Frederick Luis Aldama
is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at Stanford University, and is currently completing his dissertation, "Hybridity, Mimesis, and Ethnicity: Magicorealism in U.S. Multiethnic and British Postcolonial Novel and Film."
Carlin A. Barton, Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has devoted her career to the study of the emotional life of the ancient Romans. She is the author of The Sorrows of the
Ancient Romans: The Gladiator and the Monster (Princeton 1993). A new book, Fire in the Bones, which examines the sentiment of honor in ancient Rome, is in the final stages of preparation.
is Ph.D. student in English Literature at Stanford University. He earned a B.A. from McGill University and an M.A. from the University of Toronto, and is currently working on his dissertation, "Interrogative Modernism: The Oedipal Riddle and the Question of Language in British Literature."
is Maxine Elliot chair in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of several books in the areas of gender studies, continental philosophy, and literature.
Regina C. Casper, M.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the Director of the Women's Wellness Program and Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry at Stanford
University School of Medicine. Her research and publications have focused on eating disorders and affective disorders. Most recently, she is the author of Women's Health, Hormones, Emotions, and Behavior (Cambridge
is Professor of Comparative Literature in Universidade do estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and in Pontificia Universidade Catslica (PUC), of the same city. He has three books translated into English: Control of the Imaginary: Reason and Imagination in Modern Times (1988), The Dark Side of Reason: Fictionality and Power (1992) and The Limits of Voice (Montaigne, Schlegel, Kafka) (1996).
Robert C. Davis
is Associate Professor of Italian Renaissance history is at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He has written in the past on Italian popular culture and society during the Early Modern Era (1450-1800), including public spectacles, sports, and games. He is currently studying the cultural and economic effects on Italians of their enslavement by Barbary Coast Muslims during this same period.
William Egginton is completing his Ph.D. in comparative literature at Stanford University, where, in addition to thinking about sports, he works on the history of theater in Spain, France, and Italy.
After teaching for twenty-five years at the University of Wisconsin, Fred Dretske
came to Stanford University in 1989. His research has been in the areas of philosophy of mind and epistemology, and his most recent books are Explaining Behavior (MIT 1988) and Naturalizing the Mind (MIT 1995). For the past four years he has chaired the Department of Philosophy, and in 1997 he was named Bella and Eloise Mabury Knapp Professor in the Humanities.
Judy Gilleland, a Ph.D. student in French and Humanities at Stanford University, studies French literature of the seventeenth and twentieth centuries
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
is Albert Guérard Professor of Literature at Stanford University. He is a member of the Departments of Comparative Literature, French & Italian, and Spanish & Portuguese (by courtesy), and was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in April, 1998. His most recent books are In 1926: Living at the Edge of Time (Harvard 1997) and Corpo e Forma (Rio de Janeiro 1998).
Allen Guttmann's most influential book has been From Ritual to Record (1978), a Weberian interpretation of modern sports. He has also written books on the Olympics, on the social history of the modern games,
and on sports diffusion and cultural imperialism, along with a biography of Avery Brundage (1984). His interest in women's sports led to Women's Sports: A History (1991), The Erotic in Sports (1996) (which is
about men as well as women), and The Encyclopedia of Women in Sport (forthcoming 1999, and edited with Gertrud Pfister and Karen Christensen). He has also written monographs on sports spectators and translated three
sports-historical books from German to English, and one from English to German. He is now working, with Lee Thompson, on a history of Japanese sports.
As Director of Athletics at Stanford University, Dr. Ted Leland
oversees one of the most successful collegiate athletic programs in the country. Since Leland's appointment to the position in June of 1991, Stanford teams have won 86 Conference Championships and 111 NCAA Championships, including 31 NCAA National Championships and an NCAA record six national titles in 1996-7. Stanford has also won the prestigious Sears' Director's Cup, emblematic of the top athletic program in the nation, for the past four seasons, and has been awarded the NCAA "Champion of Champions" trophy in seven of the past eight years. Leland's appointment at Stanford followed athletic director's positions at University of the Pacific, Dartmouth College, and Northwestern University, and he was earlier Assistant Football Coach at Stanford, where he earned his Ph.D. in Education/Sports Psychology in 1982.
María Rosa Menocal
is the author, most recently, of Shards of Love: Exile and the Origins of the Lyric (Duke 1994) and is editor of The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature: Al-Andalus, currently in press. She teaches at Yale University (ECAC regular season champions, 1997-98) and also writes about hockey.
Glenn W. Most
is Professor of Classics at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and of Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He has written widely on ancient and modern literature and philosophy, on the history of the classical tradition and of classical scholarship, and on literary theory.
Roger G. Noll
is the Morris M. Doyle Professor of Public Policy in the Stanford Department of Economics, a Professor by Courtesy in the Graduate School of Business and the Department of Political Science, the Director of Stanford's Public Policy Program, the Co-Director of the International Policy Studies Program, and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Noll's teaching and research focus on the economics and politics of business policies. He is the author or co-author of 11 books and over 200 articles, including Sports, Jobs and Taxes (1997), which deals with the economic effects of subsidies for sports teams and stadiums. Noll also has served as a consultant for the players' associations in all five major professional sports (baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and soccer), and for several teams.
is currently completing an M.S. degree in statistics, and is a doctoral candidate in the School of Education's Psychological Studies in Education program at Stanford University, where she specializes in educational measurement. Her dissertation investigates the validity of testing accommodations for students with disabilities. She is also employed at the American Institutes for Research in Palo Alto, California.
Dr. 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 the profession, Schavone is one of United States Diving's National Elite Coaches—the twelve most successful coaches. At Stanford, his divers have won seven NCAA titles, twenty-seven Pac-10 titles and earned forty-eight 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 in sport psychology and motor learning at Stanford, and in 1994 collaborated with the humanities department to organize seminars and colloquiums in sport-related issues. The conference which produced this volume followed in the Spring of 1995, and a second colloquium was offered in 1997, entitled "If you Want To Build Character Try Something Else—Ethics in Sport 1997 and Beyond." A third colloquium will be offered in the Spring of 1999.
Jeffrey T. Schnapp
holds the Rosina Pierotti Chair in Italian Literature at Stanford University and is chairman of the French and Italian Department. His most recent book is Staging Fascism: 18BL and the Theater of Masses for Masses (Garanzati and Stanford 1996). He is currently working on Crash, a study of "the anthropology of speed and thrill" from eighteenth century cabriolets to 1960s pop art.