Mural at Ghost Ranch,
    Santa Fe, NM
    by Carlos Leyba, 1993





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Dr. Daniel Lance

Abstract
Nature as a wild and sacrificial world: Tennessee Williams' view point.
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Dr. André Lascaris o.p.

Abstract
New Creation Metaphors? Mimesis and difference, creation and ecology.
Appearance

André Lascaris, born in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in 1939, joined the Dominican Order in 1958 and was ordained a priest in 1965. He got a PhD in patristic studies at Oxford University in 1970, lectured in systematic theology in South Africa in 1971 and in Amsterdam and Nijmegen from 1973 till 1975. More about André.



Tom Michael
Abstract 1
About the Social Dreaming Workshop Thur. Fri. Sat.
Abstract 2
The Child is Father to the Man
Appearance

Tom is professor emeritus, Rowan University, where he taught organizational behavior and development in the College of Business. He is a Principal in The Dialogue Center for Counseling and Consulting, an organization that works with churches and other non-profit organizations. He is also a lecturer in the Psychiatry and Religion program at the Union Theological Seminary in New York. More about Michael.



Christopher S. Morrissey
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Christopher teaches Ancient Greek, Latin, and Classical Mythology at Simon Fraser University, where he also studies mimetic theory and generative anthropology as a Special Arrangements Ph.D. candidate. His area of research is Aristotle, Greek tragedy, and Shakespeare, in which he is preparing a book that integrates Aristotelian thought with the work of René Girard and Eric Gans. More about Christopher.



Tito E. Naranjo
"Native American Environmental Ethics"
Appearance

Tito Naranjo is a lifelong member of the Santa Clara Pueblo. He is a writer, hunting guide, sculptor, social worker, community activist and college teacher. He holds a Bachelor's degree from New Mexico Highlands University in Sociology and Psychology, and a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Utah.



Rev. Paul Nuechterlein

Abstract
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Paul Nuechterlein was ordained into the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1985 and has been a parish pastor since that time, currently serving as an interim pastor in Kenosha, WI. He has been a COV&R member since 1992, previously presenting at the 1995 (Chicago) and 2000 (Boston) conferences. His interest in mimetic theory and pastoral ministry have led him to maintain a preaching resources website, “Girardian Reflections on the Lectionary,” and to moderate an internet “Girard” discussion group through Ecunet. He resides in Racine, WI, with wife Ellen and three teenage sons, Joel, Matthew, and Joshua.



Marilyn Orr

Abstract
J. M. Coetzee and the Idea of the Scapegoat
Appearance

I am associate professor in the English Department at Laurentian University. My main field is 19th-century British literature. I have published on Walter Scott, and it was through working on a paper on violence in his Old Mortality that I first became engaged with Girardian theory, beginning with Violence and the Sacred. I have written several papers working with Girardian mimetic theory and developed a course, The Returning Warrior, in which I explore some of these ideas. My paper on the scapegoat in J. M. Coetzee emerges out of this work.



Susan R. Ressler
Abstract
"It's All About the Apple, Or Is It"
Activist Practice

Appearance



Daniel Salomon

Abstract
Creation Unveiled-A Précis
Appearance

Synopsis as appears on the back cover of my book: A concerned young activist proposes a way out of our current ecological predicament. But, the environmental movement is not going to like either of his two policy recommendations: repent of all your sins, and than accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. More about Daniel.



Simon Simonse

Abstract
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Simon was born in 1943 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He studied cultural anthropology in Utrecht, Leiden, and in Paris where he has been initiated to structuralist approaches in the social sciences. He has been teaching anthropology in Congo, Uganda, the Netherlands, Sudan, Indonesia, Japan and France (chronological order). His dissertation, Kings of Disaster, Dualism, Centralism, and the Scapegoat King in the South-eastern Sudan, written under supervision of Matthew Schoffeleers in the Free University of Amsterdam (1990) applied mimetic theory to primary field materials relating to sacred kingship in the Sudan. More about Simonse.



David Starr
Abstract
The Sacrifice of Christ: Redemption in the Epistle to the Hebrews and Orthodox Tradition
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Matthew Taylor

Abstract
Traipsing into the Forest: Landscapes, Mimetic Fascination and Rivalry in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park
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Dr. Nikolaus Wandinger

Abstract
"Human Nature" as Mimetic Discussing Ontology and the Mimetic Theory
Appearance

Nikolaus was born in 1965 in Bavaria, Germany. He studied philosophy and theology at the University of Innsbruck, the University of San Francisco and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. More about Nikolaus.



Bernadette Waterman-Ward

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Dr. James Williams

Title of presentation: Evolution within Sinful Mankind and Dramatic Redemption (A work produced in collaboration with Fr. Raymund Schwager)
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James is retired from Syracuse University, where he was professor of Old Testament.  An early participant in the Jesus Seminar, he moved from there to become one of the leading experts on Girard's mimetic theory, especially as it applies to biblical interpretation.  He is author of The Bible, Violence, and the  Sacred: Liberation from the Myth of Sanctioned Violence (Trinity Press International, 1995), editor of The Girard Reader (Crossroad 1996), and translator of René Girard's I See Satan Fall Like Lightening (Orbis, 2001)


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