In 2001, the year designated by the UN as the “Year
of Dialogue among Civilizations,”the world was rocked by the September
11 terrorist attacks, making the necessity for such dialogue all too clear.
The event is accelerating efforts to promote dialogue and deepen understanding
between differing civilizations.
Genuine dialogue requires civilizations to deepen mutual understanding by
explaining their distinguishing features to each other and understanding each
other’s value systems and world views. With actors on the world stage
proliferating, nation states are not the only units with key roles to play
in inter-civilization dialogue. Important roles are also anticipated for local
government bodies, NPOs, and NGOs in transcending national borders to work
on globalization. Thus, the role of citizens in inter-civilization dialogue
is growing in both Japan and the United States.
With this in mind, this symposium will discuss how to develop inter-civilization
dialogue from the perspectives of culture and education.