Prof. Dr. Martin Nowak

Prof. Dr. Martin Nowak is Professor of Mathematics and Biology, Director of the Program in Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University. Prof. Nowak works on the mathematical description of evolutionary processes, including the evolution of cooperation and human language, as well as the dynamics of virus infections and human cancer. His major scientific contributions and discoveries include: the mechanism of HIV disease progression; the rapid turnover and evolution of drug resistance in HIV infection; quantifying the dynamics of HBV infection; the evolution of virulence under superinfection and coinfection; the role of chromosomal instability in human cancer; quantifying the dynamics of chronic myeloid leukemia; the accumulation of drivers and passengers in cancer progression; the evolution of drug resistance in targeted cancer therapy; the mechanisms for the evolution of genetic redundancy; “generous tit-for-tat” and “win-stay, lose-shift”; the alternating Prisoner’s Dilemma; the evolution of cooperation by indirect reciprocity; spatial game dynamics; adaptive dynamics; evolutionary game dynamics in finite populations; evolutionary graph theory; the five mechanisms for the evolution of cooperation; the evolution of eusociality by natural selection; a mathematical approach for studying the evolution of human language; the dynamics of language regularization; culturomics; “winners don’t punish”; prelife; and the origin of evolution.


As the 2018 Salzburg Institute Visiting Scholar Prof. Nowak will give two lectures as part of the University of Salzburg’s Salzburger Hochschulwochen Lecture Series. For a detailed program of the Salzburger Hochschulwochen lecture series visit their website. For more information on Prof. Nowak’s scholarship, see his Harvard University website.




Prof. Dr. Yaakov Ariel
Prof. Dr. Ariel is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he directs the Minor in Christianity and Culture. He is also Co-Director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. His research interests include Christian-Jewish relations in the modern era missions and conversions; Protestants and Jews; Jewish renewal; the Jewish Reform Movement; Jewish new religious movements and Christianity and Israel.


Dr. Ariel’s research has focused on Protestantism, especially Evangelical Christianity, and its attitudes towards the Jewish people and the Holy Land; on Christian-Jewish relations in the late modern era; and on the Jewish reaction to modernity and postmodernity. Dr. Ariel has published numerous articles and three books on these subjects. Evangelizing the Chosen People, was awarded the Albert C. Outler prize by the American Society of Church History. An Unusual Relationship: Evangelical Christians and Jews, was published in 2013 by New York University Press. For more information on Prof. Ariel click here.




Prof. Dr. Russell Berman
Prof. Berman is the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University. He is also a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.


A past president of the Modern Language Association, Prof. Berman teaches German and comparative literature at Stanford University and directs Stanford’s German Studies program. In 1997 he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz of the Federal Republic of Germany. Prof. Berman is the editor of the journal Telos, one of the leading intellectual journals in the US. Telos has featured essays by Jean-François Lyotard,  Jürgen Habermas, Paul Feyerabend, and many other leading public intellectuals.


Prof. Berman’s most recent book publications include Freedom or Terror : Europe Faces Jihad (Stanford Calif.: Hoover Institution Press, Stanford University, 2010), Fiction Sets You Free: Literature, Liberty, and Western Culture (Iowa City: University Of Iowa Press, 2007), and Anti-Americanism in Europe: A Cultural Problem (Stanford Calif.: Hoover Institution Press, Stanford University 2004).





Prof. Dr. Mark Roche
Dr. Roche is the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Professor of German Language and Literature and Concurrent Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.


At the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Roche teaches courses in German language, literature, and culture; in intellectual history; in philosophy; and in film. He also offers integrative courses, such as the College Seminar, which addresses great questions and draws on the arts, humanities, and social sciences. In 2006, Roche received a Kaneb Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.


His publications have been in literature, philosophy, film, and higher education. Roche is the author of seven books. His two most recent are Why Choose the Liberal Arts? (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010), which received the 2012 Frederic W. Ness Book Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and Why Literature Matters in the 21st Century (Yale University Press, 2004), which was chosen as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine.





Prof. Dr. phil. Jens Zimmermann, Ph.D.
Dr. Jens Zimmermann is Professor of English and Modern Languages and Canada Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion and Culture at Trinity Western University in Canada. In 2012 he became the Salzburg Institute Scholar-in-Residence.


Born and raised in Germany, Jens Zimmermann immigrated to Canada after completing two years of studying clarinette at the Robert Schumann Institute in Düsseldorf, Germany, to major in English and Comparative Literature at the University of British Columbia. He graduated with a B.A. in English, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 1997. In 2010, Dr. Zimmermann received another Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Mainz in Germany.


Dr. Dr. Zimmermann is a professor of English and Canada Research Chair in Religion, Interpretation, and Culture at Trinity Western University. He is the author of Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction (2015),  Recovering Theological Hermeneutics: An Incarnational-Trinitarian Theory of Interpretation (2004) and Theologische Hermeneutik (2008); co-author of The Passionate Intellect: Incarnational Humanism and the Future of University Education (2006); co-editor of Reimagining the Sacred (2015); Humanism and Religion: A Call for the Renewal of Western Culture (2012); and co-editor of Bonhoeffer and Continental Thought: Cruciform Philosophy (2009). His articles have appeared in journals such as Christianity and Literature, the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, the Journal of Beliefs and Values: Studies in Religion and Education, the Journal for Hermeneutics and Postmodern Thought, and Philosophy Today. With Dr. Armin Eidherr and Dr. Gregor Thuswaldner he edits the Salzburg Institute’s Symphilologus book series.