René Girard's Mimetic Theory:
Unconventional Wisdom About Human Nature

Today René Girard is recognized worldwide for his theory of human behavior and human culture. In 2005 he was inducted into the Académie française, and in 2008 he received the Modern Language Association's award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement. He is Professor Emeritus at Stanford University.  But back more than 50 years ago, René Girard started teaching French literature because he needed a job... More

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Gods, Victims, & Startups

Investor Peter Thiel talks about the role of innovators in our celebrity-obsessed world in a lecture inspired by his experience as co-founder of PayPal —and by René Girard's anthropology.

Mark Anspach


Why would an oppressive imperial power stage an elaborate form of human sacrifice pitting youthful representatives of each conquered territory against the others? It makes no sense! At least, not to New Yorker film critic David Denby... More

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Theology & Peace Conference June 10-12

Registration is open for the 7th annual conference, to be held at UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Australian Girard Seminar meets for 4th annual conference

The theme was "Crisis and its Management" on 17th-18th January 2014 at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.

New in English: Girard on Anorexia and Mimetic Desire

Read the book from MSU Press and watch a video chat with the translator, anthropologist Mark Anspach.

Watch Timothy Snyder's René Girard Lecture

Online video of "Why Did the Holocaust Happen? A History Lesson for the Future" Delivered March 13, 2013 at Stanford.