French philosopher, author Lyotard dead at 73
Jean-François Lyotard, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of French and Philosophy and one of the most renowned French philosophers of the 20th century, died April 21 in Paris after a battle with leukemia. He was 73.
Lyotard, who wrote more than 30 books, is known for his work in post-modernism. Among his books translated in English are The Post-Modern Condition: A Report on Knowledge and The Differend: Phrase in Dispute. "He attempted in his work to rediscover new ways of thinking," said Dalia Judovitz, chair of the French and Italian department.
"He felt Emory afforded him the kind of intellectual and teaching environment to pursue his own projects," Judovitz said. "His audience was across departments. He very much enjoyed his interaction with students on the graduate level."
After attending the Sorbonne, Lyotard began his teaching career in 1952 in Algeria. He helped create the University of Paris VIII-Vincennes, where he taught until retiring in 1984. After retirement he continued to pursue teaching and writing activities, as evidenced by his time at Emory. Lyotard's "Chambre Sourde," published this year, is dedicated to Judovitz and Emory College Dean Steven Sanderson. French television stations observed a moment of silence for Lyotard on April 22.
Animal rights protesters calmer this year
About 60 protesters marched to the Yerkes Center gate on Saturday, April 25, as part of the annual World Laboratory Animal Week demonstrations taking place across the country. Once there, they were met by a contingent of DeKalb County and Emory police in full riot gear. They also found a high fence surrounding the center, built after protestors ran through the woods last year and gained access to Yerkes' grounds.
"Emory, and Yerkes in particular, were well prepared for this year's protest, and both police departments were determined there would be no repeat of last April when demonstrators outnumbered police four to one and the fracas resulted in property damage and injury to a DeKalb police officer," said Sylvia Wrobel, assistant vice president for Health Sciences Communications. As a consequence, the protest was relatively calm, although seven protesters were arrested. "Once again, the University and the surrounding community owe a debt of thanks to the patience of these officers in the face of extensive personal abuse from many of the demonstrators," Wrobel said.
SCHOLARSHIP & RESEARCH
Emory introduces CA$H employee referral program pilot
Due to rising fees associated with recruiting qualified job candidates, Emory has developed a pilot employee referral program to address the critical hiring needs for animal care technicians at Yerkes and various positions within the Information Technology Division and Healthcare Information Systems.
The Candidate Attraction and Strategic Hiring (CA$H) program has been developed to encourage employees to refer qualified candidates for specific job openings. If an Emory employee refers a qualified candidate for a CA$H position, he or she will receive $250 if the candidate is hired by Emory and remains in the position for at least 60 days.
All regular full-time and part-time employees of the University and the hospitals may participate in the CA$H program; referrals from the clinic and Wesley Woods are not eligible. Referrals can be made using a form available at Human Resources, Yerkes, ITD and Healthcare IS. Completed forms must be returned to one of the three HR offices. Upon completion of the three-month CA$H pilot period, additional incentives may be implemented.
For more information call 404-727-7611 for the University, 404-712-4900 for Emory Hospital or 404-686-2532 for Crawford Long.
Internationalization Fund recipients announced
The Fund for Internationalization has awarded 22 grants for the 1998-99 academic year.
Block grants went to the graduate school to support students with dissertation-related research abroad, the School of Public Health to help MPH candidates finance overseas research, the Center for International Programs Abroad to facilitate undergraduate study abroad for students in financial need, and the Ethos Sub-Committee of the International Affairs Council to help fund activities enhacing internationalization on campus.
Seven programs received awards for projects ranging from an Emory conference on African countries undergoing political transformations, to a visit by a professor of classical Japanese theater, to the development of strategies to test new drugs that may prevent maternal-infant HIV transmission in developing countries. Individual faculty and staff received funding for projects as diverse as a music faculty exchange with Korea's Yonsei University and assistance to the Emory Model UN Program. Four students were partially funded for nondissertation-related research.
Funds remaining from 1997-98 will be used to defray tax burdens on visiting international scholars and to support six special projects proposed by faculty and students.
A complete listing of the award receipients can be found at <www.emory.edu/OIA/>.
Emory Report ends publication for semester
This is the last issue of Emory Report for spring semester. Our next issue will be May 18, a special commencement edition. The paper will be published less frequently during the summer months. Issues and deadlines are:
June 8/May 29
June 22/June 12
July 13/July 2
July 27/July 17
Aug. 10/July 31