René Girard and World Religions
Symposium at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley Flora Lamson Hewlett Library and Easton Hall
April 14-16, 2011
Former DSPT Professor Richard Schenk, OP, as a member of GTU's Core Doctoral Faculty, joined forces with a prominent professor of systematic theology from the Jesuit University of Innsbruck, Austria, Wolfgang Palaver, to conceive, organize and carry out an international and interreligious symposium at the GTU. The symposium on “René Girard and World Religions" was held in the Richard Dinner Board Room of the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library from April 14-16, 2011, and it provided GTU with another opportunity to exercise its chosen role as an "ecumenical and interreligious crossroads" and a "haven for interdisciplinary religious thought." Over a span of three days, some 25 scholars from around the world who are familiar with major religious traditions and/or with the theories developed by René Girard (Stanford) about "mimetic desire", rivalry, violence, and religion discussed how these two fields of positive and theoretical studies can illuminate and challenge one another, just as the world is becoming ever more aware of the potential and the dangers of religion for human flourishing. A short summary by Wolfgang Palaver of the speakers and the proceedings is available on pages 4-7 of the May online edition of the COV&R Bulletin.
PROGRAM OF THE CONFERENCE:
Featuring the Public Lecture by Mark Juergensmeyer, UC Santa Barbara: "Girard and Religion in an Age of Terrorism" Thursday, April 14, 2011, 7:30 p.m. The Ecumenical Center (GTU/UCC).
Organization: Wolfgang Palaver (Innsbruck) and Richard Schenk (Berkeley)
Greeting: James A. Donahue, President of the Graduate Theological Union
Thursday, April 14, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library - 2:00 pm
I. Situating Girard's Understanding of Religions (Moderator: Wolfgang Palaver)
II. Beyond Archaic Religion (Friday Morning, April 15, 9:00 A.M., Flora Lamson Hewlett Library. Moderator: Andrew McKenna/Chicago)
Friday, April 15, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library - 3:00 pm