October 2012 Newsletter

October 2012 Newsletter
ANNOUNCING THE RENE GIRARD LECTURES
A new series of events alternating between Paris and Stanford will honor René Girard in both of his home countries by featuring bold thinkers from France and the United States. Timothy Snyder will give the inaugural lecture in Paris on October 25, 2012 and then speak at Stanford University on March 13, 2013. Visit the web site: www.girardlectures.org
TIMOTHY SNYDER GIVES FIRST "CONFERENCE RENE GIRARD"
Timothy Snyder will give a lecture in honor of René Girard on October 25, 2012 at Sciences Po in Paris in an event co-organized by the Mémorial de la Shoah. Professor of History at Yale and author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, translated into French as Terres de sang, Snyder will discuss how to explain the most violent catastrophe in the history of modern Europe. Learn more and sign up to attend at the event web site: www.conf-girard.fr
PARISIAN EVENTS: GIRARD AS READER OF SHAKESPEARE, GIRARD/LEVINAS
Two events in Paris this November organized by the Association Recherches Mimétiques will offer fresh thinking on René Girard's work: "René Girard, Lecteur de Shakespeare" on November 10 at the Institut du monde anglophone and "Girard--Levinas: du sacré au saint," a two-day event at the Biblioth=E8que nationale de France on November 12 and at the Ecole Normale Supérieure on November 13. Visit the ARM web site for details.
NEW IN OCTOBER 2012 FROM MSU PRESS: PSYCHOPOLITICS
Jean-Michel Oughourlian's Psychopolitics is "a sort of Prince for the twenty-first century," according to René Girard. Trevor Cribben Merrill's English translation of conversations with neuropsychiatrist Oughourlian expand on the "interdividual" psychology first proposed in Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World. The dynamics of imitation and rivalry that bind individuals together and pull them apart also explain the political behavior of nations. Visit the MSU web site or purchase on Amazon.com
NEW IN OCTOBER 2012 FROM MSU PRESS: THE SACRIFICE OF SOCRATES
When Athens lost a war in 404 BC, Socrates became a ready target for his disappointed fellow-citizens. Classics scholar Wm. Blake Tyrrell's new monograph gives a mimetic interpretation of Socrates' role as a scapegoat for ancient Athenian society. He also contributes a sustained analysis of Plato's philosophical project from the point of view of René Girard's anthropology. This specialized study fills a key research gap in mimetic theory. Visit the MSU web site or buy the book on Amazon.com


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