Joseph Campbell Foundation

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Joseph Campbell Foundation
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Founded 1991
Founder(s) Jean Erdman Campbell and Robert Walter
Headquarters
  • Kentfield, California
Key people Robert Walter, co-founder and president
Jean Erdman, co-founder and president emeritus
David Kudler, publications
Stephen Gerringer, community
Area served Global
Focus(es) Education, Mythology
Motto A network of information; a community of individuals
Website www.jcf.org

The Joseph Campbell Foundation is a US not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserve, protect and perpetuate the work of influential American mythologist Joseph Campbell (1904–1987). It fosters academic and popular discussion in the fields of comparative mythology and religion, psychology and culture through its publishing program, events, local groups (Mythological RoundTable(R) groups) and its internet presence.[1]

The foundation was created in 1991 by Campbell's widow, choreographer Jean Erdman, and by his longtime editor Robert Walter, who continues to this day as the foundation's president.[2]

Among the initiatives undertaken by the JCF are:

  • The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell, a series of books and recordings (both previously released and posthumous) that pulls together Campbell's myriad-minded work[3]
  • the Erdman Campbell Award[4][5][6]
  • the Mythological RoundTable(R) groups, a global network of local groups that explore the subjects of comparative mythology, psychology, religion and culture[7][8]
  • the collection of Campbell's personal library and papers housed at the OPUS Archives and Research Center (see below).[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The Joseph Campbell Foundation Website
  2. ^ "Setting Up a Foundation of Mythic Proportions," The Washington Times, December 14, 1992.
  3. ^ "Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor (Spirituality)," National Catholic Register, December 7, 2001
  4. ^ "Scholar Followed His Bliss in Myth," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 2, 2004.
  5. ^ [The Erdman-Campbell Prize awarded by the Joseph Campbell Foundation The Erdman-Campbell Prize awarded by the Joseph Campbell Foundation (Mythic Imagination Institute website)]
  6. ^ Leah Garchick, The San Francisco Chronicle, April 28, 2006
  7. ^ "Area Mythological RoundTable," Polk County News-Journal (North Carolina), April 1, 2009
  8. ^ As of July 1, 2010, the JCF website shows 65 active groups on five continents.
  9. ^ "A Legend in His Own Right A library in Carpinteria is devoted to the legacy of Joseph Campbell, who celebrated myth and spirituality.," The Los Angeles Times, Oct 7, 1993