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Stanford Report, May 17, 2000

Continuing Studies Program offers summer courses

Summer quarter registration begins Monday, May 22, for more than 60 courses, workshops and seminars in the Continuing Studies Program.

Students can find courses in a wide range of subjects, from business to creative writing, natural science to information technologies.

For the first time this summer, Continuing Studies students will be able to participate in class discussions from their own homes. Former Wallace Stegner Fellow Jacob Molyneux will teach a "Short Fiction Workshop" to a small group of students over the Internet. Through the class website, enrolled students will read the weekly lectures, communicate with the instructor and each other, and join in group discussions on a variety of topics. Each student will post his or her own writing to the site for instructor and peer review.

On July 15, Continuing Studies and Stanford Summer Theater will offer a day-long symposium on the life and works of Samuel Beckett -- "Inspiring Prospects -- On the Lookout for Samuel Beckett." Participants will engage in readings and discussions of Beckett's work, enjoy a delicious Parisian lunch in celebration of the writer's years in France and spend an evening at a performance of Waiting for Godot.

Other courses of note in art, literature, history and music, include "Frank Lloyd Wright"; "American Art Museums in the 21st Century"; "Photographic Visions of New York"; "Folk Textiles of the World"; "Eight Great Commanders"; "A History of the Book"; "Wing Walking: American Women Adventurers in the 1930s"; "Myth, History and Politics of Tibet"; "'Man Meets Dog': A Cultural History"; "Shakespeare's Fiery Couples"; "Tolstoy's Anna Karenina"; "Hemingway in Love and War"; "Opening Magic Doors: Exploring Fairy Tales"; "The Birth of Harmony"; "The String Quartet"; and "Literature and the Birth of Psychoanalysis."

Courses in the natural and social sciences include "Revolutions in Astronomy," "Biomechanics: Understanding the Human Machine," "Wilderness First Aid Seminar" and "The History and Physics of Light."

Stanford staff and faculty are eligible to receive up to $200 in STAP funds for all Continuing Studies courses. Employee spouses/domestic partners and Stanford students and their spouses/domestic partners receive a 20 percent tuition discount.

Classes begin the week of June 19. Call 725-2650 for more information or visit the website at To use the automated phone registration system, call 725-5503. SR