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Continuing Studies announces spring quarter courses

STANFORD -- Toni Morrison, Noam Chomsky, economic theory and the construction of a 14th-century cathedral are among the subjects to be examined in courses offered spring quarter by Stanford's Continuing Studies program.

For the first time, the program's course catalog is also available online. Prospective students now can find information about the more than two dozen spring quarter courses in the PRISM training schedule.

In the five-week course on Toni Morrison, which will meet on Thursdays, beginning March 31, Kennell A. Jackson Jr., associate professor of history, will explore why Toni Morrison has achieved such acclaim and what she has been telling us about American history and culture.

Thomas Wasow, professor of linguistics and philosophy, will offer a five-week course on Noam Chomsky that will meet on Mondays, beginning May 2. The course is an introduction to the writings of Chomsky and will be divided equally between his work on language and his work on politics. Wasow received his doctorate in linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972 under the direction of Chomsky.

Economics, History, Strategy and Nations, a five-week lecture course, will address five specific topics at the boundary of three fields: economics, political science and history. The lecturers and topics will be Thomas J. Sargent, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor of economics at the University of Chicago, describing the "Macroeconomic Features of the French Revolution"; James Morrow, senior research follow at the Hoover Institution, analyzing "The Origins of Wars and Incentives to Fight"; Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, describing "The Seven Weeks War: A Small War with Big Consequence"; Barry Weingast, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor of political science, discussing "The Glorious Revolution in England and the Rise of Democracy"; and John Taylor, professor of economics, addressing "Monetary Policy in the 1990s." The class will meet on Mondays, beginning April 4.

Salisbury Cathedral, taught by Robert A. Scott, associate director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and acting professor in human biology, will examine the construction of a building about which no records are known to survive. The building of Salisbury also will be studied within the larger context of the cathedral movement in England and on the Continent during the early Gothic period, and in light of significant political, religious and economic developments of the time. The five-week course meets on Tuesdays, beginning April 19.

Except where noted, the classes meet from 7 to 8:50 p.m. one night a week on campus. Most spring quarter classes begin the week of March 28.

Other spring offerings follow:

Aspects of Impressionism, a topical approach to the study of impressionism, taught by Josine Smits, acting instructor of art, meets Wednesdays, beginning March 30.

The Past, Present and Future of Space Exploration, a five-week course, taught by Lawrence Colin, consulting professor of electrical engineering, meets Wednesdays, beginning May 4.

Minds, Brains and Science will explore the major philosophical views about mental phenomena, the relevance of recent scientific research to such views and some of the philosophical questions that can be raised about the scientific research itself. Taught by Phil Gasper, acting assistant professor of philosophy, the course meets Wednesdays, beginning March 30.

Yangtze: Nature, History and the River, taught by Lyman Van Slyke, professor of history, meets Wednesdays, beginning March 30.

Advanced Improvisation, taught by Patricia Ryan, senior lecturer in drama, will be offered on Wednesdays, beginning March 30. Open only to those who have passed the first course, Advanced Improvisation will focus on developing and honing the skills of spontaneity, thinking on one's feet, failing with good humor and telling stories. Enrollment is limited to 25.

Frost and Eliot, taught by Donald Bacon, lecturer in humanities, meets Wednesdays, beginning March 30.

Ethics of Development in a Global Environment (EDGE): Wealth, Freedom and Health, a seminar series that draws speakers from Stanford and other Bay Area institutions, taught by Bruce Lusignan, associate professor of electrical engineering, meets from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning March 30.

Working with the Japanese, which will emphasize the cross-cultural skills needed by Americans who will interact with Japanese individuals or organizations in business or professional contexts, taught by Richard Dasher, associate director of the U.S.-Japan Technology Management Center, will meet on Thursdays, beginning March 31.

Archaeology and the Bible will examine the long and fascinating relationship between Near Eastern archaeology and the biblical texts with their larger-than-life mythical figures. Taught by Patrick Hunt, visiting scholar in classics, the class will meet on Thursdays, beginning March 31.

The Lotus Sutra: History of a Buddhist Book, taught by Carl Bielefeldt, associate professor of religious studies, meets Thursdays, beginning March 31.

Works on Paper I, the first of a two-quarter studio drawing class (part two will be offered in the summer quarter), taught by Larry Lippold, guest lecturer in art and preparator at the Museum of Art, meets from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, beginning April 2. Enrollment is limited to 20 students.

Personal Financial Planning, taught by Christopher Canellos, lecturer in the Graduate School of Business, meets Mondays, beginning March 28.

The History of Jazz, Part I: From Ragtime to Bebop, taught by Grover Sales, lecturer in music, meets Mondays, beginning March 28.

Masterpieces of Modern British Literature, taught by Linda Paulson, acting assistant professor of English and assistant dean of continuing studies, meets from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays, beginning March 28. This class meets at the Stratford, 601 Laurel Ave., San Mateo.

Ode to the Code: Introduction to Molecular Biology, taught by Robert Siegel, lecturer in human biology, meets Mondays, beginning March 28.

Darwin, Evolution and Galapagos, taught by William H. Durham, professor of anthropology and director of the Program in Human Biology, meets Tuesdays, beginning March 29.

The Russian Symphony, taught by Jose A. Bowen, lecturer in music, meets Tuesdays, beginning March 29.

Cicero and the Roman Republic, taught by Antony Raubitschek, Sadie Dernham Patek Professor Emeritus of Humanities and professor emeritus of classics, meets from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning March 29. This course is cosponsored by the Senior Center of Palo Alto and will be taught at the Senior Center, 450 Bryant St.

Sports in Literature, which will examine such writers as Bernard Malamud, W. J. Kinsella and Norman Maclean, taught by Lowell Cohn, sports columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and visiting scholar in English, meets Tuesdays, beginning March 29.

Shakespeare's Plays, taught by Helen B. Brooks, lecturer in humanities, meets Tuesdays, beginning March 29.

Inner Journeys East and West: Counterpoints from the Perspective of Jung's Analytical Psychology, examines two works that take the reader through the life-journey, or what Jung calls the individuation process, of two remarkable people, a Buddhist monk from medieval Japan and a Dutch Jewish woman who was killed by the Nazis. Taught by Douglas Daher, psychologist with Counseling and Psychological Services, and Mark Unno, a doctoral candidate in religious studies, the class meets Tuesdays, beginning March 29.

All regular Stanford employees (50 percent time or more) are eligible to receive up to $140 per quarter to be applied toward course tuition. Spouses and domestic partners of eligible employees and spouses of Stanford students will receive a 20 percent discount on tuition. Tuition is $125 per unit, except for the limited enrollment workshops, which are $135 per unit. In addition, there is a $25 registration fee.

Continuing Studies classes are open to students who have a high school diploma or its equivalent. For more information or to register by phone, call 725-2650.



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