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Continuing Studies offers wide range of Autumn Quarter courses

Registration for close to 100 courses, workshops and special programs offered Autumn Quarter through Stanford Continuing Studies begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18. Instruction begins Sept. 22.

From "The Genius in the System: The Invention of American Movies" to "Civil War and Reconstruction" to "How Microorganisms Cause Disease," courses cover a wide range of subjects in the arts, humanities, sciences, languages, information technologies and business.

University employees who work half time or more may use their Staff Training Assistance Program (STAP) funds to pay tuition and registration fees. All courses and programs are open to the public.

In celebration of the centennial of the birth of George Orwell, Peter Stansky, the Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, will teach a course on the famed writer and political commentator, as well as participate in a free symposium, "Orwell, Literature and Politics, Then and Now," set for 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3 in Annenberg Auditorium. Stansky will be joined on stage by Orville Schell, dean of the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism; columnist Christopher Hitchens, a professor of liberal studies at New School University; George Packer, author of Blood of the Liberals and a staff writer at The New Yorker; and Daphne Patai, a professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and author of The Orwell Mystique: A Study in Male Ideology.

Continuing Studies also will offer more than a dozen writing courses and workshops. Author Tobias Wolff, the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor in the English Department, will read from his newest novel, Old School (scheduled to be released this fall), at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in Kresge Auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

Register for courses and events online at or call 725-2650 for more information.



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