Due to the ongoing renovation of Woodruff Library, the public areas of Special Collections, including the reading room, will be closed from Dec. 4 through Jan. 31, 1998. Limited research access will be provided by appointment.
Special Collections staff will continue to respond to e-mail, mail, phone and fax requests. Researchers with an urgent need to do onsite research during this time may schedule an appointment from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments must be made ahead of time, and Special Collections will be closed Saturdays during this period. Some materials may be inaccessible during the renovation, and space will be limited, but staff will make every effort to meet research needs.
Conference examines 'Culture of Toys'
Scholars from around the world will attend a conference on "The Culture of Toys" Jan. 24-25 at Emory. The conference will serve as a prelude to the Smithsonian Institution's 34th annual Festival of American Folklife, to be held in Washington in the summer of 2000.
The aim of the Emory conference is to address the many questions that might be posed about the Smithsonian festival, as well as to take an in-depth, multidisciplinary look at the current state of toys, play, creativity and their cultural interdependence and impact. Some of the broad topics to be discussed include "The Modern Toy Situation," "Ethnographies of Toy Play and Toy Making" and "Critical Issues in Folk Play Performances." For more information, contact Lauren Kent-Delaney, University conferences director, at 727-0427.
Faculty seminar still open for participants
Space still remains for next semester's faculty seminar by James Gustafson, Woodruff professor of comparative studies and religion. The seminar, "Metaphors and Models," will be held on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Faculty from any department or school are invited to participate, and discussion will focus on the function of metaphors and models in a variety of disciplines.
Enrollment will be limited to 13 people selected to maximize diversity among fields. Participants will receive a stipend of $500 for seminar-related research expenses.
Those interested may apply in writing to Gustafson in the Department of Religion, Callaway Center, or by e-mail to Walter Reed in the English department by Dec. 5. Selections will be announced by Dec. 16.
SCHOLARSHIP & RESEARCH
FRCP issues call
The Faculty Research Commercialization Program is now accepting proposals for grants designed to "propel promising technologies from the research arena to viable commercial products and services."
Run through the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech, the FRCP awards an average of $50,000 per grant, and the program has become a model for bringing the fruits of academic research to market. Faculty from the six research institutions in the Georgia Research Alliance-Emory, Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, Georgia State, Clark Atlanta and the Medical College of Georgia-are eligible for grants.
A FRCP conference will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 2-4 p.m. in the Health Science Library's Calhoun Conference Room to inform Emory faculty of the program, and anyone interested is strongly urged to attend. In FY98, Emory faculty Jonathan Langberg and Charles Epstein received FRCP grants.
Proposal reviews are due to the ATDC by Jan. 19, 1998, and proposals are due March 16. Both are mandatory. Outlines for proposal reviews and the request-for-proposal are available at the ATDC web site www.atdc.gatech.edu. For more information, call Annette Gaddis at (404) 894-1700.
Small groups are the
The Candler School once again will sponsor its annual Christian education conference in February, and this year participants will be asked to think small. Small groups, that is.
The 1998 topic, "Life Together: Small Groups as Learning Communities," borrows its title from the book Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The conference will be held Feb. 12-14, 1998, at the Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center in Norcross.
"During the 1950s and '60s, the small group movement was a major source of transformation and renewal in the church, both within itself and in social terms," said conference organizer Charles Foster, professor of religion. "In the '70s and '80s it diminished, but in the '90s it has reemerged."
The conference also will honor John and Adrienne Carr, two Candler faculty members who plan to retire next year. Other conference leaders include Dorothy Bass of Valparaiso University, Sister Donna Ciangio of the National Pastoral Life Center in New York, Duane Ewers of the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship and Letty Russel of Yale Divinity School.
The conference fee is $100 and offers one continuing education unit, and the registration deadline is Dec. 10. For more information, call 727-4160, write to Kim Buchanan (Attn: CE Conference) at 309 Bishops Hall, send e-mail to bsteven@ emory.edu or faxes to 727-2915.