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Robert Hamerton-Kelly Robert Hamerton-Kelly was Senior Research Scholar Emeritus at the Center for International Security and Arms Control at Stanford University, and the president emeritus of Imitatio Inc., an organization that furthers the study of mimetic theory. As Dean of Chapel and Consulting Professor, he was a full member of the Stanford Faculty. He lectured [...]

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René Girard René Girard was a member of the Académie Francaise, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was Andrew B. Hammond Professor Emeritus of French and Comparative Literature, Stanford University. Internationally renowned for his work on the nexus between violence and religion as well as his “mimetic theory,” René Girard’s publications have been [...]

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Jack Miles Jack Miles is Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. In 1996, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for God: A Biography (translated into 16 languages) and is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship (2002-2007). Professor Miles was a Jesuit seminarian from 1960 to 1970, studying [...]

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Keith Ross Keith Ross is a Princeton University graduate who has worked in the financial markets for 30 years. Currently, Keith is engaged with several entrepreneurial ventures. A member of the Colloquium on Violence & Religion, he has been a student of René Girard’s work and in January 2007, founded The Raven Foundation with his [...]

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Martha J. Reineke Dr. Martha J. Reineke (Ph.D. Vanderbilt University) is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy and World Religions at the University of Northern Iowa.  She previously served as Director of the Graduate Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at UNI.   Her areas of teaching and research expertise include theories of sex and [...]

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Michael McLean Michael McLean is a songwriter, composer, author, performer, playwright, film producer and director. He has written music and lyrics for more than 20 albums and has sold over a million tapes and CDs since his first release in 1983. Since 1991, Michael has performed The Forgotten Carols to sold-out audiences throughout the United [...]

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Andrew McKenna Dr. Andrew J. McKenna, emeritus professor of French language and literature at Loyola University in Chicago, earned a Ph.D. in Romance Languages [French & Spanish] from Johns Hopkins University after receiving his B.A. in French from Holy Cross College. In addition to acting as the host of the French club, he taught courses [...]

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Tripp Hudgins Rev. Tripp Hudgins is an ordained American Baptist Minister and the Director of Admissions at American Baptist Seminary of the West. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond (1992). His seminary study began at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond in Richmond, VA and continued at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, [...]

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Sandor Goodhart Dr. Sandor Goodhart is a Professor of English and Jewish Studies at Purdue University and Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Classical Studies.  He is the author of Sacrificing Commentary.  Reading the End of Literature (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), Reading Stephen Sondheim (New York: Garland Publishing, 2000), For René Girard.  Essays [...]