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Colloquium On Violence & Religion



COV&R-Bulletin No. 15 (Oct. 1998)


Soon after COV&R was formed at Stanford University I heard about colleagues at the University of Innsbruck who wished to participate and help guide the new society. I have already spoken of Raymund Schwager in these pages. His young colleague, Wolfgang Palaver, shouldered a heavy load early on for the cause of the Colloquium and Girardian studies. Not the least of his activities was editing the Bulletin. Without the Bulletin, begun in 1991, and the journal, Contagion, started in 1994, COV&R would not have become what it is today.

One of the most admirable things about Wolfgang's work and achievement as Bulletin editor is that he assumed this task while still a young scholar who had yet to establish himself fully in an academic career. At least twice a year the editor must devote numerous hours to making sure that all the material is submitted, getting it properly formatted, seeing that it is proofread, etc. Wolfgang accomplished this in fine fashion while teaching, doing research, and generally securing his place as a first-rate scholar in theological ethics and political theory.

So a warm fraternal "thank you" to Wolfgang for all he has done toward the success of the Bulletin and of COV&R. Since he is still on the Advisory Board and will be active in COV&R, we will continue to benefit from his insight, industry, and good humor, while at the same time we are fortunate to have an excellent successor in Johan Elsen.

James G. Williams