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STANFORD -- For only $25, university employees can spend fall quarter studying subjects ranging from women's health to the history of film to Karl Marx to the relationship between California and Mexico, through Stanford's Continuing Studies program.
All regular Stanford employees (50 percent time or more) are eligible to receive up to $140 per quarter to be applied toward course tuition. Stanford employees pay only the $25 registration fee for one one-unit course.
Women's Health in the Nineties will explore the health status of women and focus on how it may be improved. The first class will provide an overview; the second, issues of health for adolescent women; the third, that of young adult women; the fourth, health of mature women; and the last, setting the research agenda to improve women's health. Throughout, the interaction between biological and social factors will be stressed. This course will meet Tuesdays beginning Oct. 4 with Dr. Iris F. Litt, director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
In the five-week course on Film History and Aesthetics, which will meet on Mondays beginning Oct. 3, Winter Mead, guest lecturer in drama, will explore the most powerful and pervasive art form of the 20th century. From the silent works of the Lumiere brothers through the digital morphing of Jurassic Park, the course will be a survey in the technology, theory, practice and execution of this powerful medium. The films to be shown include The General, Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Chinatown and Apocalypse Now.
Philip Gasper, a visiting scholar in philosophy, will explore the works of Karl Marx, one of the intellectual giants of the late 19th century. "Imagine Rousseau, Voltaire, Holbach, Lessing, Heine and Hegel fused into one person," wrote one contemporary, "and you have Dr. Marx." The aim of this course will be not only to explain what Marx had to say, but also to evaluate its relevance today in the aftermath of the collapse of regimes which claimed to govern in his name. This course will meet Wednesdays beginning Sept. 28.
Leon Campbell, visiting professor of history, will spend Tuesday evenings beginning Oct. 4 tracing the California-Mexico Connection. Beginning with the U.S. victory over Mexico in 1848, this course will emphasize the social, economic, demographic and political changes that have taken place in California and in Mexico. The course will place the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the state of Mexican politics following the recent elections and effects of immigration issues on the California gubernatorial election in historical context.
Except where noted , the classes meet from 7 to 8:50 p.m. one night a week on campus. Most fall quarter classes begin the week of Sept. 26. More complete course descriptions are available online through "PRISM Training Schedule" and "Portfolio."
Other fall offerings follow:
Pre-Columbian Archaeology, an exploration of the unique artistry and accomplishments of the peoples of Mesoamerica and the cultures of the Andean and coastal areas of South America, will meet Mondays beginning Oct. 3 with Patrick Hunt, visiting scholar in classics.
Chinese Archaeology of the Early Imperial Age, a course designed to coincide with the loan exhibition of archaeological finds from the region of Xi'an at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco this fall, meets Wednesdays beginning Sept. 28 with Richard Vinograd, associate professor of art.
Ancient Astronomy, taught by Lawrence Colin, consulting professor of electrical engineering, will meet Wednesdays beginning Nov. 2.
The Acropolis of Athens, taught by professor emeritus of classics Antony Raubitschek, is cosponsored by the Senior Center of Palo Alto and will be taught at the Senior Center on Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m., beginning Oct. 4.
An Introduction to Acting, drawing from Macbeth, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Waiting for Godot, The Glass Menagerie, Mamet's Duck Variations and Pinter's Betrayal, will meet Sundays, from 6 to 7:50 p.m., beginning Oct. 3 with Winter Mead, guest lecturer in drama.
For those who are sure they would not have much to say if asked to stand up in front of a group of people, there is drama lecturer Patricia Ryan's Improvisation. Section A of this course will meet Mondays beginning Oct. 3. Section B will meet Wednesdays beginning Sept. 28.
The Maturing Mind After Fifty, taught by D. Bob Gowin, visiting scholar in the School of Education, will meet Thursdays beginning Sept. 29.
The Western Literary Hero provides an introduction to Western literature by examining two seminal works, Homer's Iliad and Shakespeare's King Lear. This course will meet Wednesdays beginning Sept. 28, with Keith Gandal, a lecturer in the Program in Science, Technology and Society.
Students will have a chance to study and write modern poetry in Modern Lyric Form, taught by Donald Bacon, visiting scholar in English, on Mondays beginning Oct. 3.
Vida Bertrand, lecturer in French, will teach two conversation courses. Dare to Speak French, Part II is an intermediate-level class that will meet Tuesdays beginning Oct. 4. French Conversation and Culture, an advanced class focusing on contemporary French culture, will meet Thursdays beginning Sept. 29.
Steven Zipperstein, director of the Program in Jewish Studies, will teach Russian Jewish Lives, Institutions and Politics on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 28.
From Luther to Lenin: Interpreting the European Revolutionary Tradition will meet Thursdays beginning Sept. 29 with Lisa Cody, visiting assistant professor in history.
The Essence of Italian Culture: History, Art and Literature Throughout the Centuries will meet Tuesdays beginning Oct. 4 with Annamaria Napolitano, senior lecturer in French and Italian.
Grover Sales, lecturer in music, will use slides, rare recordings and personal interviews in The History of Jazz, Part II, which will meet Mondays starting Oct. 3.
An Introduction to Opera, taught by Charles Cronin, lecturer in music, will be meeting on campus beginning Wednesday, Sept. 28. Another section will meet Thursdays at The Stratford in San Mateo starting Thursday, Sept. 29.
The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach, taught by George Houle, professor emeritus of music, will meet Tuesdays beginning Oct. 4.
Central Problems in Philosophy: Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge will review arguments of great philosophers including Plato, Descartes, Locke, Berkeley and Russell. This course is taught by Paul Skokowski, consulting assistant professor in symbolic systems, and meets Mondays beginning Oct. 3.
Ethics of Development in a Global Environment (EDGE): War and Peace, led by Bruce Lusignan, associate professor of electrical engineering, returns on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 28.
Sages, Seers and Scrolls: The Varieties of Judaism, c.300 BCE - c.500 CE, taught by Chris Morray-Jones, visiting scholar in classics, will meet Thursdays beginning Sept. 29.
In History and Philosophy of Design, taught by Barry Katz, visiting professor, Program in Science, Technology and Society, students will see how the vocabulary of modern design took shape during the 100 years between the arts and crafts movement and postmodernism. This course will meet Tuesdays beginning Oct. 4.
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.
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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