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Memorial for René Girard, January 19th


Memorial for René Girard, January 19th

Nov 13, 2015

Join us as we honor Prof. René Girard (1923-2015), the inaugural Andrew B. Hammond Professor in French Language, Literature and Civilization, during a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19, at Stanford Memorial Church.

The renowned Stanford French professor was one of the 40 immortels of the prestigious Académie Française. He died at his Stanford home on Nov. 4 at the age of 91, after long illness. Girard joined the Stanford faculty in 1981.

He is the author of nearly thirty acclaimed books, including the provocative and seminal Deceit, Desire, and the Novel (1961), Violence and the Sacred (1972), and Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World (1978). His last major work was Battling to the End (2007).

A member of the prestigious Académie Française, René Girard was called "the new Darwin of the human sciences." His many books offered a bold, sweeping vision of human nature, human history and human destiny. He died November 4th at 91.

Read the full Stanford Report Obituary