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Human Conflict & Civilization - Fireside Chat on Famed Thinker Rene GIRARD

Le 15 juin 2023 de 19:30 à 22:30
American University of Paris, 75007, Paris France
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In this complex changing world, with religious and political strife on the rise, questioning democracy, equality, humanity, notions of civilization and culture, and on the other hand, Artificial Intelligence and its large language models revolutionizing disciplines, economic sectors and human thought processes, scientists and thinkers seem divided as to our nature and our future. At Stanford University, Rene Girard, one of the most original thinkers of the last fifty years, offered remarkable insights.

In keeping with its mission of fostering curiosity and awareness,  
Ivy Plus European Leaders
in partnership with
The American University of Paris
is thrilled to invite you to a very topical and intellectually stimulating
Fireside Chat
Stellar Stanford Speakers
Jean-Pierre Dupuy & Cynthia Haven
Visionary Philosopher René GIRARD
on the occasion of the centenary of his birth

Is Conflict in Our Nature?   
What of Culture & Civilization? Can We Sway the Future?

Why do humans have such a remarkable capacity for conflict and violence?
How are René Girard’s challenging interpretations of human psychology, social dynamics, literature, history, myths, rituals, religion, violence, mimetic desire, scapegoating, and the origins of culture and civilization relevant today?

Thursday 15 June 2023 – 7:30 pm
American University of Paris – Combes Center – Paris 7

Jean-Pierre Dupuy
Stanford University & Polytechnique Professor, Philosopher of Sciences, Author

Cynthia Haven
Stanford University Scholar and Author

Join us for this exceptional event as Jean-Pierre Dupuy and Cynthia Haven discuss ideas, thoughts, and theories of world-renowned thinker René Girard, anthropologist, literary critic, historian, influential author, member of the Académie Française, late professor at Johns Hopkins and Stanford University.

This event will be kindly hosted by
Daniel Medin
American University of Paris Chair Department of Comparative Literature, Director Center for Writers and Translators
Maria Adle
Founder & President Ivy Plus European Leaders, Author


A Few Words on Speakers
 Jean-Pierre Dupuy
A graduate of Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole des Mines and Ecole Normale Supérieure (ULM), Jean-Pierre Dupuy is an interdisciplinary Philosopher with a background in Mathematics and Logic. His work explores the intersection of philosophy, science, Artificial Intelligence, and technological advancements.
Pr. Dupuy is Professor at Stanford University and Professor Emeritus of Social and Political Philosophy at Ecole Polytechnique, where he created the Center of Research in Philosophical Disciplines. He is a member of the French Academy of Technology, and of the Conseil Général des Mines, which regulates industry, energy and the environment in France, and the author of numerous books.
Jean-Pierre Dupuy’s more recent works have focused on threats and potential global catastrophes (nuclear menace, climate change, energy crisis, collapse of biodiversity, financial meltdown, synthetic biology, human genome editing, pandemics...), while reflecting on metaphysical problems such as rational choice theory, game theory, mathematical economics, the rational foundations of moral philosophy, prediction equilibrium.
Pr. Dupuy has written extensively on René Girard : René Girard et le problème du mal; L'Enfer des choses, René Girard et la logique de l'économie; The Mark of the Sacred, and heads the Imitatio Foundation which supports research on René Girard.
Cynthia Haven
An internationally recognized author, a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar, Cynthia L. Haven is a distinguished Scholar at Stanford University, in the Division of Literature, Cultures, and Languages. She is also a literary critic, an editor and a biographer specializing in Russian and European Authors. She has been a Fellow at the Stanford Hoover Institution, when writing on Nobel Prize poet Joseph Brodsky, and a Journalism Fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna.
A recipient of many literary and journalistic awards, including two Hopwood Awards and a Broomfield Essay Prize, Cynthia Haven writes regularly for The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, World Literature Today, and other publications. At Stanford, she has founded a literary blog, “The Book Haven,” sharing intellectual insights, historical and literary news.
Cynthia Haven’s books on René Girard include:
Conversation with Rene Girard, Prophet of Envy
Evolution of Desire: A Life of René Girard
All Desire is a Desire for Being -Essential Writings of René Girard (Penguin Classic, 2023)

The discussions will be followed by a Cocktail Reception
a Book Signing by Cynthia Haven
an exclusive Dinner with speakers and hosts.

Looking forward to welcoming you!
Venue: The American University of Paris – Combes Center – 6 rue du Colonel Combes – Paris 7
Date and Time: Fireside Discussion & Cocktail: Thursday 15 June 2023 – 7:30 pm (Welcome from 7:00 pm)
Participation Price Fireside Chat +Cocktail: 25€ Members IPEL and Partners (AUP, HEC, Columbia, Alliance)– 29€ Non- Members and Guests
Exclusive Dinner with Speakers and Hosts at Hôtel de Poulpry - Very limited number - 65€ Members and Partners - 75€ Non-Members
Registration & Payment Link: Deadline for Reservation Tuesday 13 June 2023. ID needed to enter The American University of Paris

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Le 15 juin 2023 de 19:30 à 22:30


American University of Paris, Combes Center - 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007, Paris France


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