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STANFORD -- Hindu mythology, the history of breast cancer and the life and music of Frederic Chopin are among the subjects to be examined in the five- and eight-week summer courses offered by Stanford's Continuing Studies program.
Hindu Mythology, a five-week course, will examine some key elements in Hindu myths, the forms they take in the different cultures of South Asia, the various methods Indian and Western specialists have used to analyze and interpret them, and their representation in the arts and in literature, both traditional and modern. Taught by Mark Mancall, professor of history, the class meets on Tuesdays, beginning June 21.
The history of breast cancer opens a window to many cultural representations of women in the past and provides perspective on present conditions. Social and Medical Representations of the Body: Breast Cancer in History, a five- week course, will focus on the 18th-century, when medical beliefs and practice were changing, accompanied by a shift in attitudes about women's bodies. Taught by Edith Gelles, affiliated scholar at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the course meets on Tuesdays, starting June 28.
Frederic Chopin: Life and Music, a five-week course, will examine the life and music of one of the most consistently popular composers with both pianists and audiences. Taught by Jonathan Bellman, visiting professor in music, it meets on Wednesdays, beginning June 22.
Except where noted, the classes meet from 7 to 9:15 p.m. one night a week on campus; five-week classes meet from 7 to 8:50 p.m. Most summer quarter classes begin the week of June 20.
Other summer offerings follow:
Works on Paper II, a basic drawing class taught by Larry Lippold, lecturer in art and preparator at the Museum of Art, meets from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, beginning June 25. Some drawing experience is helpful but not necessary. Enrollment is limited to 20 students.
Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry David Biespiel will teach a Poetry Workshop designed to give students a supportive and keen-eyed critique of their poems. The course meets from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning June 20. The course is open to all poets, but enrollment is limited to 15 students.
Law and Literature, taught by Joyce Penn Moser, associate director of Freshman English, meets on Mondays, beginning June 20.
The European Union, a five-week course, will examine the origins of European integration, the institutions of the union, and its policies and its prospects. Taught by Roberto D'Alimonte, visiting professor of political science, the course meets on Tuesdays, beginning June 28.
Fundamentals of Music Appreciation, a five-week course, taught by Jonathan Bellman, visiting assistant professor of music, meets on Tuesdays, beginning June 21.
Magic, Witchcraft and Religion will draw on anthropological research and analytical approaches to compare examples of "insider" perspectives with dominant views presented in popular culture. Taught by Amy Burce, visiting professor in anthropology, the course meets on Tuesdays, beginning June 21.
The Short Story, taught by Jane Emery, visiting associate professor of English, meets on Wednesdays, beginning June 22.
Psychology of Transformation from Communism to Democracy, which will help students to experience the recent history of transitions from totalitarianism to democratic society and to understand current problems, taught by Martina Klicperova, visiting professor of psychology, meets on Wednesdays, beginning June 22.
Genetic Disease, which will cover our current understanding of genetic diseases, particularly those of the nervous system, taught by Roland Ciaranello, professor of psychiatry, meets on Wednesdays, beginning June 22.
London Perceived: 1790-1990, which will examine images and visions of the city in British culture over the last two centuries, paying particular attention to traditions of social criticism and to middle class perceptions of the urban poor and popular culture, taught by Bruce Thompson, lecturer in humanities special programs, meets on Thursdays, beginning June 23.
Cultural Anthropology: An Introduction, which will explore the anthropological concepts of "culture" and "cultural relativism," taught by Janice Stockard, visiting scholar at the Center for East Asian Studies, meets on Thursdays, beginning June 23.
The Myth of American Modernism, which will study American poets and fiction writers who helped create the 20th-century Modernist movement, taught by Donald Bacon, lecturer in humanities meets Thursdays, beginning June 23.
Hypnosis: An Introduction, taught by Carlo Piccione, visiting scholar in psychology, meets on Thursdays, beginning June 23.
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 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.
The program's course catalog is also available on-line. Prospective students can now find information about the summer quarter courses in the PRISM training schedule beginning June 8.
Continuing Studies classes are open to students who have a high school diploma or its equivalent. For additional information, or to register by phone, call 725- 2650.
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