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Stanford Report, May 6, 1998

Conf. on 40th anniv. of Overseas Studies:

Conference marks Overseas Studies 40th anniversary

From now through May 15, directors and staff of the university's eight overseas studies centers will be on campus to talk about the future of the program. The conference coincides with the Overseas Studies Program's 40th anniversary.

"I am delighted at this opportunity to bring our colleagues together," said Russell Berman, director of the program and professor of German and comparative literature. "It can help us enormously to sit down every so often, face to face, to reexamine our expectations and figure out ways to improve what we do."

The conference, which is not open to the public, will focus on the ways in which oversees study can complement students' intellectual development. Directors will share their insights about curriculum planning, particularly with regard to new technologies, teaching courses in the language of the host country and providing research opportunities.

There will be a campus-wide information session on Thursday, May 7, at 4p.m. in the Cypress Rooms in Tresidder for students interested in studying abroad. For those undergraduates who will be participating in one of the programs this fall, each center will offer an orientation session to discuss academic opportunities.

Students, staff and faculty who wish to contact the directors and their staff members can e-mail them directly. Their addresses are on the OSP website: http://www-osp.stanford.edu. SR