Day 1: Saturday, April 28th
The Science of Human Imitation
and the Mimetic Theory
of Reciprocal Relations

8:00-9:00 + Breakfast – The Gould Center

9:00-10:45 + Session 1:
Welcome
& Introductions
All Participants


10:45-11:00 +Break

11:00-12:30 + Session 2:
The Science of Human Imitation

Meltzoff

12:30-2:00 + Lunch – The Gould Center

2:00-3:30 + Session 3:
The Mimetic Theory of Human Motivation
& Reciprocal Relations

René Girard/Oughourlian/Dumouchel

3:30-3:45 + Break

3:45-4:45 + Open Forum

6:30 + Dinner – Il Fornaio (Palo Alto)

Day 2: Sunday, April 29th
Imitation in Evolutionary Perspective:
From Non-Human Primates to Religious
and Cultural Evolution

8:00-9:00 + Breakfast – The Gould Center

9:15-10:45 + Session 4:
Imitation from Non-Human Primates to Humans

Vittorio Gallese

10:45-11:00 + Break

11:00-12:30 + Session 5:
The Mimetic Theory of Culture & Religion

Girard/Anspach

12:30-2:00 +Lunch – The Gould Center

2:00-3:30 + Session 6:
Empathy, Religious and Philosophical Traditions, & Contemporary Concerns

Hurlbut/Konner/Dupuy

3:30-3:45 + Break

3:45-4:45 + Closing Session