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Registration begins Monday for next quarter’s Continuing Studies Program classes

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23, for close to 100 courses, workshops and special programs offered Spring Quarter through the Continuing Studies Program. Instruction begins March 29.

Stanford employees who work at least half time may use Staff Training Assistance Program (STAP) funds to pay for tuition and registration fees. All courses and programs are open to the public. Register online at

Continuing Studies offers a diverse range of courses this spring in the humanities, sciences, arts, music, technology, business, foreign languages and personal development -- courses such as The Rosetta Stone, King Tut and the Story of Egyptology; Late 19th-Century French Painters: Conservatives and Rebels; Introduction to Color Drawing with Pastels; Building a Global Business: The Challenges of Globalization; Public Speaking; The Crusades and Their Legacies; Chekhov as a Modernist Playwright; William Faulkner: "A Cosmos of My Own"; Symphonic Metamorphosis: The Birth of the Modern Orchestra; The Value of Freedom and the Meaning of Liberty; Life in the Universe and the Special Case of Mars; Aging: What Causes It, What Slows It?; and Confucianism and Daoism in Counterpoint.

The popular Writer's Studio at Stanford series also continues with workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and professional writing.

In addition, Continuing Studies will present a number of free special programs that are open to the public. McSweeney's, the literary journal founded by author Dave Eggers that has published many of today's best young writers, will be the focus of a panel discussion featuring the magazine's top editors and managers from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 16, in Building 260, Room 113. The evening will begin with a screening of the 15-minute documentary film The Making of McSweeney's 11.

The next day, April 17, Diane Middlebrook, professor emerita of English, will offer a program on Ovid's telling of the myth of Arachne from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Building 320, Room 105.

The yearlong series The Human Mind continues with "Memory and Learning." The free forum is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 15, in Building 320, Room 105, and will feature renowned Stanford psychologists John Gabrieli, Gordon Bower and Anthony Wagner discussing their research on memory.