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Herbert Blau

Herbert Blau is Distinguished Professor of English and Modern Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where he has also been a Senior Fellow at the Center for 20th Century Studies. For many years, too (in tandem with his teaching), he had a distinguished career in the professional theater, as co-founder and co-director of the Actor's Workshop of San Francisco--about which he wrote in The Impossible Theater: A Manifesto--and afterward as co-director of the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center in New York. His last extensive work in the theater was as artistic director of the experimental group KRAKEN, the groundwork for which was prepared at California Institute of the Arts, the conception of which he was responsible for, as its founding Provost, and Dean of the School of Theater and Dance. Starting with Take Up the Bodies: Theater at the Vanishing Point, Blau has been developing, through a series of books, a sort of subatomic physics, or ontology, of performance, initially derived from the theater work, but engaged with various aspects of modern and postmodern thought, in literature, the media, and the other arts. The most recent of his books areThe Audience and To All Appearances: Ideology and Performance, the work on appearance leading to a new book on fashion, just completed, Nothing in Itself: Complexions of Fashion. He is currently finishing another book, Sails of the Herring Fleet: Essays on Beckett.

Mihaly Csikszentimihalyi

Mihaly Csikszentimihalyi is one of the world-leading authorities on the concept and problems of performance. He is currently Professor of Human Development and Education in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago. Csikszentimihalyi's board and committee memberships include the U.S. Child Labor Advisory Committee (1988-90), Board of Advisors at Encyclopedia Britannica (1986-95), and Education Board at The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art (1996-present). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. From 1994-95, Csikszentimihalyi was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. In 1998 he was awarded Doctor of Sciences Honoris Causa. He has published over 180 scholarly articles and 13 books, including Beyond Boredom and Anxiety (1975), Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1990), and Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention (1996).

Laurence Dreyfus

Laurence Dreyfus was born in Boston and pursues a dual career as musical scholar and performer. He has published extensively on the music of J.S. Bach, including 'Bach's Continuo Group' (Harvard University Press, 1986) and 'Bach and the Patterns of Invention' (Harvard University Press, 1996), which won the Otto Kinkeldey Award from the American Musicological Society. Laurence Dreyfus has taught at Yale, Chicago and Stanford, and makes his home in London where he holds the Thurston Dart Chair of Performance Studies at King's College London and heads the Music Department. Laurence Dreyfus is the founder and director of Phantasm, a quartet of viols who concertise internationally (, and whose debut recording in 1996 of Henry Purcell's Fantasias and In Nomines won a Gramophone award for the best Baroque instrumental Recording of 1996. Dreyfus can also be heard in a CD of Purcell songs on the Philips label with Sylvia McNair, which won a Grammy for the best vocal recording of 1995.

Harry Edwards

Harry Edwards is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is one of the internationally most distinguished specialists in the field of Sport Sociology. Professor Edwards has published a large number of essays one historical, and above all, contemporary political and social issues concerning sports. Among his books are A Sociology of Sports (1973) and The Struggle that Must Be (1980). In 1968 Harry Edwards helped organize a boycott by Black American athletes of the Olympic Games in Mexico City. Over the years he has been hired by professional sports teams and other organizations, including the San Francisco 49ers, the Golden State Warriors, and the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball as a consultant on a broad range of institutional, intergroup and interpersonal problems.

Franz Grehn

Franz Grehn was born in 1948 at Wuerzburg (Germany). Professor Grehn received his medical education at his hometown, at Freiburg (Germany), in Scotland and San Antonio, Texas. Between 1974 and 1976 he had a fellowship for basic research in vision at the Institute of Physiology, Free University of Berlin. Residency in Ophthalmology at Freiburg from 1976 to 1981. In 1990 Professor Grehn was appointed chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University Hospitals of Mainz (Germany), since 1995 he occupies the parallel rank at the University Hospital at Wuerzburg. In 1997 Professor Grehn was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Iasi (Romania). His main areas of research and medical practice are: Microsurgery of the anterior segment of the eye. Pathogenesis and therapy of Glaucomas. Basic mechanisms of wound healing in ophthalmic surgery. Visual pathophysiology.

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht is the Albert Guerard Professor of Literature at Stanford University (in the Departments of Comparative Literature and French & Italian) and the Director of the Stanford Presidential Lectures and Symposia in the Humanities and Arts. In 1988 he became a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was born in 1948 in Wuerzburg (and went to high school with Professor Grehn). Gumbrecht received his academic education in Munich, Regensburg, Salamanca, Paris. He was an assistant professor at the University of Konstanz from 1971 to 1974, and subsequently had appointments at the universities of Bochum, Siegen, and since 1989 at Stanford. Gumbrecht's main areas of research, teaching, and publishing are: the European Literatures of the Middle Ages and of the late 18th and 19th Centuries; the History and Pragmatics of Communication Media; Epistemology of Everyday Culture; and, more recently, the Aesthetics of Sports. In 1995 and in 1997 (together with Ted Leland and Rick Schavone), he organized colloquia on "The Athlete's Body" and "Sports and Ethics" at Stanford University.

Brian Hoffman

Brian Hoffman is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University and Section Chief of General Internal Medicine in the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. His research interests are largely related to the actions of the sympathetic nervous system on target cells. His research has focused primarily on elucidating signal transduction mechanisms by which adrenaline causes blood vessel contraction and promotes cell growth. In addition, he has applied these interests to questions involving the pharmacology of adrenaline and related drugs in normal human subjects and in patients with diseases such as hypertension. Dr Hoffman is an active clinician and teacher of bedside medicine. In addition to his research publications, he has edited leading textbooks in both clinical pharmacology and in pharmacology. His major qualifications for the symposium are that he is a retired Canadian hockey player of minor accomplishment who continues to read serious books from time to time.

Gordon O. Matheson

Gordon O. Matheson is Associate Professor and Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Functional Restoration at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Born in Saskatchewan, he received his M.D. from the University of Calgary and his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Matheson is heading Stanford's new academic sports medicine initiative with the development of clinical, research and teaching components and the medium-term goal of an Institute. He is a Past-President of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine, the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the "Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine," and currently Editor-in-Chief of the "Physician and Sportsmedicine." He has served as team physician to the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team and the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League.

Tim Noakes

Tim Noakes is Professor in the Liberty Life Chair of Exercise and Sports Science, Department of Physiology at the University of Cape Town, and Director of Medical Research Council at the University of Cape Town. His research refers to factors that determine exercise performance during high intensity exercise of short-duration and, during prolonged exercise (exercise lasting 2-10 hours); the role of exercise in disease states; and the mechanisms and epidemiology of sports injuries. Professor Noakes has published more than 250 scholarly essays and books, among them the classics "Lore of Running" and "Running Injuries." Noakes is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, where, in 1996, he gave the J.B. Wolffe Memorial Lecture.

George Plimpton

George Plimpton is the founding editor of "The Paris Review" and has edited numerous volumes of interviews and literary anthologies. He has written many books on a host of topics, including biographies, novels, and expositions. Some of his books has focused on his participation as a 'player' in professional sports, including "Out of my League" (baseball), "Paper Lion" (football), and "Open Net" (hockey). He has engaged in a systematic gamut of dilettante adventures, ranging from percussionist with the NY Philharmonic, to aerial artistry in a circus, to boxing with Archie Moore. His recent (1995) book "The X factor," analyzing special attributes associated with success, is of special relevance to the theme of this symposium. In addition, Mr Plimpton has seen action on both sides of the camera in television and films.

George Poste

George Poste is Chief Science and Technology Officer at SmithKline Beecham (SB) and a member of the Board of Directors. He was educated in England and received a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Virology in 1969 from the University of Bristol. He was elected Fellow, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, London in 1987, Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in 1989, a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1997 and was a Founder Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in the UK in 1998. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) by the University of Bristol in 1995 and by the University of Dundee in 1998 for his contributions to international health policy, and awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1999 for services to the development of biosciences. He is a Research Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and holds the William Pitt Fellowship at Pembroke College, Cambridge University.

Congressman Jim Ryun

Congressman Jim Ryun grew up in Wichita, Kansas, achieving national acclaim as a high school track & field star. In 1965, Jim set the high school mile record in 3:55.3. This records still stands today as the all-time best for male high school milers. Jim participated in the 1964, 1968, and 1972 Olympic games, winning a silver medal in the 1500 meter run in 1968. Jim also held the World Record in the mile, 1500 meters, and 880 yards. Jim is the founder and president of Jim Ryun Sports, Inc., a public relations company. He has been a member of Congress for the 2nd District of Kansas since 1996. He is a member of the Committees of Banking and Financial Services, Budget, and Arms Services.

Martin Seel

Martin Seel, a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Giessen, is at present one of the most productive and most frequently quoted representatives of the field of Philosophical Aesthetics in Europe. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Konstanz in 1984, was appointed to a professorship at the University of Hamburg in 1992, and at the University of Giessen in 1995. His main areas of research have been Philosophical Aesthetics, the Concept of Rationality, Forms of Happiness, and recently, the Aesthetics of Sports.

Rick Schavone

Rick Schavone has been the Director of Men's and Women's Diving at Stanford University since 1978. One of the few Ph.D. holders in his profession, Schavone is one of the United States Diving's National Elite Coaches--the twelve most successful coaches. At Stanford, his divers have won seven NCAA titles, 29 Pac-10 titles and earned 52 All-American certificates. In addition to coaching, Schavone attends to academic matters as an assistant to Director of Athletics Ted Leland. He has taught several courses on sports psychology and motor learning at Stanford, and in 1994 collaborated with the humanities department to organize seminars and colloquia in sports-related issues, among them "The Athlete's Body" (1995) and "If You Want to Build Character Try Something Else--Ethics in Sport, 1997 and Beyond." He was voted PAC-10 coach of the Year in 1997 and 1999.

Norman Shumway

Norman Shumway received his M.D. at Vanderbilt University in 1949 and his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army (1943-1946) and the U.S. Air Force (1951-1953) and then received his surgical training at the University of Minnesota. Shumway has been a distinguished member of the Stanford University Faculty since 1958 and needs almost no introduction. He was a pioneer in the development of cardiac transplantation, both at fundamental and clinical levels.


Bobby Clark Head Coach, Stanford Men's Soccer, coached the Cardinal to an NCAA Vice-Championship in the 1998 season.

Dr. Ted Leland

Director, Stanford Department of Athletics and Recreation, under Dr. Leland's leadership, Stanford Athletics won the Sears Cup (for the most successful athletic department) three times in a row.

Mike Montgomery

Head Coach, Stanford Men's Basketball, coached Stanford to the Final Four in the 1997-1998 season and to Pac-10 Championship in the 1998-1999 season.

Erin Sones

Sones is a junior and a member of the Stanford Diving team. She was PAC-10 Platform Champion and was voted NCAA All-American on Platform. She is a Presidential Scholar.

Kerri Strug

Strug won a bronze medal in the 1992 Olympics and in 1996 was a member of the U.S. Gold Medal team at the Olympic Games in Atlanta. She is a student at Stanford University.

Debbie Thomas Thomas was an Olympic figure skating champion, and is now an M.D. in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Bill Walsh

Ex-Head Coach Stanford Football, ex-Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers, won three Superbowls with the 49ers.

Troy Walters

Walters is one of the top receivers in the nation. In just three years, he has already broken the school record for most career receiving yards with 2,530. He has 170 career receptions and is just 44 shy of Darrin Nelson's Stanford record.


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