Archaeology, social change, Arab-Israeli conflict on Continuing Studies' spring menu
Registration for more than 90 courses, workshops, symposia and seminars offered Spring Quarter through Stanford Continuing Studies begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24. Instruction begins March 31.
The continuing education program offers a variety of classes in the humanities, sciences, personal development and business from "Venice in the Golden Age" and "Chaucer's Canterbury Tales" to "The Brain: A User's Manual" and "Biotechnology and Drug Development." Fiction writing, drawing, jazz history and French (and Spanish and Italian, for that matter) are just a few more examples of the several dozen course subjects being offered this spring.
University employees who work half time or more may use their Staff Training Assistance Program (STAP) funds to pay tuition and registration fees.
Next quarter's program will feature a special course titled "Perspectives on the Past: The Practice of Archaeology," taught by distinguished Stanford researchers in archaeology, anthropology, classics and geophysics. Professors John Rick (Anthropological Sciences), Amos Nur (Geophysics), Michael Shanks (Classics) and Barbara Voss (Cultural and Social Anthropology); William L. Rathje (a visiting scholar at the Stanford Archaeology Center); and Continuing Studies lecturer John Wolf will discuss their work at current sites in Latin America, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, the American Southwest and the San Francisco Bay Area.
On May 10, the research of three nationally recognized Stanford experts in the life sciences will be highlighted in "The Aging Process," the third and final lecture of Continuing Studies' yearlong series, "Human Development and the Life Cycle." The event is free and open to the public. Professors Laura L. Carstensen (Psychology), Mary Kane Goldstein (Medicine) and Ruth O'Hara (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences) will discuss the emotional development and gender differences in adults and the elderly, health services for the elderly, and the cognitive and emotional aspects of Alzheimer's Disease.
In addition, a 10-week course titled "Aging: From Biology to Social Policy" will take an in-depth look at the biological, psychological and social processes that contribute to aging, as well as its effects on culture and social policy.
Continuing Studies also plans to bring together a group of scholars and activists for a day-long symposium May 17 titled "'You Got to Move': Community, Non-Violence and Social Change." Using the early civil rights movement as a case study, the symposium will explore how the average person can bring about social change. Participants will include history Professor Clayborn Carson, director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project; Suzanne Pharr, director of the Tennessee-based Highlander Research and Education Center (where Rosa Parks studied); and Lucy Massie Phenix, a community activist and documentary filmmaker who produced and directed a film history of Highlander and the early civil rights movement, You Got to Move, which will be screened during the symposium. (The $25 cost of the symposium includes lunch.)
Spring Quarter offerings also include the opportunity to study with distinguished Stanford physicist Leonard Susskind in "String Theory and Quantization of Space and Time," and explore the powers of literary brevity with poet and English Professor Kenneth Fields in "20th-Century Short Cuts." Other course highlights include "Palestine, Zionism and the Arab-Israeli Conflict," "Start-Ups: From Idea to Reality," "The World of Magazines" and "The Meanings of Motherhood."
Register online at http://continuingstudies.stanford.edu or call 725-2650 for more information.