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Registration for continuing studies courses begins Feb. 28

Spring Quarter registration begins Monday, Feb. 28, for more than 85 courses, workshops and seminars in the Continuing Studies Program.

For the first time, students will be able to register for all courses online at Students who register via the web will know immediately if they've been admitted to a course, and they can print out the list of textbooks and assignments before leaving the site.

"Continuing Studies has grown dramatically, from about 1,000 enrollments during Winter Quarter three years ago to over 2,300 this year, and we keep streamlining systems to make life easier for our students," says Charles Junkerman, continuing studies dean and associate provost. "Web registration will be a dramatic leap in convenience and efficiency, and we can't wait to see how it will work."

Stanford staffers are eligible to receive up to $200 in STAP funds each quarter for continuing studies courses. Faculty, employee spouses/domestic partners and Stanford students and their spouses/domestic partners receive a 20 percent tuition discount.

Continuing Studies will offer a special lecture series in Spring Quarter by faculty in Stanford's consistently top-ranked Computer Science Department. From Digital Michelangelo to Robotic Surgery: Stanford's Computer Luminaries features lectures by Professors Terry Winograd, Mary Baker, Jean-Claude Latombe, Marc Levoy and Hector Garcia-Molina, all of whom will discuss the latest in cutting-edge computer research and technology.

Three new one-day workshops also will be featured this spring. The Times of Our Lives by Philip Zimbardo, professor of psychology, will examine the way in which time shapes people's lives. Carl Bielefeldt, professor of religious studies, and his colleagues will lead a symposium that explores various facets of Buddhism at the Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in Marin. And Jonathan Greenberg, a lecturer at the Stanford Law School, will direct a Negotiation Workshop that will focus on the peace conference on Kosovo.

The popular "Crossroads" series will conclude its two-year exploration of ancient and medieval cultures with two new five-week courses: Trecento Tuscany: Divine Inspirations and Secular Horizons and Al-Andalus: Medieval Islam in the West.

Other courses of note include the following: Painting Photographs; Color Talks; Nazi Plunder and the International Art Market; Lured to Taos; Home Design; Masterpieces of Renaissance Rome; Architecture of the American Century; The Iliad, Odyssey and Aeneid; The History of Silicon Valley; A Passion for Wings: The Cultural History of Aviation; Don Quijote; Native American Literature; Reading the Brontė Sisters; Boccaccio's Decameron; The Jazz Pianists; Debussy and the Music of French Impressionism; The Great Dance Bands of the Century; Screenwriting Workshop; Writing and Selling a Mystery Novel; Norse Exploration in the North Atlantic and America; Beginning Web Site Design; and The Former Yugoslavia: From Ethnic Cleansing to NATO Bombing.

Courses in the natural and social sciences include Searching for Life in the Cosmos, Wildflower Families of the Bay Area, The Ocean As a Laboratory and Evolutionary Medicine.

Classes begin the week of March 27 to April 1. Register online at or use the automated phone registration system at 725-5503. For more information, call 725-2650 or visit the website.



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