they have written for the book “Happiness and Virtue: Beyond East and West Toward Our New Global Responsibility.” Each presentation was followed by a response from the discussants. The symposium concluded the evening with an open discussion with the authors, discussants, and audience. Included in attendance was Dean Hardin Coleman, Boston University School of Education, and Douglas Sears, Associate Provost and Assistant to the President, Boston University.
The Ethics of Global Competence symposium was held in conjunction with the Center for Character and Social Responsibility (CCSR). The mission of the CCSR is to support the professional development of individuals and institutions which seek to expand their awareness, knowledge, and skills in the areas of character development and social responsibility consistent with principles of healthy personal development.