Herbert E. Anderson, School of Theololgy and Ministry, Seattle University, Seattle, WA
Herbert Anderson, Ph.D., is Visiting Professor, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley and Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. The author of many works, he was recently a Visiting Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Yale University Divinity School. Dr. Anderson founded and directed the Summer Institutes on Spirituality, Death, and Care in 2004. These multi-day programs have been held bi-yearly at Seattle University for end-of-life caregivers through 2008.
Greg Bennick, Co-Founder, The World Leaders Project
Greg Bennick, holds a B.F.A. from the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. He is Co-Producer and Co-Writer for the documentary film, Flight From Death: The Quest for Immortality. Greg is the co-founder of The World Leaders Project, a multi-year initiative to discuss issues related to the psychology of human violence face-to-face with world leaders, an initiative that led to a meeting with the President of Guyana. A professional speaker, performer and punk rock singer, Greg resides on the world wide web at www.gregbennick.com.
Ralph Crawshaw, M.D., American Health Decisions, Portland, OR
Ralph Crawshaw has been on the Ernest Becker Foundation advisory board since its inception. A psychiatrist with patient-oriented medical politics as his unique subspecialty, Ralph is the "compleat physician" concerned with the health of the whole person and the whole community.
James W. Green, Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Washinton, Seattle, WA
James W. Green, Ph.D., is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington. His research interests are in comparative religion, phenomenology of religious experience, death, Islam, Pakistan, and the West Indies. He is a pioneer in teaching the comparative study of death, and offers a very popular course basically for senior undergraduates on death analyzed from a cross-cultural perspective.
Glenn Hughes, Ph.D., Philosophy, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX
Glenn "Chip" Hughes, Professor of Philosophy, degrees in philosophy and history. His doctoral studies were completed at Boston College. His research interests are Bernard Lonergan and Eric Voegelin. Dr. Hughes teaches philosophy of religion and 19th century philosophy. He received the St. Mary's Distinguished Faculty Award in 1995. He is author of numerous articles and Mystery and Myth in the Philosophy of Eric Voegelin (University of Missouri Press, 1993) and editor of The Polics of the Soul (Rowman, 1999) His most recent book is Transcendence and History: The Search for Ultimacy from Ancient Societies to Postmodernity. Glenn Hughes. University of Missouri Press, 2003 His lecture on Becker and Socrates - "The Denial of Death and the Practice of Dying" (or: "Tasting Death") is posted under lectures at this site.
Sam Keen, Ph.D., Philosopher and Writer, Sonoma, CA
Sam Keen has a very large presence in the internet; he is a justly famous public intellectual. His relation to Ernest Becker? Google the combination of both names and you will be given 50,000 references! His hospital interview of Becker in December of 1973 was but a few months before Becker died. A condensed version was published in Psychology Today and we have an audio tape and a CD of that as well as the print article. In addition Sam was kind enough to make available the 40 page transcript of that entire daylong conversation. All of these materials are available to the EBF constituency. In the 1997 printing of Denial of Death Sam has written a magnificent new Foreword. The interview was the only face-to-face contact ever between Becker and Keen; to appreciate the effect of that meeting on Sam Keen all of the above testify of course but the crowning picture is in the outtakes of the Flight From Death film in which we see the emotional impact 30 years later of that memory flooding in on him.
Carrie Kramlich, J.D., Sonoma, CA
Carrie Kramlich received her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law. She practiced law in Denver, Colorado, served as President of the Lower Downtown Denver Historic District and as a Commissioner of the Denver Urban Renewal District. She currently lives in Sonoma, California where she is active in real estate development and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.
David Loy, Besl Professor of Religion and Ethics, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
Professor David Loy is an American teaching philosophy on the faculty of International Studies of Bunkyo University in Japan. A prolific writer, his scholarship is of late strongly informed by Buddhism and Becker. Loy is an important contributor to the EBF e-mail discussion list.
Merlyn Mowrey, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Central Michigan University
Merlyn Mowrey holds a Ph.D. from Temple University. She has been at Central Michigan University since 1988, teaching courses in social ethics and religion and culture, dealing with topics such as death and dying, religious violence, race and discrimination, gender and patriarchy. Her essay, "Death Anxiety and Religious Mystification in the Thought of Ernest Becker: A Feminist Reconsideration" appears in Death and Denial, edited by Dan Liechty.
Sheldon Solomon, Professor of Psychology and the Courtney and Steven Ross Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Skidmore College
Sheldon Solomon, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and the Courtney and Steven Ross Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Skidmore College in upstate New York. He provides a comprehensive, accessible, and amazingly humorous overview of the ideas of Ernest Becker. His engaging wit and style have endeared him to students and audiences throughout the world, making him our most popular speaker. The trio of experimental social psychologists, Solomon, Jeff Greenberg and Tom PyszczynskI, developed Terror Management Theory (TMT) in 1980, to explore how the threat of death, conscious and unconscious, motivates human denial and behavior. Using modern social scientific methods they are testing and substantiating Becker's theories, heretofore assumed to be untestable. Their 2003 book, In the Wake of 9/11: The Psychology of Terror, uses TMT to analyze the roots of terrorism.