Continuing Studies courses begin week of Jan. 12

Enrollment is open for more than 100 courses, lectures, workshops and special programs being offered winter quarter through the Continuing Studies Program.

Stanford employees who work at least half time may use Staff Training Assistance Program funds to pay for tuition and registration fees.

The program will offer a special team-taught course, Social Virtues and Social Vices—A Primer, which is the second in a yearlong series marking the 20th anniversary of Continuing Studies. The course will explore our understanding of fundamental virtues and vices by emphasizing the virtue of justice—its meaning, its importance and its fragility. The five-week course begins Jan. 8 under the guidance of Debra Satz, the Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society. The course fee is $125 because tuition is subsidized. (The average cost of a Continuing Studies course is $300.)

Other new courses include Henry James: Masterpieces of Shorter Fiction; Crossroads: The Celts; The Modern Thriller in Film and Print; The Global American Economy: Today and Tomorrow; The Math Behind Technological Innovation; Orson Welles: An American Genius; Nietzsche; and A Practical Guide to Creating a Sustainable Energy System.

Continuing Studies will offer 10 creative writing courses online this winter. Created in partnership with the Stanford Creative Writing Program, these courses are designed as practical tools for students looking to improve their craft. These are popular courses, and early registration is encouraged.

Among the many public programs and special events scheduled this quarter is the second installment of the Stanford Pioneers in Science series honoring the lives and accomplishments of Stanford's most celebrated scientists. The winter program recognizes Carl Djerassi, who won the National Medal of Science for inventing the birth control pill; Daphne Koller, winner of a MacArthur Fellowship for extraordinary advancements in next-generation computer technology; and Burton Richter, who won a Nobel Prize in physics for discovering a new subatomic particle.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birthday, the Bill Lane Center for the West, in partnership with Continuing Studies, is holding a discussion series Feb. 5-6 titled "Lincoln and the West."

To view the entire list of courses and programs, visit the Continuing Studies website at Most classes meet from 7 to 8:50 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. About 2,000 people enroll in courses offered by the program each quarter.