18 October 6:15 PM Perfectionisms

Overview: Pressure to be perfect

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In so many aspects of our lives we continually strive for perfection – from needing the highest marks in school, to playing the best on the footy ground every week, to portraying the “perfect” life on Instagram. Sometimes this need for perfection is necessary for a task, and other times it hinders our performance. Why do we strive for perfection when we know it is unattainable? Is it worth the anxiety it causes us?

This discussion will explore how perfectionism exists both positively and negatively across a range of different industries, from the need for precision in making the next big scientific discovery to performance anxiety in the performing arts.

Thursday 18 October, 6pm
Queen Victoria Gardens, MPavilion



Dr David Irving: musicologist, cultural historian, and baroque violinist at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne.
Dr Margaret Osborne: Lecturer in Music (Performance Science) in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and Teaching Specialist in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at The University of Melbourne
Professor Shitij Kapur: Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Health) at The University of Melbourne
Professor Alan Duffy: Astronomer and science expert at Swinburne University of Technology
Sophie Ross: actor, theatre maker and social change activist
Jeremy Kleeman: Bass Baritone opera singer
Emma King: AFL Womens player with North Melbourne

This event is proudly supported by the Hugh Williamson Foundation as part of the Science Gallery Hugh T Williamson Lecture series.

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