Olivier Urbain
  • 54, Male
  • Tokyo and Honolulu
  • Belgium
  • Director of the Toda Institute for…
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Olivier Urbain

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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
1961 Born in Tournai, Belgium
1985 BA in English language and literature, Free University of Brussels (ULB).
1990 Ph.D. in Literature, University of Southern California (USC).
1990 Assistant professor at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.
1991-2007 Assistant, then Associate, then Full Professor in modern languages and peace studies at Soka University, Tokyo, Japan.
2007 Research Fellow at the Toda Institute.
2008 Director of the Toda Institute.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Belgium, US, Japan (yes, there are serious conflicts to be transformed in these countries too!).
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Director of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research
What is your personal or organizational website?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Civil Society, Conflict Resolution, Democratization, Organizational Development, Psychosocial
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Evaluation, Program Administration, Research
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
A model leading from personal to world peace based on a three step approach, namely self-transformation (humanistic psychology, Victor Frankl), dialogue (Jurgen Habermas and Martin Buber) and effective global governance (Cosmopolitan Democracy, David Held, Richard Falk and Daniele Archibugi). The originality of the approach is to combine all three fields into one comprehensive theoretical model.
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
Urbain, Olivier ed. (2008) Music and Conflict Transformation. London: IB Tauris.

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At 7:37am on October 17, 2011, Dr. surendra pathak said…


Subject:  Invitation for the “International seminar on Teacher Education for Peace and Harmony”.


Dear Sir,

We are happy to invite you to participate in the International seminar on ”Teacher Education for Peace & Harmony” from Feb 11 to 13, 2012 at New Delhi, organized by that IASE Deemed University, Gandhi Vidya Mandir, Sardarshahar, Rajasthan, India with the support of GUJARAT VIDYAPITH: AHMEDABAD (http://www.gujaratvidyapith.org/),JAIN VISHVA BHARATI UNIVERSITY (http://jvbi.ac.in/):,THE TEMPLE OF UNDERSTANDING—INDIA (http://www.templeofunderstanding.org/wwa_International_Chapters.html), NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY OF THE BAHA’IS OF INDIA (http://www.bahai.in/), Global Harmony Association (GHA): www.peacefromharmony.org



Prior to this International Seminar a One day Pre-Seminar Workshop was conducted at New Delhi on 24thSeptember, 2011.  About 80 eminent educationists, experts in value education, former bureaucrats/heads of various Educational organizations like University Grants Commission (UGC), National Council of Education Research & Training (NCERT), National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), Indira Gandhi National Open university(IGNOU), National Institute of Open School (NIOS), Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), various University  etc. and a number of Vice Chancellors interested in the cause of Teachers Education through Human Values, Peace and Harmony participated in the workshop. They all advocated that only Value based only Teachers education would bring long term and stable transformation of society.


Hence, we are pleased to invite you in view of your institutional work and your rich experience in the field of peace & harmony development and Teacher education. Your participation will immensely contribute towards improving the quality of the Teacher Education and more importantly achieving Global Peace through Harmony.

A copy of the seminar brochure is enclosed for your kind perusal.

We will appreciate if you could kindly respond to our invitation at your earliest.


Thanking you,

Warm regards,


Dr. Surendra Pathak

Seminar Convener

Note: Please visit http://www.iaseuniversity.org.in/intSeminar/index.asp for the details of the Seminar.




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