PATRICK LAUDE


EDUCATION AND DEGREES EARNED:

Ph.D. Indiana University, 1985. French Literature with a Minor in Philosophy. Thesis: Trois poètes de l'Indochine du début du vingtième siècle: Albert de Pouvourville, Alfred Droin et Jeanne Leuba.

Maîtrise de Philosophie, Université de Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV, 1981. M.A. in Comparative Philosophy; Thesis: La purification intérieure dans le Mizân al-'amal d' Abû Hâmid al-Ghazâli.

Laureate, Competitive Examination for Admission (Philosophy Major) at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, rue d'Ulm, Paris, 1976.

Elève (Fellow Student), Ecole Normale Supérieure (Philosophy Major), 1979-1982.

Laureate,
National Certification for Secondary Education (Competitive Examination--CAPES) in Philosophy, Paris, 1981.

D.E.U.G. (Diplôme d'Etudes Universitaires Générales), History Major, Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail, France, 1979.

ACADEMIC AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Comparative Mysticism

Poetry and Mysticism

Islam and Eastern Religions in Western Literature and Thought

Francophone Asian Literatures

BIOGRAPHICAL DATA:

Born on December 23, 1958 in Lannemezan, France

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

Professional Experience:

2006- Professor, School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Georgetown University
2002- Professor of French, Georgetown University
1993-2002 Associate Professor of French, Georgetown University
1991-1993 Assistant Professor of French, Georgetown University
1987-1991 Assistant Professor of French (granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in April 1991), Texas A&M University
1985-1987 Assistant Professor of French, Oklahoma State University
1982-1985 Associate Instructor of French, Indiana University
1979-1982 Elève fonctionnaire stagiaire (French Government Fellow), Ecole Normale Supérieure (Rue d'Ulm, Paris)

COURSES RECENTLY TAUGHT AT GEORGETOWN:

The Problem of God
The Feminine in Religions
Islamic Mystical Tradition
Is There a Unity of Religions?
Sufism and Comparative Mysticism
SFS Freshman Proseminar
Crossing Religious Boundaries (Islam and Christianity)
Mystical Literature: Love and Knowledge


PUBLICATIONS:

Authored books and monographs:


Pathways to an Inner Islam: Massignon, Corbin, Guénon and Schuon,
State University of New York Press, Albany, Hardback Edition, 2010, 200p; Paperback Edition, 2011, 200p.

Divine Play, Sacred Laughter and Spiritual Understanding, Palgrave-McMillan, New York, 2005, 296 p.

Singing the Way: Insights in Poetry and Contemplation, World Wisdom, Bloomington, Indiana, 2005, 232p.

Frithjof Schuon: Life and Teachings, (in collaboration with Jean-Baptiste Aymard), State University of New York Press, Albany, 2004, 150p.

The Way of Poetry: Essays on Poetics and Contemplative Transformation, Oneonta Philosophy Series, New York, 2002, 237p.

Massignon intérieur, L'Age d'Homme: Lausanne/Paris, 2001, 200p.

L'Eden entredit: Lecture de la Chanson d' Eve de Charles Van Lerberghe, Peter Lang (Belgian Literature Series): New York, 1994, 150p.

Approches du quiétisme: Deux études suivies du Moyen court et très-facile pour l'oraison, Biblio 17: Tübingen, 1991, 145p.

Les décors de silence: essais sur la poésie de Georges Rodenbach, Labor (Archives du futur): Bruxelles, 1990, 127p.

Exotisme indochinois et poésie, Sudestasie: Paris, 1990, 305p.


Translated and revised versions of books:

Louis Massignon: The Vow and the Oath, translated from a revised and augmented version of Massignon intérieur, The Matheson Trust For the Study of Comparative Religion, London, 2011, 260p.

Annotated editions :

Understanding Islam, Frithjof Schuon, A New Translation with Selected Letters, with a Preface by Anne-Marie Schimmel. World Wisdom, Bloomington, Inidiana, September 2011, 272p.


Edited books:


Universal Dimensions of Islam, World Wisdom, Bloomington, Indiana, 2011, 164p.

Pray Without Ceasing: The Way of the Invocation in World Religions, World Wisdom, Bloomington, Indiana, 2006, 227p

Music of the Sky: An Anthology of Spiritual Poetry, in collaboration with Barry McDonald, World Wisdom, Bloomington, Indiana, 2004, 208p.

Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998), Dossier H, in collaboration with Jean-Baptiste Aymard, L'Age d'Homme, Lausanne/Paris, 2001, 480p.


Forewords:



Autumn Leaves and the Ring: Poems by Frithjof Schuon, World Wisdom, 2010, pp. ix-xii.

Ma Miséricorde embrasse toute chose. Les enseignements du Coran sur la Compassion, la Paix et l'Amour by Reza Shah-Kazemi, Tasnim, 2009, pp. 19-22.

Returning to the Essential by Jean Biès, World Wisdom, 2004, pp.vii-xiv.

Roots of the Human Condition by Frithjof Schuon, World Wisdom, 2003, pp. ix-xiv.


Chapters in books:


"Creation, Originality, and Innovation in Sufi Poetry", in Innovation in Islam: Traditions and Contributions, edited by Mehran Kamrava, University of California Press, April 2011, pp. 125-141.

"Cultural Encounters in French Colonial Literature", in Of Vietnam [Identities in Dialogue], edited by Jane Bradley Winston and Leakhtina Chau-Pech Ollier, Palgrave, New York, 2001.

"Belgian Symbolism and the Question of Belgian Identity", in Symbolism, Decadence and the fin de siècle, edited by Patrick McGuinness, University of Exeter Press, Exeter, 2000.

"Limites des tentatives de synthèse inter-culturelle: Les exemples de Pouvourville et Pham Quynh"  in  Littérature de la péninsule indochinoise, ed. Bernard Hue, Karthala/Aupelf: Paris, 1999.

"La géographie spirituelle de Louis Massignon: Jérusalem, Ephèse, Ise", in Louis Massignon au coeur de notre temps, ed. Jacques Keryell, Karthala: Paris, 1999.

"Souls under Glass: Poetry and Interiority in the Works of Rodenbach and Maeterlinck",  in Georges Rodenbach: Critical Essays, edited by Philip Mosley, Associated University Presses, 1996.

Published articles:

  1. "Vers une spiritualité post-moderne? Quelques éléments d'évaluation traditionnelle", Horizons Maghrébins - Le Droit à la Mémoire, "Soufisme et spiritualité en contexte de postmodernité", Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail, 27th year, N. 65/2011, January 2012, pp.57-69.
  2. "The Truth of Truths", Parabola: Where Spiritual Traditions Meet, New York, Volume 36, Number 4, "Many Paths One Truth", Winter 2011, pp.34-40.
  3. "La Dimension Spirituelle dans la Révélation", Graines de Lumière: Héritages du Cheikh al-'Alawi, Al-Bouraq, Paris, September 2010, pp.293-301.
  4. "Louis Massignon, 1883-1962", Dictionnaire des faits religieux, Presses Universitaires de France, Paris, 2010, pp.692-695.
  5. "Is Not Beauty Its Own Reward?", Parabola: Where Spiritual Traditions Meet , New York, Volume 35, Number 4, "Beauty"", Winter 2010, pp.72-79.
  6. "A Metaphysics of the Feminine and its Indian Roots: Franklin Merrell-Wolff, Bede Griffiths, and Frithjof Schuon", Studies in Comparative Religion, "Crossing Religious Frontiers", edited by Harry Oldmeadow, Bloomington, Indiana, Fall 2010, pp.103-112.
  7. "Sketching the Perennial Religion", Sophia: The Journal of Traditional Studies: Washington DC, Volume 15, number 1, Summer 2009, pp.40-58.
  8. "Imagination and the Void", Parabola: The Search for Meaning, New York, Volume 34 Number 1, "Imagination", Spring 2009, pp.12-19.
  9. "God is the Good", Parabola: The Search for Meaning, New York, Volume 33 Number 2, "God", Summer 2008, pp.8-14.
  10. "René Guénon: Traditional Sources and Contemporary Contexts", Sacred Web: A Journal of Tradition and Modernity, Vancouver, British Columbia, 21, August 2008, pp.129-149.
  11. "Laughter and the religious gap", in Risus Sacer - Sacrum Risibile - Interaktionsfelder von Sacralität und Gelächter im kulturellen und historichen Wandel, edit. Katja Gvozdeva, Werner Röcke, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Peter Lang, Bern, 2008, pp. 99-112.
  12. "Quintessential Esoterism and the Wisdom of Forms: Reflections on Frithjof Schuon’s Intellectual and Spiritual Legacy", Sacred Web: A Journal of Tradition and Modernity, Vancouver, British Columbia, 20, December 2007, pp.76-98.
  13. "L'horizon indien de trois poètes français: La Fontaine, Leconte de Lisle, Daumal", Synergies - Inde, Paris-Mumbai, number 2, 2007, pp.329-342.
  14. "New World, Old Men", Parabola: The Search for Meaning, New York, Volume 32 Number 4, "The New World", Winter 2007, pp.6-13.
  15. "Reading the Quran : The Lessons of the Ambassadors of Mystical Islam ", Sophia : The International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysical Theology and Ethics, University of Melbourne, Volume 46, Number 2, 2007, pp.147-162.
  16. "Aventures Taoistes: Pouvourville, Guénon, Grenier, Etiemble", in La rencontre des religions orientales et occidentales dans la littérature moderne, edit. Muriel Detrie, You-feng, Paris, 2007, pp.100-111.
  17. "The Mustard Seed and the Mountain: The many dimensions of faith", Parabola: The Search for Meaning, New York, Volume 32 Number 1, "Faith", Spring 2007, pp.6-13.
  18. "Voyage au lieu de tous les lieux ", Connaissance des Religions: "S'ouvrir à l'inconnu: Aspects de l'aventure spirituelle", n° 77-78, éditions Dervy, Paris, 2006, pp. 61-70.
  19. "La connaissance orientale et le féminin chez Marguerite Yourcenar ", Symposium, Syracuse, NY, Volume 60, Number 2, Summer 2006, pp.81-92..
  20. "A Blinding Proximity: Divine Presence and Human Absence", Parabola: The Search for Meaning, New York, Volume 31 Number 2, "Absence and Longing", Summer 2006, pp.6-11.
  21. "L'oecuménisme spirituel de Pierre Poiret dans La Paix des bonnes âmes", in Actes de Portland, Biblio 17: Tübingen, 166 (2006), pp.153-160.
  22. "An Eternal Perfume", Parabola: The Search for Meaning, New York, 30th Aniversary Issue, Fundamentalism: Getting Out of the Box", Winter 2005, pp.6-9.
  23. "La constellation imaginaire du Sud chez Louis Massignon", Actes du Colloque du CRI (Centre de Recherche sur l'Imaginaire): L'Imaginaire des Points Cardinaux, Imago, Paris, September 2005, pp.81-88.
  24. " Nigra sum sed formosa : Mort et vie spirituelle chez Frithjof Schuon", La Soeur de l'Ange: Revue Littéraire et Philosophique, no. 3, Paris, France, June 2005, pp. 50-61.
  25. "Singing the Sacred Way: Poetry and Shamanism", Sacred Web: A Journal of Tradition and Modernity, Vancouver, British Columbia, 13, August 2004, pp.83-111.
  26. "La dimension éliatique du message de Louis Massignon", Connaissance des Religions (Anges et esprits médiateurs), n.71-72, January-June 2004, pp.211-220.
  27. "Gnose, temps et espace chez Fénelon", in Fénelon Mystique et Politique (1699-1999), F.-X. Cuche et J. Le Brun, Honoré Champion: Paris, 2004, pp.163-170.
  28. "Présence et vérité: l' héritage spirituel chez Massignon et Schuon", Connaissance des Religions (Vivre et Transmettre la Tradition), n.69-70, July-December 2003, pp.163-172.
  29. "One for All, All for One: The Individual and the Community in Traditional and Modern Contexts", Sacred Web: A Journal of Tradition and Modernity, Vancouver, British Columbia, 11, August 2003, pp.27-45.
  30. "Seyyed Hossein Nasr in the Context of the Perennialist School”, Beacon of Knowledge: Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Fons Vitae: Louisville, 2003, pp.245-260.
  31. " 'Mortels qui des mortels…': Remarques sur un sonnet de Jean de Sponde", Language and Style, New York, Volume 25, No. 1, 2002-3.
  32. "Malamiyyah Psycho-Spiritual Therapy", Sufi, London (UK), issue 54, Summer 2002, pp.30-39.
  33. "L'intelligence contemplative et l'expérience du temps et de l'espace dans la mystique de pur amour et de simple regard", Littératures classiques, n.39, Spring 2000, pp.349-361.
  34. "Fénelon vu par madame Guyon: une dialectique mystique du masculin et du féminin", Cahiers du dix-septième, Athens, GA, vol. VII, n.2, Fall 2000, pp.43-56.
  35. "Humour, rire et sainte folie: à propos de Mâyâ et du principe démiurgique", Connaissance des Religions (Cosmologie et Image du Monde), n.60, 2000, pp.10-46.
  36. "On Frithjof Schuon's view of Esoterism", Sacred Web: A Journal of Tradition and Modernity, Vancouver, British Columbia, 4, December 1999, pp.57-65.
  37. Guyon, Jeanne-Marie Bouvier de la Mothe, dame (1648-1717)", The Feminist Encyclopedia of French Literature,  Eva Martin Satori, Editor-in-Chief, Westport, Connecticut, 1999, pp.247-9.
  38. "Humor, Laughter, Trickster and the Ambiguity of Mâyâ", Sophia: The Journal of Traditional Studies, Washington DC, Volume 4, number 2, Winter 1998, pp.142-169.
  39. "Louis Massignon's Axial and Jacques Berque's Dialectical Islam: Two French Perspectives", Arab Studies Journal, Washington, Vol. VI n.2 & Vol. VII n.1, Fall 98-Spring 99, pp.72-80.
  40. "La Jérusalem axiale de Louis Massignon", Jusoor: the Arab American Journal of Cultural Exchange, 9/10, 1997-1998, pp.229-243.
  41. "Cioran lecteur de Joseph de Maistre", Colophon, Washington, n.2, 1997, pp.71-77.
  42. "Malaval et la vision de l'esprit", Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature(Biblio 17), Tübingen, no. 101, 1997, pp.283-290.
  43. " 'Comme une émeraude est verte.' Sur le concept de 'personne impersonnelle' chez Simone Weil", Revue des sciences philosophiques et théologiques, Paris, Tome 80, n.4, October 1996, pp.569-587.
  44. "Malaval et l'esprit de la contemplation", Connaissance des Religions, no.45-46, January-June 1996, pp.61-73.
  45. "On the Foundations and Norms of Poetry", Sophia: The Journal of Traditional Studies: Washington DC, Volume 2, number 2, Winter 1996, pp.31-45.
  46. "Une tentative de réduction du phénomène religieux: la pensée de René Girard", Connaissance des Religions, n.43-44, July-December 1995, pp.81-92.
  47. "La République irréelle: une relecture d'Augustin Cochin", Catholica: Paris, no. 51, Spring 1995, pp.32-46.
  48. "De la mort comme 'grâce naturelle' chez Pierre Nicole", PFSCL, Tübingen, 1995.
  49. "Les leçons de l'amour-propre chez Pierre Nicole", Revue des sciences philosophiques et théologiques: Paris, tome 78, n.2, avril 1994, pp. 241-70.
  50. "L'ontologie mystique des fins dernières chez Madame Guyon", Revue théologique de Louvain: Louvain-la- neuve, 25e année, 1994, fasc. 2, pp.183-98.
  51. "L'esthétique de Baudelaire: entre l'Un et le Multiple", Symposium: Syracuse, vol. XLVIII, number 1, Spring 94, pp.37-50.
  52. "François Bernier face à l'Inde: réflexions sur la 'Lettre à M. Chapelain' de 1668.", Francographies: New York, No Spécial I, 1993.
  53. "Terme, symbole et signification chez Madame Guyon et Fénelon", Cahiers de l'Institut de Linguistique de Louvain, Printemps 1993.
  54. "Drieu la Rochelle et la métaphysique orientale: une rencontre équivoque", Australian Journal of French Studies, Volume XXVII, number 3, 1990 (published in the Summer of 1992), pp. 254-69.
  55. "Ames sous verre: poésie et intériorité chez Rodenbach et Maeterlinck", Les Lettres Romanes, Louvain, Automne 1992, no. 3.
  56. "Dandysme et Mysticisme: de la subversion et de la conformité", Symposium, Syracuse, Vol. XLV, no 1, Spring 1991,
  57. "Morsure et remords chez Baudelaire", Neophilologus, Amsterdam, Vol. LXXV, no 3, July 1991, pp.346-357.
  58. "Sur l'imaginaire métaphysique du paysage chez Lamartine", Romance Notes, Chapel Hill, 1991, pp.67-77.
  59. "Le Poète à sa fenêtre: dualisme et errance métaphysique dans la poésie française du dix-neuvième siècle", Nineteenth-Century French Studies, 3/4, Spring/Summer 1991, pp. 354-68.
  60. "Perspectives on Subjectivity and the Ego in Seventeen- Century French Thought", Papers on French Seventeenth- Century Literature, Tübingen, 1990, vol. XVI, no 33, pp. 531-46.
  61. "Ordre du logos et désordre du monde dans les Caractères de La Bruyère", Dix-Septième Siècle, Paris, Summer 1989,  pp. 227-34.
  62. "L'imagination matérielle de l'eau dans la poésie de Georges Rodenbach", Bulletin de la Société des ProfesseursFrançais et Francophones en Amérique, New York, 1988-9, pp. 81-90.
  63. "Les Odelettes d'Henri de Régnier: une esthétique de l'allusion", Les Lettres Romanes, Louvain, tome XLII, no 1-2, 1988, pp. 73-84.
  64. "Structures de réduction dans les Fables de La Fontaine", Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature, Tübingen, vol. XIV, no. 26, 1987, pp.217-32.
  65. "Rodenbach et Mallarmé: le miroir, la profondeur et le sens", Romance Notes, Chapel Hill, Spring 1987, pp. 223-30.
  66. "L'imagination du symbole dans 'l'Aquarium mental' de Georges Rodenbach", Studia Neophilologica, Stockholm, vol. 2, no 58, 1986, pp. 251-65.
  67. "Les rondeaux de Voiture: Figures poétiques du badinage précieux", Cincinnati Romance Review, vol. V, 1986, pp.78-90.
  68. "Le pittoresque colonial dans la poésie française d'In dochine",French Literature Series, (vol. 13) Columbia, S.C., 1986, pp.135-43.
  69. "La métamorphose dans les Fables de La Fontaine", Dix- Septième Siècle, Paris, Winter 1986, pp. 370-81.
  70. "La Bruyère et l'ambiguïté de la Nature", Papers on French Seventeenth Literature, Tübingen, vol. XII, no. 23, 1985, pp. 651-65.
Reviews:

The Taste of Hidden Things, Sara Sviri, 1997,Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Volume 12, Number 3, July 2001, pp.385-6.

La Paix des bonnes âmes, Pierre Poiret, Droz, 1998, Connaissance des Religions, n.55-56, Juillet-Décembre 1998, pp.213-6.

Les trois prières d'Abraham, Louis Massignon, Cerf, 1997, Connaissance des Religions, n.55-56, Juillet-Décembre 1998, pp.236-8.

The Exotic: A Decadent Quest, Dorothy Figueira, SUNY Press, 1994, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Volume 24, Numbers 3&4, Spring-Summer 1996, pp. 462-3.

La Belle ténèbre, F. Malaval, edit. M.L. Gondal, Papers in French Seventeenth-Century Literature

An Anthology of Belgian Symbolist Poets, Donald F. Friedman, Garland, New York, 1992, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Fredonia (New York), Volume 21, numbers 1&2, Fall-Winter, 1992-3, pp.198-9.


Translations:


La connaissance et le sacré (Knowledge and the Sacred), Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Genève: L'Age d'Homme, 1999, 350p.

L'Ame indienne (The Indian Soul), Charles Eastman, translation in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Lafouge, Paris: Dervy-Livres (Magnard), 1992, 120 p.

Echos spirituel du Japon (Echoes of Japan), Hari Prasad Shastri, Paris: Dervy-Livres, 1984, 117 p.


Poetry:

Nuits bleues et matins d'or, Editions Caractères: Paris, 1996.


GRANTS:
  •  "Poetry and Contemplation", Contemplative Practice Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, (June 1999)
  •  "Jansenism and Politics", Bourse Marandon (SPFFA), (June 1994)
  •  "French Literature of Indochina: Paradigm Shifts", American Philosophical Society, Research Grant; (January 1996)
  •  "Vietnamese Francophone Literature", Bourse Marandon (Marandon Grant), research travel to Hanoi (May 1996)


    Other educational experience:

    • Mellon Seminar, History Department, Dr. James Collins' "Digne de foi", Guest Scholar, July 1998
    • NEH Summer Seminar, "History of Modern Moral Philosophy", J.B. Schneewind, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Summer 1992.
    • Georgetown Seminar on Writing, Georgetown University, May 1992.


LECTURES and CONFERENCES:
  1. "Rida' as a Door of Mercy", Inaugural Lecture of the Wake Mohammad Dimashkieh Cultural Center, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, January 2012.
  2. "Religion and Intercivilizational Dialogue", 4th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Forum, Doha, Qatar, December 2011.
  3. "The Notion of Metaphysical Relativity in Mysticism", International Conference 'Mysticism Without Bounds', Christ University, Bangalore, India, January 2011.
  4. "Sufi Metaphysics and Psychology", International Symposium on Sufism and Psychology, Australian Centre for Sufism, Sydney, Australia, December 2010.
  5. The Role of the Perennialist School in the Encounter of East and West", The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities, International Academic Forum, Osaka, Japan, June 2010.
  6. "Spiritualité et Révélation", International Conference "Semer l'Espoir" Centennial of the Tariqah 'Alawiyah, Mostaghanem, Algeria, July 2009.
  7. "Contributions à une métaphysique du féminin: Merrell-Wolff, Bede Griffith et Frithjof Schuon ", Colloque International "Femmes et Spiritualité", Aix-en-Provence, France, June 2009.
  8. "India and Divine Femininity in the works of Marguerite Yourcenar and Jean Biès", Comparative Literature Association of India, Ninth Biennial International Conference, Hyderabad, India, January 2009.
  9. "Muslim Minority Status as Spiritual Opportunity", International Conference of Islamic Scholars, Nahdat al-Ulama, Jakarta, Indonesia, July 2008.
  10. "Sufi Poetry: Innovation and Tradition", Conference "Innovation in Islam", Center for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Doha, Qatar, April 2008.
  11. "Comparative Issues in Mystical Literature", Symposium "Crossing the Literary Divide: English-Arabic Comparative Literature", Qatar University, Doha, Qatar, March 2008.
  12. "The Role of Poetry in Expressing the Divine Presence", International Symposium on Rumi and the Perfume of Divine Love, Australian Centre for Sufism, Sydney, Australia, December 2007.
  13. "The Ambassadors of Islamic Spirituality and the Encounter of Religions", Monthly Dialogue Series, Center for International and Regional Studies, SFSQ, Doha, Qatar, November 2007.
  14. " L'islam spirituel dans la pensée française du XXème siècle," French Cultural Center, Doha, May 2007.
  15. " Jalons dans l'évolution de l'image de l'Inde dans la poésie française. " IVeme Congrès International de l'AITF, Pondichery, India, February 2007.
  16. "L'islam d'Isabelle Eberhardt", Colloquium on Francophone and Caribbean Studies, American University, Washington DC, April 2006.
  17. "Advaita and the Encounter of Religions", John Main Center for Meditation and Inter-Religious Dialogue, Georgetown University, January 2006.
  18. "La constellation imaginaire du Sud chez Louis Massignon," International Colloquium of the Centre de Recherches sur l'Imaginaire, University of Grenoble-Stendhal, June 2004.
  19. "L'oecuménisme spirituel de Pierre Poiret," 36th Annual Conference of the North American Societry for Seventeenth-Century French Literature, Portland State University, May 2004.
  20. "Aventures taoistes au XXe siècles: Matgioi, Guénon, Grenier, Etiemble," Colloque international "La rencontre entre les religions d'Orient et d'Occident dans la littérature moderne," Université de Sorbonne-Paris IV et Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III, Paris, February 2003.
  21. "La fonction éliatique dans l'oeuvre de Louis Massignon", Présence de Louis Massignon, Revues parlées, Centre Pompidou, Paris, January 2003.
  22. “Daoist Wanderings in Twentieth-Century France," McKenna Symposium on Eastern Religions and the West, Theology Department, Georgetown University, Washington DC, October 2002.
  23. "Seyyed Hossein Nasr in the Context of the Perennialist School”, Beacon of Knowledge: Conference in Honor of Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr, The George Washington University, November 2001.
  24. “The Indian Mâyâ as an epistemological key to the Dialogue among Civilizations: The Sample Cases of Jeanne Guyon and Niffari”, The 20th Annual SSIP/SAGP/ISNS/ACPA International Conference on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy and Dialogue Among Civilizations, Binghamton, New York, October 2001.
  25. “Frithjof Schuon et l’ésotérisme chrétien”, Conference on Esoterism, Centre Notre Dame de Temniac, Sarlat, France, May 2001.
  26. "Gnose, temps et espace chez Fénelon", Colloque international Fénelon, Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, November 1999.
  27. "Language and Culture in French Indochina: Pham Quynh's Doctrine of Manipulation of Constraints", 37th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Conference/Association for Asian Studies, University of Virginia, January 1998.
  28. "Géographie sacrée et espace oecuménique chez Louis Massignon: Jérusalem, Ephèse, Isé," International Conference Louis Massignon: The Vocation of a Scholar , University of Notre Dame, October 1997.
  29. "The Limits of Cross-Cultural Fertilization in Colonial Context: the examples of Pham Quynh and Albert de Pouvourville", Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, April 1997
  30. "Identité et mémoire dans La Vocation de Georges Rodenbach", Modern Language Association, Washington DC, December 1996
  31.  "Cioran lecteur de Maistre", Congrs Mondial du Conseil International d'etudes Francophones, Toulouse, June 1996
  32.  "Malaval et la vision de l'Esprit", NASSCFL, Austin, University of Texas, April 1996
  33. Organization of the session "The Perennialist School and the Arts" and reading of paper "What is Poetry? A Traditional Answer", Atlanta, October 1995
  34. "Narration, fiction et leçon morale dans "Du Vin et du Haschich" de Baudelaire", invited paper, E.CRI.RE seminar, Université de Grenoble-Stendhal III, November 20, 1995
  35. "Malaval et la vision de l'esprit", North American Society for Seventeenth Century French Literature University of Texas, April 1996.
  36. "Fénelon vu par Madame Guyon," Eleventh Annual Conference of the Southeast American Society For French Seventeenth-Century Studies, University of Georgia, Athens, October 16, 1993.
  37. "De la mort comme 'grâce naturelle' chez Pierre Nicole", 25th Annual Conference of the North American Society for Seventeenth Century French Literature, University of Kentucky, Lexington, March 25-27, 1993.
  38. "L'Esthétique baudelairienne: entre l'Un et le Multiple", French/Francophone Literature and the Other Arts, Bryn Mawr & Haverford Colleges, March 18-20, 1993.
  39. "François Bernier face à l'Inde du XVIIème siècle", Colloque Création et Réalité Francophone de la Société des Professeurs Français et Francophone en Amérique, Fordham University, New York, March 1992.
  40. "L'imaginaire métaphysique du paysage chez Lamartine", Bicentenaire de la naissance de Lamartine, Colloque de la Société des Etudes Romantiques et Dix-neuvièmistes, Paris, Sorbonne, April 1990.
  41. "Morsure et remords chez Baudelaire", Rocky Mountains MLA, Las Vegas, October 1989.
  42. "Exotisme indochinois et poésie", Congrès mondial du Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones, New Orleans, April 1989.
  43. "Aspects du Symbolisme belge", Chair and organizer, Congrès du CIEF, New Orleans, April 1989.
  44. "L'imagination matérielle de l'eau dans l'oeuvre de Georges Rodenbach", Congrès mondial du CIEF, Montréal, April 1988
  45. "Perspectives on Subjectivity and the Ego in XVIIth Century France", Modern Languages Lecture Series, Marquette University, November 1988.
  46. "Symbols of Annulment in Rodenbach's Poetry", Conference on Literature and Film, West Virginia University, Morgantown, November 1987.
  47. "Ames sous verre: Poésie et Intériorité chez Rodenbach et Maeterlinck", Conference in Romance Literature, Cincinnati, May 1987.
  48. "Literature and Philosophy", Chair and organizer, Conference in Romance Literatures, Cincinnati, May 1986.
  49. "L'ambiguïté de la dialectique objet-sujet dans les Dialogues posthumes de La Bruyère", Conference in Romance Literatures, Cincinnati, May 1986.
  50. "The Critique of the Western World in the French Novel of Indochina", Comparative Literature Symposium, Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 1986.
  51. "Unite dyonisiaque et reduction des differences dans les Chansons des Rues et des Bois de Hugo", Centennaire Victor Hugo, Bloomington, Indiana, October 1985."Unité dyonisiaque et réduction des différences dans
  52. "Les rondeaux de Voiture: figures poétiques du badinage précieux", Conference in Romance Literatures, Cincinnati, May 1985.
  53. "Le pittoresque colonial dans la poésie française d'In dochine", French literature and exoticism, Columbia, South Carolina, March 1985.
Service and academic activities at Georgetown University:
  • Teaching Assistants Committee, School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Georgetown University, 2010-11
  • Merit Evaluation Committee, Chair, School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Georgetown University, 2010-11
  • Election Committee, Chair, School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Georgetown University, 2011-12
  • Faculty Steering Committee, School of Foreign Serrvice in Qatar, Georgetown University, 2008-9
  • Chair, Certificate in Arab and Regional Studies Committee, School of Foreign Serrvice in Qatar, Georgetown University, 2007-8
  • Chair, Faculty Lecture Committe, School of Foreign Serrvice in Qatar, Georgetown University, 2006-8
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, French Department (2004-6)
  • Acting Chair, Arabic Department (2000-2002)
  • FLL Faculty Development Committee (1997-9), Chair (1999-2000)
  • Steering Committee on Comparative Literature Program, Chair (FLL/College, 1995)
  • Admissions Committee (School of Languages and Linguistics, 1993-4, 1997-9)
  • Executive Faculty (2000-1)
  • College Executive Council (2000-1)
  • Curriculum Development (New courses: "Images and Readings of ASia in French Literature" --French 391--, "Islam and France" --French 392--, "Christian Paths in French Literature" --French 469--, "Intro. to Sufi Literature: Love and Knowledge" --Arabic-- "Introduction to Mystical Literature" --Comparative LIterature-- "Crossing Religious Boundaries" --Catholic Studies)
  • French Dept. Sub-committee on First Year Placement Test Recording (Oral Part of First Year Placement Test) (Sum. 92)
  • Curriculum Committee (Department of French, Fall 1992)
  • Search Committee, Chair (Department of French, 1992-94, 1996-7)
  • Merit Evaluation Committee (Department of French, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2003)
  • Senior Thesis Advisor (Sari Kawana: Literary Exchanges Between France and Japan, 1996, Rifat Yalman, Amour de Dieu et raison: Pascal/D'Holbach, 1999, Angela Tordesillas, La Femme Exotique, 2001, Jennifer Kim, Le Mythe de Pygmalion au XIXeme siècle, 2003, Jason Steffen, Henri Le Saux, René Guénon et l'Inde, 2004, Katherine Anderson, Fabienne Verdier, la calligraphie et le Taoïsme, 2005)
  • Policy Council, Member, National Resource Center on the Middle East, Georgetown University (2000-2)
  • National Resource Center on the Middle East, Workshop Organizer and Moderator, "Language and Mysticism in the Abrahamic World", March 18, 2002
  • Faculty Contact and Organizer, Language(s) Sacred and Profane Series, FLL, 2002-3.
  • Organizer, Colloquium on The Bible and the Qur'ân, Georgetown University, March 2003.
  • Departmental Web Site Maintenance, Arabic Department, 2002-3.
  • Graduate Written Proficiency Examination (MAGES Program), 2002-3.

Service to the academic community (since 1991)

  • Board of Advisors, Dilatato Corde, Dialogue Interreligieux Monastique / Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (DIMMID) , 2010-
  • Editor-in-Chief, Religions/Adyan, A Scholarly Journal Published by the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue, 2008-11.
  • Academic Board Member, IRIS, Journal of the Centre de Recherches sur l'Imaginaire, University of Grenoble, France.
  • Commencement Address, Trinity School at Meadow View, Falls Church, Virginia, June 2003.
  • Reader and Committee Member for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, "Literature, Science and the Absolute: Julia Kristeva and Gaston Bachelard", Gina Crocenzi, The Catholic University of America, November 2002.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Connaissance des Religions, a interdisciplinary journal in spirituality, metaphysics and theology, Paris, since 1995.
  • External Evaluation Committe (Evaluation of the Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures) for the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Howard University, May 1995.
  • Outside Evaluator for Committees on Promotion and Tenure (College of Arts and Sciences, Dept. of French and Italian, Indiana University, 1990; Dept. of Foreign Languages, Marquette University, 1992; Dept. of Romance Languages, Colgate University, 1995; Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Oklahoma State University, 2003)
  • Organizer of the session "L'Orient des écrivains" at the Colloque Création et Réalité Francophone de la Société des Professeurs Francais et Francophones en Amérique, Fordham University, New York, March 1992.
  • U.S. Correspondent to Textyles, Brussels, a Journal in Belgian Francophone Literature, 1988-1992.
  • Referee for Rocky Mountain Review, Boise, Idaho, 1992.

    INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS:
    • Georgetown in Tours, Instructor, Summer 2002.
    • Georgetown in Tours, Director, Summer 1995, 1996, and 1997;
    • Institut d'Etudes Françaises d'Avignon (Bryn Mawr College), Course instruction: "La Provence: Civilisation et Culture", Summer 1994;
    • Texas A&M Summer Program "Aggies in France", Director, Montpellier, Summmer 1988 and Summer 1990;