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 and Peace 8th Annual Conference

May 27-29, 2015, Chicago

Watch Roberto Calasso’s Girard Lectures

Videos in English and French now available

Stanford to host second Dupuy-Zizek debate

Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Bechtel Conference Center

Roberto Calasso to give the René Girard Lecture

At Stanford University, 7pm Wednesday November 5th 2014

Jean-Pierre Dupuy to Debate Slavoj Zizek

At Portland State University on October 31, 2014