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Featured Winter Courses 2019

Winter courses will be posted online on Monday, November 19. Registration Opens Monday, December 3 at 8:30 am (PT) and most classes begin the week of January 14. We hope to see you online or on-campus in the new year!

Pivotal Moments That Shaped the Modern World
In a series of five evening lectures, distinguished Stanford historians David M. Kennedy and James Sheehan will explore a set of decisive historical episodes with lasting consequences, often unintended, to illuminate the origins of our own turbulent moment and perhaps offer clues about where we might be heading. Topics include the effects of momentous decisions made during World War II, the long Southeast Asia conflict, the Cold War, and the use of military force in the age of “fourth-generation warfare.”
Stanford Saturday University: 2019
We invite you to the ninth annual SSU, a day of intellectual stimulation featuring some of Stanford’s most engaging faculty. The 2019 edition will feature psychologist Philip Zimbardo— best known for conducting the famous Stanford Prison Experiment—on how we can transform our compassion into heroic civic acts of goodness; historian Richard White on the parallels between the first American Gilded Age (1866–1900) and our nation today; psychology professor Laura Carstensen on the changing landscape of longevity; and Bradford Parkinson, lead inventor of global positioning technology, on the benefits and risks associated with the expanding use of GPS applications.
The Ethics of Technological Disruption: A Conversation with Silicon Valley Leaders and Beyond
Have technologists given enough thought to the world they are making, to the dislocations they’re creating, and the lives and livelihoods they are often unknowingly changing, both here at home and around the world? This quarter, three senior Stanford faculty (Rob Reich, Mehran Sahami, and Jeremy Weinstein), along with research fellow Hilary Cohen, will explore and wrestle with some of the profound ethical issues posed by the rapidly expanding and unpredictably evolving tech sector. Guest panelists will include prominent members of the technology and policy community.
The First Amendment
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects rights of speech, press, religion, assembly, and petition. The Amendment itself is only a sentence, but the Supreme Court has derived from it a complex body of law that affects many areas of American life. This course will provide an overview of First Amendment doctrine and an introduction to the techniques courts have used to apply its general principles to both historical landmark cases and current controversies.
Statistics for Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data Science: An Introduction
The fields of statistics and computer science are at the heart of the tremendous recent advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). This course will give students a high-level overview of some of the most common concepts in statistics that make AI and ML possible. The course will cover two broad areas of statistics, inference and prediction, introducing common statistical concepts and simple algorithms and using real-world examples from healthcare, genetics, marketing, and manufacturing.
Leadership Skills for Women in the Workplace: How to Aim High and Achieve Impact
In today’s workplace, women are underrepresented in many key fields and positions. This course is designed to help students cultivate a proactive and authentic leadership style by learning how to negotiate effectively, showcase their performance, advocate for themselves, and build strong relationships with key people across their organizations. Students will come away from this course with highly actionable and practical tools that will help them grow into leadership positions in their chosen fields.
Ten Things from Human History: An Archaeology of Design
Design is everywhere. It’s at the core of our human fascination with things. In this course, Stanford archaeologist, classicist, and design and innovation expert Michael Shanks will lead us toward a better understanding of design innovation and creativity through an examination of artifacts as varied as a prehistoric stone tool, an 18th-century Wedgwood teapot, the Edison lightbulb, a Leica camera, a Walkman radio, and the Apple mouse.