COV&R Conference Schedule

June 2 - June 6, 1999

This is a preliminary listing and scheduling of program participants and events. Details may change substantially before our June meeting. Please consult this site frequently for updates and changes.

Last update: May 26, 1999



Pre-Conference: Arrival of Board members at Woodruff Residential Center, 1495 Clifton Road


9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference COV&R Advisory Board Meeting Cox Hall, upper level

4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Conference Registration and Check-in at Woodruff Residential Center, 1495 Clifton Road


**Unless otherwise indicated, all sessions will take place in Cox Hall, upper level

6:30 a.m.

P.E. Center Opens

7:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast at Dobbs University Center (DUC)

8:00 a.m.

On-Site Registration ($60 or $20/day) and Book Exhibit opens  (Cox Hall, upper level)

9:00 a.m. 

Gathering time/Announcements 
(Cox Hall, Room 4-upper level)

9:15 a.m. 

Welcome & Introductory Remarks 

Thee Smith, Religion Department, Emory University


Session 1:

     10:00a.m. lecture

     10:45a.m. discussion

The Origin of Language: Violence Deferred or Violence Repressed? 

Eric Gans, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)




Session 2:

      11:15a.m. - lecture

      12:00p.m. - discussion

Primatology: Violence Reduction among Primates

Frans DeWaal, Director, Living Links Center, Yerkes Primate Research Center, Emory University

12:15-12:30 p.m.

Summary Discussion

12:30-1:45 p.m.

LUNCH at Dobbs University Center (DUC)

Early Afternoon

Session 3: 

     2:00 p.m. - lecture

     2:45 p.m. - discussion

The Rise of Modernity and the Fall of Violence among a Rainforest People of Papua, New Guinea

Bruce Knauft, Anthropology Department, Emory University

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.


     Concurrent Lectures

    3:30 p.m. - presentations

    4:15 - 4:45 p.m. - assessments

4A. Ted Vehse, Humanities and Religious Studies, West Virginia University, Mambu in Morgantown: Collegiate Violence as Expressive of the Cargo Situation

4B. Steve Haynes, Department of Religion, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, Curing the Curse: Genesis 9 in Girardian Perspective (Geosciences Bldg, Room 105)

4C. Rosemary Johnsen, National Coalition of Independent Scholars,Seneca Falls Inheritance: Disentangling Legislation and Violence against Women in Monfredo's Fiction

4D. Peter Brecke and William Long, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, International War and Reconciliation 

        Concurrent Workshop/Practicum

     3:30 p.m. - presentation

     4:30 - 4:45 p.m. - assessment

4E. Jim Grote, Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville, Business Ethics, Office Politics, and Mimetic Rivalries 

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Dinner at Dobbs University Center (DUC) or neighborhood restaurants


      Plenary Address

      7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

NOW THAT THE TRC IS OVER....Looking Back, Reaching Forward, Charles Villa-Vicencio, Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and University of Cape Town, South Africa


**Unless otherwise indicated, all sessions will take place in Cox Hall, upper level


6:30 a.m.

P. E. Center opens

7:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast at Dobbs University Center (DUC)

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Gathering Time/Announcements 

9:15 a.m. - lecture              10:00 a.m. - discussion

Session 5:  Richard Koenigsberg, Director, Library of Social Science, Elmhurst, NY, The Sacrificial Meaning of the Holocaust

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.


      Concurrent Lectures

    10:30 a.m. - presentations

    11:30 a.m. - assessments

6A.   Sara Osborne, Albany Law School, The Role of an Ultimate Authority in Restorative Justice: A Girardian Analysis

6B.  Tom Flores, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, Correlation between a Girardian Hermeneutic of the Cross and a Perichoretic Negation of Sacred Violence

6C. Matthew Kratter, University of California, Berkeley, "The United States of Lyncherdom": American Modernism and the Persecution Text


       Concurrent                   Workshops/Practicums

   10:30 a.m.  - presentations

   11:30 a.m. - assessments

6D. Hugh Kirkegaard, Chaplaincy Correctional Services  of Canada (Toronto) and Wayne Northey, Christian Volunteers in Corrections, British Columbia, Canada,  The Sex Offender as Scapegoat

6E. Dawn Perlmutter, Art and Philosophy Department, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Postmodern Iconoclasm: Violence in the School Yard

12:15-1:45 p.m.


Concurrent Workshops

     2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

7A.  Don Beck, National Values Center, Denton, TX, Spiral Dynamics: Mapping Psycho-Social Developments from Prehistory to the Future 

7B. Psychology of Mimetic Theory  Tom Pace, Psycotherapist, Seattle, Washington                    Rusty Palmer, Psychology, University of Washington,  Jean-Michel Oughourlian, Psychopathologist, Universite de Besancon

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.


Plenary Address

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Rene Girard, Hammond Professor of Literature (Emeritus) at Stanford University and Honarary Chair, Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R)


**Unless otherwise indicated, all sessions will take place in Cox Hall, upper level

6:30 a.m.

P. E. Center opens

7:30 a.m.

Breakfast at DUC

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Gathering time/Announcements

9:15 a.m. - lecture                    10:00 a.m. - discussion

Session 8.  Regina Schwartz, English Department, Northwestern University, Biblical Rhetoric/Biblical Violence: An Essay on Toleration & Charity 

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.


    Concurrent Lectures

10:45 a.m. - presentations



11:45a.m. - 12:00p.m.- assessments

9A. Kenneth Burke and Rene Girard on Scapegoating

Author: William Johnson, Michigan State University. 
Presiding: Sandoor Goodhart, Purdue University 
Diana Culbertson, Kent State University (Emeritus) 
William A. Johnsen, Michigan State University 
William Mishler, University of Minnesota, The Question of the Origin of Language in René Girard, Eric Gans, and Kenneth Burke 

9B. Robert Hamerton-Kelly, Stanford University, The Fall of Creation as a Theological Category and a Biological Problem 

        Concurrent Workshops/Practicums

10:45 a.m. - presentations

11:45a.m. - 12:00p.m.- assessments

9C. Billy Hewett, Oxford University, Facing Violence: Girard's Framework for Popular Communication, Participation, and Action

9D. Mark Mahoney, Attorney at Law, Harrington & Mahoney, Buffalo, NY, Legislating Sacrifice: The Law and the Death Penalty

12:15 - 1:45 p.m.

LUNCH at Dobbs University Center (DUC)

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

For COV&R members and friends: the annual Business Meeting at Gatehouse Cafe in Woodruff Residential Building

Afternoon 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.

UNSCHEDULED time for swimming or tennis, walking or resting; trips to Atlanta-- e.g., the King Center or Carter Center, Peachtree Street or Sweet Auburn, the historic black colleges, Margaret Mitchell House ("Gone With the Wind") or Stone Mountain, Underground Atlanta and/or the House of Coke. 

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.


7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

COV&R Convivium I:  A "Liturgical Consummation" 

Led by Rebecca Adams in Winship Ballroom 

9:00 p.m.

COV&R Convivium II:

Desert Reception in Winship Ballroom


12:00 p.m. (Noon) Deadline for checkout at Woodruff Residential Center 

Optional: Attend Sunday worship ( 8 and 11 am) at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church (M. L. King family church)

Depart Atlanta


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