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Robin L. Wallace, program coordinator, Continuing Studies Program: (650) 725-0061,

John Sanford, writer, News Service: (650) 736-2151,

Information session on MLA Program set for Thursday

It's been said that education is wasted on the young. Whether or not this is true, Stanford's Master of Liberal Arts Program aims to make sure that the opportunity to, for example, study medieval Florence or 21st-century environmental ethics is open not only to underage collegians.

An informational meeting about the MLA Program is scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Gold Room of the Stanford Faculty Club. Faculty, staff and students will be on hand to answer questions about applying to the program.

University staff who enroll in the program are entitled to receive $5,250 each year from the Staff Tuition Reimbursement Program. There are other types of tuition assistance as well. For more information about the program or to request an application for the 2002-03 academic year, call Robin Wallace at (650) 725-0061, send e-mail to or visit the web at Applications are due Jan. 25, 2002.

Launched in 1991 as the degree-granting component of Continuing Studies, the MLA Program is designed for adults who wish to pursue a broad, interdisciplinary course of study. To date, the program has graduated 84 students.

"The underlying premise of the MLA Program is that interdisciplinary study leads to intellectual independence and satisfaction not always found in discipline-based programs of study," according to a description on the program's website. "As a result, we encourage our students to explore a broad range of subjects throughout the curriculum, rather than to focus narrowly on a single topic."

All seminars are held in the evening on the Stanford campus and are limited to 20 students. Courses are taught by some of the university's most accomplished scholars.



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