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Barbara Arroyo Cabbab, administrative associate, Continuing Studies Program: (650) 724-8456,
Elsa Watson, marketing assistant, Continuing Studies Program: (650) 725-3765,
John Sanford, writer, News Service: (650) 736-2151, jsanford@stanford

Sign-ups for Continuing Studies summer courses start May 21

Registration for more than 60 courses, workshops and seminars being offered this summer through the Continuing Studies Program begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 21.

In addition to courses in subjects such as art, film, business, creative writing, drama, foreign languages, literature, music, philosophy, science and website design, Continuing Studies has organized several one-day workshops and seminars.

"This summer, our courses really do offer a wonderful opportunity for intellectual travel," said Terry Shtob, associate dean and academic director of the Continuing Studies Program. "We've been particularly lucky to have an array of thoughtful and stimulating courses taught by great faculty. In addition to a really strong showing in nearly all the liberal arts, our summer program takes unique advantage of some wonderful festive events taking place on campus."

On July 28, a daylong symposium on Eugène Ionesco titled "Fool's Gold -- Ionesco and the Theater of the Absurd" will bring together nine renowned actors and theatrical scholars for a lively mix of lectures, discussions and performances. The participants include Geoff Hoyle, a San Francisco actor, clown and mime; Herbert Blau, a University of Washington professor and co-founder of the Actor's Workshop of San Francisco and the Lincoln Center Repertory Theater in New York; Martin Esslin, a professor emeritus of drama and former head of Radio Drama, BBC; and Rush Rehm, an associate professor of classics and drama, and founder of Stanford Summer Theater. A French lunch will divide the day's events. The symposium concludes with a performance of the Stanford Summer Theater production of Ionesco's absurdist masterpiece, The Chairs, directed by Aleksandra Wolska, a former Stanford doctoral student who now is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Shtob also noted the four-session course, "Inside Jazz: A Collaboration with the Stanford Jazz Workshop," which begins June 26. The course will be taught by Jim Nadel, director of the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and will feature jazz musicians from the workshop.

On July 14, Frank Gladstone, the head of artistic development at DreamWorks, will teach a seminar called "A Brief and Irreverent History of Character Animation." Gladstone will discuss the history of animated film from its earliest days through the technological advances of the present.

Other one-day seminars and workshops include "Constructive Living: Zen-Inspired Wisdom for Everyday Life" (June 30), "Building a Vision for Yourself or Your Organization"(July 21) and "Formulating Business Strategy" (July 28). A two-day seminar, "You're Smarter Than You Think: Emotional Intelligence for Corporate Success," is designed specifically for management professionals working with a team of direct reports in a corporation. (If you do not belong to a corporation, contact the instructor at prior to registering for the course.)

More than a dozen courses are being offered in business and web design this summer, such as "Strategic Marketing," "Formulating Business Strategy," "Starting Up Startups," "Creative Web Design Workshop," and "JavaScript and CGI: Web Programming for Non-programmers."

Courses in the natural and social sciences include "The Human Brain: A User's Guide"; "Reading Rocks: The Geology of Pebble and Montara Beaches"; "South Bay in Motion: San Andreas Rift Structures"; and "Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics."

Other courses of note include "Archaeology and Art in the Middle Ages"; "The Visual Elements of Textiles"; "Explorations in Spatial Drawing"; "The Comedies of Aristophanes"; "Odysseus of Many Turnings"; "A History of the Book, 1500-1800"; "The Dalai Lama and the World of Tibetan Buddhism"; "Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy"; "Jewish American Fiction, 1950-2000"; "Exploring Fairy Tales"; "History and Politics in Life Writing"; and "Confucian Philosophy."

University employees may use their $800 yearly allotment of Staff Training Assistance Program (STAP) funds for Continuing Studies courses. Faculty and employee spouses/domestic partners, as well as Stanford students and their spouses/domestic partners, receive a 20 percent discount on tuition.

Classes begin June 25--30. Register online at or call (650) 725-2650 for more information.


By John Sanford

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