Applied Nichiren Buddhism at MIT (ANB@MIT) hosted four days of the nuclear abolition exhibit, "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit," with guest speakers, question-and-answer sessions, small-group dialogue, and a symposium.
The exhibit opened to the public on Sunday, February 27.
An Opening Ceremony was held on Monday, February 28, at 6pm, followed by remarks from guest speakers, Dr. Jim Walsh, Research Associate, MIT Security Studies Program, and Paula Miksic, SGI-USA Director for Peace and Community Relations.
On Tuesday, March 1, informal group dialogue sessions were held from 6-7:30pm.
On Wednesday, March 2, the four-day event ended with a symposium from 6-7:30pm. Speakers included long-time nuclear arms control advocate, Professor Aron Bernstein (MIT Physics).
"From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" was created by the SGI in 2007 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Soka Gakkai Second President Josei Toda's Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, made during the height of nuclear arms race on September 8, 1957. Launched on September 7, 2007, the exhibit has been shown in 200 venues in 24 countries, including showings at the UN Office at Geneva and The Parliament House in Wellington, New Zealand. The exhibition consists of 36 panels in four sections: Ensuring Human Security; Arms-Based Security vs. Human Security; Changing Our Worldview; and Global Efforts for Peace.