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Yearlong sequences highlight fall Continuing Studies offerings

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20, for more than 80 courses, workshops and seminars being offered this fall through the Continuing Studies Program.

In addition to courses on art, film, business, creative writing, drama, foreign languages, literature, music, philosophy, science and website design, among others, the Fall Quarter lineup includes several one-day events and the first installments of yearlong sequences.

A free symposium titled "The Virtual Body: The Next Generation of Medical Imaging and Simulation," is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, and will feature many of the new tools emerging from the collaborative research of Stanford physicians, engineers and new media specialists. Medical School Dean Philip Pizzo will lead off a series of talks and demonstrations about these new technologies in the Teaching Center of the Science and Engineering Quad. Medical School faculty will be available to answer questions, and attendees will have an opportunity to visit hands-on exhibitions. (Advance registration through Continuing Studies is required.)

In conjunction with Stanford Alumni Education and Stanford Travel/Study, Continuing Studies has organized "Great Cities," a yearlong lecture series on cities that have influenced and changed the world. Two new cities will be treated each quarter. The Fall Quarter classes are titled "Ancient Luxor," scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18, and "Paris in the 1860s," scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8. For the first lecture, Joe Manning, an assistant professor of ancient history, will give an illustrated survey of the history and monuments of the historic Egyptian city. For the second lecture, Mary Lou Roberts, an associate professor of history, will examine the work of artists such as Edouard Manet, Georges Seurat and Gustave Caillebotte during an era in Paris known as "Haussmannization," when the city was undergoing unprecedented urban transformation. Roberts was the 1999 recipient of the Walter J. Gores Award for excellence in teaching.

Returning this fall is the popular "Crossroads" lecture series, taught by the prize-winning lecturer Edward Steidle. Each course in this two-year-long sequence features an extensive treatment of art, architecture and history. In "The Barbarian West: Heroes and Kings," students will explore the reign of the great Charlemagne and examine the emergence of a new and distinct Western European culture. "The Romanesque Revival: Conquest, Crusade and Pilgrimage" will offer students a chance to study the battles and crusades of the 11th and 12th centuries.

"The Birth of Modern Physics," taught by Leonard Susskind, will be the first course in a yearlong sequence in physics. Susskind, the Felix Bloch Professor of Physics, has more than 30 years of experience as a scientist and researcher and will lead students through more than 100 years of modern physics discoveries, such as relativity theory, quantum mechanics and quantum field theory.

Marsh McCall, a professor of classics and dean emeritus of the Continuing Studies Program, will teach a class on ancient Greek and Roman poetry in the Fall Quarter. This "Gateway" course is intended as an introduction to the field of classics and will examine several different aspects of Greek and Roman history and culture through a variety of poetry -- from the epic poem to comedy and tragedy.

Other notable courses include "Object, Idea and Experience: The History and Philosophy of Design"; "Behind the Scenes: International Human Rights Documentaries"; "Archaeology and Art of the Celts"; "Japan in the Age of the Samurai"; " 'I Am Beloved and She Is Mine': Magic Realism and the Grotesque in the Novels of Toni Morrison"; and "Myth, History and Politics of Tibet."

Instruction begins Sept. 29. Register online at or call 725-2650 for more information.


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