Staff Day committee holding contests for new themes

Staff Appreciation Day 1995 is scheduled for May 11, and the planning committee is asking for suggestions for this year's theme. Theme entries should emphasize the value of Emory's employees and the festivity of the occasion.

The committee is holding an additional contest to rename Staff Day and has specified that "the new name should reflect that the midday event is to thank employees for their continued service to Emory and to give employees a festive work break."

Submissions for both contests must be received by Jan. 31. Entries should include name, department and phone number and should be sent to Yvette Hart, Human Resources, 1762 Clifton Road. The nominators of each winning idea will receive a $25 gift certificate.

Ski weekend to benefit Atlanta Project

Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn will host the third annual Crested Butte Ski Weekend in Colorado Feb. 1-4. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Atlanta Project (TAP), a program of The Carter Center that seeks new solutions to inner-city problems associated with poverty.

Among the scheduled events are world class skiing and special activities with the Carters, including a town hall meeting and a benefit auction on Feb. 4. Items to be auctioned include several Delta Air Lines dream vacations, including a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia; a 1995 Saab convertible; and a hand-crafted woodworking piece by Carter.

Joining the Carters and their guests will be 20 students who live in TAP neighborhoods and are members of TAP's FutureForce, a program administered by Cities In Schools and the Department of Defense. FutureForce is designed to help teens develop strong leadership and life skills that can be applied to their day-to-day lives.

Those interested in joining the Carters for the ski weekend may call a Carter Center representative at 420-5809 for further information.

Film studies sets Japanese, American film series

The Department of Film Studies is sponsoring two film series this semester that will feature acclaimed Japanese and American cinematic works.

A series titled "Four Epics of American Identity" will include the following films:

*"American Graffiti" (1973). Directed by George Lucas and introduced by Matthew Bernstein. Wednesday, Jan. 18, in 206 White Hall;

*"Nashville" (1975). Directed by Robert Altman and introduced by Robin Blaetz. Thursday, Feb. 9, in 206 White Hall;

*"The Wild Bunch" (1969). Directed by Sam Peckinpah and introduced by Gaylyn Studlar. Thursday, March 26, in 205 White Hall; and

*"JFK" (1991). Directed by Oliver Stone and introduced by David Cook. Thursday, April 6, in 205 White Hall.

All screenings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

In addition, film studies is co-sponsoring a Japanese Film Festival with the Consulate General of Japan. Remaining films in the series include "Okoge" (1993), a sexy, satirical comedy-drama about a relationship involving a vivacious woman and a gay male couple and the possibility of intimacy without the loss of independence. The film, directed by Takehiro Nakajima and recommended for adults only, will be screened Thursday, Jan. 19.

"To Sleep So As to Dream" (1986) features an aging actress from the silent-film era who in the late 1950s hires a detective to rescue her kidnapped daughter. She is actually searching for her lost youth and the unknown outcome of her first film, "Eternal Mystery." The film, directed by Kalzo Hayashi, will be shown on Thursday, Jan. 26.

Both films will begin at 7:30 p.m. in 205 White Hall and are free and open to the public. For further information, call 727-6761.

Buultjens to open Great Decisions Series

Ralph Buultjens, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Council and professor at New York University and Cambridge University, will open "Great Decisions 1995" with a lecture on "World Politics After the Cold War - Out of Control?" on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture will be held in 208 White Hall.

Buultjens has written several major works on international politics and global history and is a frequent commentator for the world media, including BBC.

Great Decisions is a program of the Foreign Policy Association. Discussion groups based on a briefing book will start in February at a number of locations in metro Atlanta. Emory's discussion series will begin on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Candler Library.

Buultjens' Jan. 25 lecture is free, but registration is requested. The cost of the briefing materials for the eight-week discussion series is $15, and registration is required. To register for either the lecture or the discussion series, call 393-9571.