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May 29, 2007

Registration now open for Continuing Studies summer courses

By Cynthia Haven

Registration for Continuing Studies' summer courses is now open and continues until 5 p.m. Monday, June 18. Most courses begin the week of June 25.

Summer quarter offerings include more than 80 courses, lectures, workshops and special programs ranging from foreign languages to film, oceanography to website design. The courses are taught by distinguished faculty, instructors and researchers from Stanford and elsewhere.

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

Five online creative writing courses, created in close partnership with the Stanford Creative Writing Program, also will be offered this quarter. Online courses usually fill up quickly, so early registration is encouraged.

Other additions to the course catalog include The Writing Systems of the World: From Ancient to Modern; Great Residences of the Modern Era; Revitalized London: The Contemporary Art Scene; New Directions in French Cinema: La Nouvelle Vague; The Magnificent Failure: Iran's Islamic Revolution, 1979-2005; Women in the Arab World; Benjamin Franklin and the World of the Enlightenment; Reading Heidegger: An Introduction; Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir: A 20th-Century Romance; and Naikan: A New View of Relationships.

Continuing Studies also offers many public programs that are free, such as the informal lecture series Outdoor Science Talks at the Cantor Arts Center. Yosemite: An Indulgent Summer Series will include five lectures as well as film screenings and exhibitions at the Cantor Arts Center and the Oakland Museum.

Continuing Studies also is a principal sponsor of the Stanford Summer Theater Series under the artistic direction of Rush Rehm, professor of drama and classics. This summer, Rehm is presenting a season of plays and films about Africa. "Africa on Stage¬óLet Us Tell You a Story" will include four stage productions that blend storytelling, theater, dance and music.

Most classes meet weekly from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Some courses include weekend workshops.



Cynthia Haven, News Service: (650) 724-6184,


Emma Hipkens, Continuing Studies: (650) 724-8456,

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