Confronting Challenges in Theoretical Physics

A Symposium in Honor of Tom Banks and Willy Fischler
on the Occasion of their 60th Birthdays
June 15 - 16, 2009



Symposium Location: Earth and Marine Sciences, B206 Lecture Hall

Monday, June 15th
Morning Session Chair: Mark Wise
09:00-09:20 Introductory Remarks: Chancellor Blumental
09:20-10:15 Abe Seiden, Physics Expectations from the Experimental Program
10:15-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-11:30 Michael Peskin, Chiral Symmetry Breaking and its Opposites
11:30-12:30 Leonard Susskind, Census Taking
12:30-01:45 Lunch
Afternoon Session Chair: Hong Liu
01:45-02:45 Eva Silverstein, F is for four: Toward 4d quantum gravity in string theory
02:45-03:45 Steven Weinberg, Prospects for Asymptotic Safety
03:45-04:00 Coffee
Afternoon Session Chair: Mark Srednicki
04:00-05:00 Nima Arkani-Hamed, Holography and the S-Matrix
05:00-06:00 David Kaplan, Conformality Lost
Banquet: Dream Inn Santa Cruz
Tuesday, June 16th
Morning Session Chair: Michael Graesser
Sasha Zamolodchikov, Confining interactions in 1+1, and 't Hooft's model of mesons
10:00-10:20 Coffee
10:20-11:20 Michael Dine, Dynamics of the Peccei-Quinn Scale
Morning Session Chair: Howard Haber
11:20-12:20 Nathan Seiberg, Comments about SUSY Breaking
12:20-01:45 Lunch
01:45-02:45 Eliezer Rabinovici, World sheet for world sheets revisited
Afternoon Session Chair: John Schwarz
02:45-03:45 Gary Horowitz, A New Holographic View of Singularities
03:45-04:00 Coffee
04:00-05:00 Juan Maldacena, Scattering amplitudes in conformal field theories