LIMITS OF PERFORMANCE

PROGRAM OF THE SYMPOSIUM


Symposium Introduction || Participant Biographies

All events listed below will be held in the Arillaga Family Sports Center, located between Maples Pavilion and Taube Tennis Stadium on Campus Drive. Please see the Searchable Campus Map for directions. All events are free and open to the public.


Panel I: Concept of Performance
Friday, May 7th, 7:00-10:30 p.m.

MODERATOR:
Brian Hoffman

SPEAKERS:
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

"Criteria/Conditions for Optimal Development"
George Plimpton
"The X Factor"
Congressman Jim Ryun
"Running Towards the Goal"
Norman Shumway
"Highlights in Thoracic Transplantation at Stanford"

PANELISTS:
Bobby Clark
Kerri Strug

Having become one of the most frequently and most universally used words in present-day culture, "performance" adopts different meanings and usage in different academic disciplines, in different everyday situations, and from different observer perspectives. We all speak about performance -- but we may be quite confused about what we can mean when we do so. In this session the sociological / psychological notions of "performance" will be compared to the meaning of "performance" from a medical point of view; these different academic usages of the word will be compared to the (remembered) performance-experience of a world-class athlete and to that of a sports-observer.

Presentations by invited speakers will be followed by a moderated debate, after which the discussion will be opened to audience participation.

Panel II: Acts of Performance
Saturday, May 8th, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

MODERATOR:
Rick Schavone

SPEAKERS:
Laurence Dreyfus

"Playing Without a Score?: On the Athletic Dimension in Musical Performance"
Franz Grehn
"Potential and Limits of Eye Guided Performance"
Martin Seel
"A Celebration of Incompetence. Some Parallels between Athletic and Artistic Performance"

PANELISTS:
Debbie Thomas
Troy Walters

Is it possible to be in control of one's performance while it occurs? How can one describe the interplay between physical and mental behavior in individual acts of performance? Under which conditions do we judge different acts of performance as "successful, "happy," "beautiful," or, in contrast, as "failed," "unhappy," "repulsive" etc.? Why do we never talk about the physical aspects of performing classical music? Why are the mental / psychic aspects of performance marginalized in the images of certain sports? How does one experience the limits of performance while performing? When do individual acts of performance go "beyond belief"?

Presentations by invited speakers will be followed by a moderated debate, after which the discussion will be opened to audience participation.

Panel III: Conditions of Performance
Saturday, May 8th, 2:00-6:00 p.m.

MODERATOR:
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

SPEAKERS:
Herbert Blau

"Rehearsing the Impossible: The Insane Root"
Harry Edwards
"Cultural Implications of the Focus on Athletics"
Tim Noakes
"Physiologicial Limits to Human Exercise Capacity -- Heart, Muscle, or Soul?"
George Poste
"Implications in the Advances of Genetics: Endowment, Enhancement, Eugenics"

PANELISTS:
Ted Leland
Mike Montgomery
Erin Sones
Bill Walsh

How do genetic predisposition and active conditioning work together in preparing / producing performance? Do our cultures predispose us for certain types of performance (why are there no white receivers and so few black swimmers?) What are the differences between rehearsing a play in sports and rehearsing a play for the stage? Up to which extent can conditioning guarantee successful performance? Can conditioning push the limits of (potential) performance too far?

Presentations by invited speakers will be followed by a moderated debate, after which the discussion will be opened to audience participation.

For more information on the symposium, call (650) 723-7532. These events are free and open to the public.



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