As you explore which classes to take this summer, you may be finding it hard to choose from over 175 classes from 35 departments offered at Stanford Summer Session. There are so many options!
Want to learn how Internet technologies create a competitive edge and generate business value? Check out MS&E 238. Or how about EE 47, which introduces the human-centered and technical workings behind devices ranging from cellphones and video controllers to smart cars and appliances? Interested in witches, vampire slayers, and bounty hunters? Look at ENG 167A, which examines the real-life implications of powerful women in sci-fi and fantasy.
With all of these great options, why consider the new Stanford Summer Intensive Series? Because we heard from a number of you--our students--that you wanted to come to Stanford and focus your summer around a single intellectual pursuit. Some of you do this in order to deepen your existing knowledge and build a stronger portfolio for graduate school or for employment. Others want to use the summer to explore and completely new topic, like our Finnish engineer who spent last summer studying human rights issues.
This year, the Human Rights Intensive Series focuses on the core course, INTNLREL 144: NEW GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS, taught by Helen Stacy, director of the Program on Human Rights. It examines emerging trends in international human rights with an analysis of new categories of human rights victims, actors, and technologies. (Watch more on Prof. Stacy's Open Office Hours, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3).
Another core course, INTNLREL 145, taught by Bertrand Patenaude, a research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, traces the history of genocide in the 20th century and the question of humanitarian intervention to stop it.
The Tuesday Night Speaker Series includes world-renown guest speakers such as Fatou Bensouda, listed as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2012, who is taking office as chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Another well-known speaker on human rights will be Philip Gourevitch, staff writer for The New Yorker, who has written numerous feature stories and books documenting human rights abuses.
Our goal in introducing the Intensive Series is to encourage you to think differently about your Summer Session experiences. Some of you might come here to fulfill requirements or get classes "out of the way," and that's great. Others want to take classes that are "practical" or will help in the job market. Stanford Summer Intensive Series allows you to meet these goals while also integrating cutting-edge classes that challenge you to think in new ways.
I hope you have the chance to take some of the classes in the Intensive Series and can attend the Tuesday Night Speaker Series, which is open to all students. I truly believe it will enrich your summer and your future.