Monday, February 04, 2008

Midwest COV&R meeting - March 8 & April 11

Aramis here passing this notice on from Suzanne Ross concerning upcoming events in the Midwest COV&R region.

Dear Friends,
As you know, The Raven Foundation was formed as a vehicle for carrying out the mission of Midwest COV&R to bring mimetic theory to the general public. The Foundation invites you to two upcoming events at the Raven Foundation offices, 2624 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL 60026:

Saturday, March 8
10:30am to 1:00pm: Midwest COV&R meeting with lunch
1:30pm to 3:30pm: A New Look at Envy in Othello with Dr. Ebrahimian
Please join us at 10:30am to see the new Raven Foundation offices, review the website and brain storm ways to carry out our mission statement. Lunch will be provided by the Foundation. At 1:30 we will be joined by a wider audience to hear Dr. Babak Ebrahimian of Queens College, NY. Dr. Ebrahimian, studied with Rene Girard at Stanford and will present a Girardian reading of Shakespeare’s tragedy. Othello is currently playing at Navy Pier and Dr. Ebrahimian will be using clips from Orson Welles’ 1952 movie version in his presentation.

We will soon be sending you a pdf flyer for the Othello lecture.

Friday evening, April 11, 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, April 12 (9:00am to 2:30pm)
Religion and Violence: Untangling the Roots of Envy
We will be presenting keynote addresses from Trinity Church’s January 2008 conference on violence and religion held in New York City. The speakers we will hear from are Tariq Ramadan, Susannah Heschel, and James Carroll. Both Heschel and Carroll refer to Girard in their talks, and Andrew McKenna and Sandy Goodhart will present responses. We hope you’ll join this conversation. More detailed information will follow.

[If anyone reading this blog wishes to attend please leave your name and email address in a comment to this post and I will forward you Suzanne's contact information. She will need to know who plans on attending so that they can order lunch. Or if you would like more information about the Midwest COV&R group and/or The Raven Foundation leave your name and email address in a comment to this post and I will make sure to pass the information on. The website does have a contact link as well.]


Athos said...

I say, Aramis, I just noticed that two fellows are speaking at this thing, Tariq Ramadan and James Carroll, with whom I for one wd have a bone to pick.

Carroll has used Girard to downplay western concern with Jihadism, and Ramadan has been the subject of a book, Brother Tariq – The Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan by Caroline Fourest, about which Christopher Hitchens has said,

“Caroline Fourest has done culture and civilization a service by exposing the surreptitious (and insultingly obvious) manner in which a pseudo-intellectual has bamboozled so many of his peers, and a generally adulatory media, into becoming accomplices in their own annihilation.”

If you attend this conference of COV/R sponsored by "The Raven Foundation," I would listen with these things in mind (as well as the way progressives seem able to hotwire mimetic theory to some highly questionable causes of their own).

Athos said...

More recently, there is this from Telegraph columnist Christopher Howse.