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Lane Hall History


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Lane Hall, the University of Michigan's home to the Women’s Studies Department and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, opened in 1917. This slideshow was created by IRWG staff with materials and support from the Bentley Historical Library at U-M, for an exhibit in the early 2000s (exact year is unknown).

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Lane Hall History

  1. 1. Lane HallA History - Jean Boyd, Class of 1949 I learned to think differently about my own world because of…“ ”
  2. 2. Life at Lane Hall 1859 - 1955
  3. 3. The Student Christian Association (SCA), which was created at the University of Michigan in 1859, was the builder and first owner of Lane Hall. The SCA flourished as the most active student organization at U-M before the turn of the century, with broad-based programs that included religious meetings and lectures, monthly news bulletins, orientation programs for new students, an employment bureau, and a foreign mission program. Setting the SCA apart was its insistence on the inclusion of women. Indeed, this policy caused concern and conflict with the national YMCA. 1859
  4. 4. In 1897, when the SCA refused to create separate branches for men and women, the YMCA created a YWCA on campus. By 1904, these three organizations saw a clear need for cooperation and the SCA became the parent body for the two Ys as program centers. The YWCA provided residence to women students in Newberry Hall, and its statuesque presence on the central campus was the impetus for the construction of Lane Hall, which was to house the SCA and the YMCA. Newberry Hall - From The Chronicle, May 12, 1888 From Proposed New Building for YMCA, circa 1912 1897 - 1904
  5. 5. Plans for the new YMCA building and the selected site were announced in the Michigan Alumnus magazine in October 1911, with Otis and Clark of Chicago as the architects. William A. Otis was a graduate of the U-M Class of 1878. Shortly after the announcement, John D. Rockefeller offered to donate $60,000 toward the project, if the YMCA could raise the same amount by October 1, 1915, which they did. “Lane Hall,” Julie Truettner, University Architect & Planner’s Office, February 1998 1911 - 1915
  6. 6. Early design proposal by Otis Architects 1912
  7. 7. 1916 The cornerstone was laid on May 16,1916. The structure was of colonial design and measured 100 by 50 feet. The cost of the building was about $70,000. An additional $30,000 for the site and $10,000 for the furnishings brought the total to $125,000. University of Michigan: An Encyclopedic Survey, Vol. IV. 1958
  8. 8. Lane Hall opened on March 2, 1917 and was named in honor of Victor Hugo Lane (C.E. 1874, L.L.B. 1878), University of Michigan Fletcher Professor of Law, and judge at the First Judicial Circuit of Michigan. 1917
  9. 9. “ ”- Victor Hugo Lane III, grandson of Victor Hugo Lane Victor Hugo Lane was born in 1852, in Geneva, Ohio, son of Henry Lane, a farmer who appears to have swung some lead in those parts. That Henry was a man of substance makes it all the more remarkable that his wife, one Clotilda Catherine Sawyer, was able to convince him they should name their first-born child after some poncy French writer, a liberal-cum-revolutionary who, four years before, in the politically turbulent year of 1848, was banished from France by Napoleon III as a threat to public order. Not the sort of chap most American gentlemen of gravitas go about naming their sons after. The more surprising, then, that by 1852 Hugo had yet to publish any of his best-known writings. Les Miserables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Man Who Laughs were all published well after VHL’s birth, so clearly his mother was an extraordinarily erudite young woman, who had been reading the incendiary, rabble-rousing essays and shorter fictions of a man as yet little known outside of France, and whose works thus far, as far as I can ascertain, were still only available in French! Some going for an Ohio farmer’s wife!
  10. 10. Lane’s four children, including his two daughters, Mildred and Charlotte, were alumni of U-M. Lane himself played a vital role in the development of the religious and social life of students, serving as President of the Student Christian Association, the first occupant of Lane Hall. Lane’s great-great grandson, Victor Hugo Lane IV, received his Ph.D. in history from U-M in 1999.
  11. 11. When Lane Hall opened in 1917: “In the basement were two offices, a large club room, classrooms and apartments for janitors and a caretaker; the main floor was devoted to the Board room, offices, five studies for student pastors, and a library; the second floor contained an auditorium seating 450 people and equipment for motion-picture projection in the gallery opposite the platform, a kitchen, dining rooms, four classrooms, two guest rooms, and a private bath for guests.” University of Michigan: An Encyclopedic Survey, Vol. IV. 1958 1917
  12. 12. Around the lobby are grouped offices for the various pastors of the Ann Arbor churches where they may hold office hours for consultation with students…. These rooms are attractively furnished with large over-stuffed divans in dark bluish-green tapestry. At the windows hang bright chintz curtains. A feature of the building are the simple and dignified fireplaces found in all the main rooms. Michigan Alumnus, April 1917 1917
  13. 13. The services of Lane Hall reached into all aspects of student life. In the 1920s and 30s, it hosted the activities of such diverse groups as the Student Employment Bureau, the Chinese, Japanese, “Hindustan,” and Philippine Clubs, and the Jewish Student Congregations. In the large auditorium on the second floor, different groups held lectures, musical and theatrical productions, and popular showings of “moving pictures.” The Student Christian Association tended to the spiritual, social, and physical well-being of students. One of its primary activities was the dissemination of information about “sex hygiene,” and a decrease in venereal disease among students was attributed to the public lectures held in Lane Hall’s auditorium.
  14. 14. “Manhood and Womanhood” From A Message of Service pamphlet, Student Christian Association 1918
  15. 15. “The Best Student Religious Building in America” From The Michigan Religious Union pamphlet 1920 -1921
  16. 16. “Winter headquarters, Lane Hall.” From “S.C.A. Wolverine.” January 8, 1927 1927
  17. 17. “Lane Hall, Association Building, Widely Used” From “S.C.A. Wolverine.” January 8, 1927 1927
  18. 18. From “Endowment at Seventy Necessary” pamphlet of the Student Christian Association. 1928 Celebrating the personalities…and “Oh, yes, the women…”
  19. 19. The University acquired both Lane Hall and Newberry Hall as gifts in 1936 when the SCA could no longer maintain the properties. On November 12, 1936, Mr. Emory J. Hyde, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the SCA, wrote to the U-M Board of Regents: 1936 “We offer to the board of Regents as a gift the properties known as Lane Hall and Newberry Hall, providing that the Board of Regents assume the responsibility for a program that will tend to encourage student interest and study in the broader aspects of religious education and properly coordinated student activities in religious fields.” “Historical Sketch Relating to Building and Facilities for Religious Affairs at the University of Michigan” April 2, 1959. U-M Office of Ethics and Religion, Bentley Historical Library
  20. 20. Broadening the scope of activities to reflect the diversity of religious associations on campus, the University created the Student Religious Association (SRA), which included inter-faith study meetings, meditation groups, and the Ann Arbor Society of Friends. For twenty year, Lane Hall was a central meeting place for activist students and faculty. What was then called “The Lane Hall Program” included opportunities for political debate, discussion groups about democracy and current social issues, a series of outreach programs both in the United States and abroad, as well as lectures and dances.
  21. 21. Lane Hall Departure to Freshman Rendezvous 1937 Freshman Rendezvous were three day orientation campus visits for incoming students to get to know each other and to learn about the academic, social and religious life awaiting them at U-M. It was one of the most popular programs of the SRA and was continued under the ORA after 1956.
  22. 22. 1938- Student Religious Association pamphlet, 1940-41. “The Student Religious Association is that part of University in which you may grow in the realm of religious, social, and ethical values as you progress with the acquiring of technique elsewhere. In the Association, you may seek answers to some of your personal problems and to those which society faces….It deals with problems related to every part of the University, in fact, to human life wherever found. Ethical questions, questions of value, are only important when attached to other elements of life. Lane Hall is the center for the Association’s activities. In it is a growing library of religious and social literature, books and periodicals. There are meeting rooms, offices, rooms for luncheons and social activities. Use it; it is yours.” Michigan Handbook, 1938-1939 (Published by the SRA)
  23. 23. Student Religious Association Coffee Hour at Lane Hall 1941
  24. 24. 1941 Student Religious Association Fireside Discussion at Lane Hall
  25. 25. In the mid-1940s, Lane Hall regularly hosted meetings that complemented the SRA programs, such as the pacifist organization Fellowship of Reconciliation and groups that fostered democracy on campus such as Group Z and Insight. The newsletters of the SRA published student debates about aid to post-war Europe, the impact of racism on campus and the advocacy of civil rights, and social reforms such as the Fair Employment Practice Bill. Lew Towler, a graduate from 1950 and an active member of the SRA, particularly remembers the work of the World Student Service Fund, the relief packages which the SRA sent to Europe after the war, and a boycott which he organized against a local barber shop when they claimed not to be able to cut the hair of black customers because they lacked the appropriate tools.
  26. 26. 1945 Events Today A Lane Hall luncheon will be held today at 12 o’clock. Following the luncheon, the book, “Democracy in America” by Alexis De Tocqueville, will be reviewed by Scott Mayakawa. Call Lane Hall for reservations before 10 o’clock Saturday morning. Michigan Daily, December 8, 1945
  27. 27. 1946 Insight Brochure. Insight was a student group that fostered democracy on campus, especially through an active student government.
  28. 28. 1946 Replication and reformatting of pages 1 and 2, “Lane Hall Notebook,” November 1, 1946. Bentley Historical Library.
  29. 29. Lane Hall buzzed with the activities of these student-led social and political organizations. In keeping with the original spirit of the SCA, women were encouraged to play leadership roles in all initiatives. In 1945, college senior Joyce Siegan served as President of the executive committee of the SRA, and Phylis Eggleton, Allene Golinkin, Marilyn Mason, and Mary Shepard were committee members. Other key positions that reflect the diversity of SRA programming included: Vivi Lundi as Secretary of the Inter-Cooperative Council, the central agency for the U-M’s cooperative houses; Bobbie Simonton as Chair of the World Student Service Fund which sponsored an international student relief drive; Barbara Hazelton as President of the Post War Council, which was concerned with issues of international cooperation; Norma Lyon as Secretary of the Inter- Racial Council, a student group that identified racism as “America’s Number One Problem” and devoted its work to improving relations within the U-M community.
  30. 30. “ ” As a young instructor around 1947, I met in Lane Hall with student/faculty religious groups. Franklin Little was our mentor, and a wonderful role model to follow. He encouraged us and listened to us and was a great inspiration to many. - Marilyn Mason, Professor of Music and University Organist since 1947
  31. 31. 1948
  32. 32. “ ” In 1945, I came to the University of Michigan. I traveled with my twin sister, Janie, from a very small town in upper New York State where I had been born and raised as a farm girl. We had never been away from home until we came to the University of Michigan. Janie and I were quite poor and had to work our way through college. When we were freshmen, we got jobs at Lane Hall. My older sister had recently graduated from U of M and she was the assistant to the Director of Lane Hall (that is probably how we got the jobs). Lane Hall was the home of the interdenominational organizations on campus; we attended all of the events and I met my first rabbi and Catholic priest at Lane Hall. I learned to think differently about my own world because of Lane Hall. It is funny. We always talked about Lane Hall as a person, not a building. For example, we would say, ‘Lane Hall is sponsoring a mixer tonight.’ - Jean Boyd, Class of 1949
  33. 33. 1950 Lane Hall Mixer
  34. 34. “ ”- Robina Quale Leach, Class of 1952, Secretary of the SRA 1951-52 There were a lot of discussion groups, and a great variety among them. But that was not really my bag. I was more concerned with trying to organize helpful projects in the community. There was a fair amount of that. We organized a lot of drives together, gathering clothing or food for local charities. And whenever there was a disaster, we organized a campaign. I remember the big signs: Wheat for India! Wheat for India! And we raised money to buy the wheat.
  35. 35. Lane Hall, the University’s religious center, is open to all races and creeds. It stands for no one denomination, and it is where students of all denominations learn to appreciate other beliefs. These three coeds, actually caught at random as they entered, represent (from left to right) the Episcopal Canterbury Club, the Jewish Hillel Council, and Christian Science. Robina Quale (left) from Canterbury Club is a junior from Onekama, Mich., and secretary of Inter- Guild, one of the student religious groups at Lane Hall. The others are Carol Schnapik (center), a junior from New York, and Betty Ostrander, a sophomore from Stockbridge. Michigan Daily, March 31, 1951. “Through the Open Door.” 1951
  36. 36. It was the beginning of a new level of diversity. During our first meeting when I was SRA representative from the Canterbury Club in 1951, Uncle Cy [Baldwin] said, “Let’s sing the doxology” (the song which ends, “praise father, son and holy ghost”). A person from Hillel said “we can’t sing that.” Baldwin was very much the uncle type, open and warm. He was apologizing all over for not thinking about that. The gears were just beginning to shift. First Jewish, then Muslim and Hindu groups were beginning to participate. “ ”- Robina Quale Leach, Class of 1952, Secretary of the SRA 1951-52
  37. 37. The SRA did a lot to promote inter- faith cooperation and harmony, and served a very positive role in the life of the University and, I hope, to reduce prejudice. - Alan Berson, Class of 1953 “ ” S.R.A. members and staff on the steps of Lane Hall, 1951
  38. 38. 1953 SRA staff Dewitt Baldwin, Doris Harpole and Grey Austin
  39. 39. - C.E. Olson, Class of 1952 and Professor Emeritus, School of Natural Resources & Environment “ ” SRA cabinet meeting in the Lane Hall library, 1953 While an undergraduate (1948-1952), I remember walking in the front door, crossing the central lobby to the library which was in the back left corner…The library contained a collection of religious books from many faiths and it was there I first read the Koran. The Christian Science Organization at U of M also kept a Bible and a copy of Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures in the library, and marked with the current week’s bible lesson.
  40. 40. There was a really large expanse of an entryway. People didn’t worry about whether space was “being used” in those days. But as budgets got tighter and programs expanded, people started looking for space not adequately used and tried to fill it. The entryway was a gathering place for students: Sometimes groups of student were just sitting around on the floor, whether talking or playing a game or whatever. The space at the south end of the building was a library, with a fireplace and built-in shelves…We used to hold discussion groups there, lecturers might come over and talk informally, or a visitor would come and we would stand around and talk. Every week we had a sort of tea or a lunch. They were good years. “ ”- Grey Austin, Assistant Coordinator of Religious Affairs, 1952-1963
  41. 41. 1953 Grey Austin and Dewitt Baldwin with students in the Lane Hall lobby
  42. 42. “ ”- Grey Austin, Assistant Coordinator of Religious Affairs, 1952-1963 Social action was an unusual activity for university- sponsored events, yet we were very socially active in the civil rights movement. I remember one time for our Freshmen Rendezvous one of the students we invited to speak to the freshmen was Tom Hayden, then editor of the Michigan Daily and later one of the students involved in creating SDS, Students for a Democratic Society. He was not specifically involved in religious activities, but he came out to help us orient the freshmen.
  43. 43. “ ”- Alan Berson, Class of 1953 I remember a campaign that I initiated that only bore fruition after I left: it was to have comparative religion taught at the University as an academic subject. At that time, because the U of M was a state university, it had been argued that they could not teach religion in any form, partly because of the U.S. Constitution. However, I argued, and got a lot of support, that did not preclude comparative religion being taught, as long as no particular religion was promoted over any other.
  44. 44. …Recreational activities compose a large part of the Lane Hall curriculum. Square dances and coffee hours are held weekly. A carol sing, Christmas party, SRA picnic and open house are included among these activities. For all the students who are unable to go home, Lane Hall serves a Thanksgiving breakfast. Lane Hall is available as a general meeting place where students come in to relax or watch TV in the television lounge. A library, craft shop, auditorium, music room and photography dark room are among the various facilities it offers. Michigan Daily, November 20, 1954. “Lane Hall Provides Campus Center for Religious Activities” 1954-1955 Michigan Daily, November 16, 1955.
  45. 45. “ ”- Grey Austin, Assistant Coordinator of Religious Affairs, 1952-1963 Those days at Lane Hall were interesting, stimulating, and, much of the time, sheer fun. It took a distance of 40-50 years to realize that we were really doing some ground-breaking things. It was an honor to be a part of all that, and I’m glad the old building is still being a place for consciousness-expanding activity.
  46. 46. Life at Lane Hall 1956 - present
  47. 47. In 1956, as part of larger changes in the University, the SRA was folded into the new Office of Religious Affairs (ORA). The Director was moved from Lane Hall to the new Student Activities Building, and the Lane Hall program was slowly phased out. By the early 1960s, the ORA was no longer using Lane Hall at all and space was made available to various student service programs, such as the Counseling Division and Reading Improvement Services.
  48. 48. “The Use of Lane Hall. The year 1956-57 was seen as a period of experimentation for a new pattern of religious affairs and therefore reassignment of the space in Lane Hall was held in abeyance until the effect of the reorganization upon the use of the building could be observed….As a result of a year of experience, it has become obvious to us that the facilities provided in Lane Hall are not being used to capacity and that the existence of a quantity of unused and usable space is not appropriate to a campus on which many agencies are seriously in need of added facilities. The reasons for unused space are as follows: 1. The reorganization has left us in a position in which we no longer sponsor student religious or interreligious activities in a religious center. 2. We no longer work with an activities group which would consider Lane Hall to be its home. 3. The Student Activities Building and the recent addition to the Union make many more facilities for student activities available. 4. Religious organizations are using the new facilities as a means of moving closer to the center of student activity. continued…
  49. 49. …In view of these facts, the Board of Governors in their meeting on May 27th accepted a recommendation of the Staff that a considerable amount of space in Lane Hall be shared with another agency and it is expected that in the course of the next month or two, Vice-President Lewis will work out arrangements for that change.” First Annual Report of the Work of the Office of Religious Affairs, July 1, 1956 – June 30, 1957, Bentley Historical Library 1956-1957
  50. 50. While the reorganization occurred, the School of Music made use of Lane Hall, turning the stage and offices into rehearsal areas while waiting for the completion of its new building, which opened in 1964.
  51. 51. When I came to the U of M in the early sixties as an undergraduate cello major, the School of Music was scattered across main campus in several buildings. Cellists practiced five at a time across the basement of Hill Auditorium or in the bathroom of Burton Tower. Our recital hall was the little auditorium in Lane Hall. Once as a sophomore I got up on that stage and, in a state of high nervousness, performed the Saint-Saens cello concerto. At the end, in a state of equally high relief, I stood up, bowed, and smiled from ear to ear. My husband of thirty-five years has always insisted that it was that smile on the Lane Hall stage that caused him to fall in love with me! “ ”- Enid Sutherland, Class of 1965, Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Music since 1970
  52. 52. During this time, Cold War politics had heightened national awareness of the need for research on foreign countries and cultures. In 1958, the federal government increased funding for area centers with passage of the National Defense Education Act, of which Title VI promoted area and language studies. Lane Hall soon became the hub of international studies. For over thirty years, the Title VI Area Studies Centers – Japanese Studies, Chinese Studies, Middle East and North African Studies, Russian and East European Studies, South and Southeast Asian Studies – turned “Lane Hall” into a nationally recognized keyword for Area Studies.
  53. 53. August 27, 1963 Memo From: W.D. Schorger, Chairman, Area Studies Committee TO: Director Area Centers (R.K. Beardsley, A. Feuerwerker, L.A.P. Gosling, G. Kish) I have, this date, been informed by Dean Thuma that Lane Hall has officially been assigned to the use of the Area Centers. We will not be able to occupy the premises until sometime in the middle of the spring of 1964 as it will take time for the Music School to move its instruments and equipment once its new quarters are completed. No courses can be scheduled for Lane Hall for the spring semester, but thorough plans can be made for the utilization prior to the time of our move. Center for Chinese Studies, Box 1, Bentley Historical Museum 1963
  54. 54. From my perspective, Lane Hall was a hub of activity not only because of the administrative offices, but the series of bag lunches, the classes, the public lectures sponsored by the centers, the Gednes Thai Language library, the AAS – all of these attracted people to the building. It was the center for people interested in area studies and offered a real opportunity for students and faculty to interact with one another. It was a good nucleus of people. “ ”- Frank Shulman, Center for Japanese Studies, 1965-1976
  55. 55. Frank Joseph Shulman lived in Lane Hall. The famous Asian bibliographer and writer of authoritative books actually lived in Lane Hall and kept his personal library there for many years. At the time it was not uncommon to leave typewriters and basic office supplies open to the Area Center students for their use during off hours. Frank moved his sleeping bag between various offices. In the late 70s he got a job at the University of Maryland and I helped him gather his books from throughout the building and especially the attic to fill the largest U-Haul available to move them to a different University. “ ”- Beni, Student of Japanese Studies 1970-77; Center for Chinese Studies and then International Institute from 1978
  56. 56. - Peter Gosling, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and often Director of the Center of South and Southeast Asian Studies, 1958-1994 “ ” China Studies class in the basement of Lane Hall, 1970s. In the 70s once when we were having some event in the auditorium, people had brought beer and wine and were drinking. A security guard told us that was against policy. ‘It’s a Javanese custom,’ I told him. The security guard said, ‘That’s a good answer,’ and he left.
  57. 57. Architectural Description: Landscape: Double-row of luxuriant, intense-purple lilac bushes now flanks front doors. Exterior: Best Georgian style building on campus, notable for large-pane windows and for double French doors with shallow balconies on first floor (only one set survives the initial burst of energy-saving measures of 1973); mansard roof and dormers. Five Area Studies Centers, on moving in, engaged in ‘negotiations’ approaching fratricide to determine respective territorial claims; have evolved numerous cooperative uses of space and facilities since – though issues of appropriate design style for lobby décor (charges of area-imperialism) threatened to break the truce in 1970. Plant Office, 1977 1977
  58. 58. There was a tremendous amount of cooperation and collaboration in the early days. A warm, puppy feeling of camaraderie. We worked together to get the Ford grant, to create the Collective Asia Course and the ‘Flying Circus’ course that we taught as an extension throughout Michigan. It was exciting. But as we grew and each center became successful, we also grew apart. We were still all enthusiastically pushing Asia, but there was more competition, vying for positions in departments and for space. The ‘space wars’ as we called them were always going on. You’d see people walking around with blue prints and wonder, Who is going to pull the coup? Periodically you’d have to defend your use of space. Russian Studies was always the major target of the space wars…But even with the space wars, there was a strong sense of community. “ ”- Peter Gosling, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and often Director of the Center of South and Southeast Asian Studies, 1958-1994
  59. 59. I was told by Professor George Mendenhall (Near Eastern Studies) that when the building was used for Religious Affairs, weddings occasionally took place in the building. He remembered in the ‘60s and ‘70s being approached by a couple who wanted the place where they stood to get married to be marked off forever as ‘sacred space.’ While understanding their desire to maintain their memories intact he was only too acutely aware that the space had now passed to area centers, that every corner of the building was used, and that the University was getting into increasing trouble in allotting – or even defining – sacred space. “ ”- Betsy Barlow, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, 1981-2000
  60. 60. The Lane Hall lobby 1970s
  61. 61. One character means ‘to meditate, reflect, discuss’ and the other means ‘pool by a cave.’ Together they referred to the pond and rock garden they hung above, and basically meant ‘pond for meditation/reflection/discussion.’ “ ”- Don Munroe, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, on the Chinese characters that used to hang in Lane Hall
  62. 62. Beardsley was a dynamic force, and he was the one behind the creation of the lobby. Lester Fader from the College of Architecture designed it. It was like a tinker toy set – basically two pieces, and it went up in a weekend. Then Rhoads Murphey got the pond idea. The bubbling water used to drive us nuts. But the students would sit out there, study, sit and talk, meet with other students. “ ”- Bob Dernberger, Class of 1958, Professor of Economics and often Director of the Center for Chinese Studies, 1967-1997
  63. 63. Students in the Lane Hall lobby 1970s
  64. 64. A Bat in the Tea Garden One year we had quite a problem with a bat in the tatami tea garden. The raised tatami mats and garden of stones had been established in the lobby by the Asian Studies program in the early 1970s. Unnoticed, a tiny bat hung sleeping, upside-down, on one of the garden supports. Later the bat moved to the corner wall clock-where no one could avoid seeing. When the bat moved a bit farther from the clock, some staff members became uncomfortable. Of course, the bat slept soundly all day, every day, and we were unable to encourage it to wake up and move out. After a few days, I called the ‘wildlife rescue’ people, wanting to be as humane as possible. I was astonished to discover the small army of substantial looking people, wearing heavy boots and thick gloves, and carrying a considerable amount of equipment that had been sent to contemplate the problem. With their collective force, they did indeed manage to capture the teeny-tiny bat in a teeny-tiny box. “ ”- Elsie Orb, Center for Japanese Studies, 1973-1991
  65. 65. Asian scholars across the country knew the Lane Hall Thai library, the Association of Asia Studies at 1 Lane Hall, and the “Lane Hall Program” (the Program in Asian Studies in Education, which prepared high school curriculum materials). Lane Hall nurtured various research projects in tiny offices on the third floor; the East Asia Business Program, which became the Japan Technology management Program, and the Southeast Asia Business Program; the US-Japan Joint Automotive Industry Project, created in the late 1970s; the work of the great bibliographer of Japanese Studies, Naomi Fukuda, who worked in a little box in the basement; the Copernicus Endowment created in 1973 to encourage Polish studies and programming. Through the Centers, the building hosted visitors who regularly created a stir, including President Gerald Ford, Adam Michnik, and the Dalai Lama.
  66. 66. One of my most vivid memories was going up and down two flights of stairs for two weeks on crutches; and the FBI coming in our offices to make sure the building was safe for Gerald R. Ford to give a lecture there. “ ”- Darlene Breitner, Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies, 1972- 1997
  67. 67. Visit of President Gerald Ford to Lane Hall – April 6, 1977 On the day U.S. President Gerald Ford was scheduled to teach in a political science class on the second floor classroom of Lane Hall, the building both inside and outside was swarming with hefty Secret Service agents. We decided that no one would be able to work anyway, so we opened our large office double doors to give us a good view of the lobby, settled on the couch and waited to see the President enter. Finally the entourage arrived. The President, closely flanked by his aides, swept up the stairs on the north side of the building (rather than the south side which was closest to us). The discussion about seeing the President from the vantage point of the Center went something like: Did you see him? Well, I think so. He is tall, isn’t he? Wasn’t that the top of his head in the middle of the crowd? “ ”- Kathleen Wilson, Center for Near Eastern and North African Studies, 1975- 1982
  68. 68. A Reception for Bashir Gemayel who became President of Lebanon I remember when the Center hosted Bashir Gemayel, a Maronite leader who was elected president of Lebanon in 1982 and was assassinated a few days later. His brother Amin then became the President of Lebanon. He gave a lecture in Lane Hall followed by a reception. About half of the attendees were men from the Christian Lebanese community in Detroit who came to protect the honoree. At that time the United States was trying to cultivate strong Lebanese leaders-but they made some enemies inviting Gemayel here. Security was a problem and all these big, beefy guys standing around looking out the windows of our office and checking and rechecking the doors was quite intimidating. “ ”- Kathleen Wilson, Center for Near Eastern and North African Studies, 1975-1982
  69. 69. 1980- Director Ernest Abdel-Massih (far right) and Kathy Wilson (far left), Center for Middle Eastern and Near Asian Studies Main Office
  70. 70. My fondest memories of Lane Hall are centered around the Russian Center Reading Room, the informal ‘watering hole’ for graduate students from any number of majors who had a Russian or East European academic focus. The Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) had been the de facto – if not de jure – intellectual home for many of us, and the Center Reading Room was the place we could gather, exchange ideas, build friendships, and think about our career futures. The hominesss of the building, the reality of always friendly staff nearby, the generally near-full (or at least, not empty) coffee pot around the bend, and the plethora of conveniently located reading materials, all lent themselves to a comfortable and supportive atmosphere…. Indeed, Lane Hall was always my second home when in Ann Arbor. Much of my dissertation was written there – I can still recall the all-nighters there, and I did appreciate the availability of the coffee pot (and the fact that, as a Center employee, I had access to the building and to making coffee!). “ ”- Pat Willerton, graduate student in Russian Studies and Political Science, 1978-1985
  71. 71. I remember when I first walked into the building in 1985 as a masters student; I thought, ‘how cool.’ It was warm and cozy, very Asian with the tatami, homey to students. Japanese language students used to do their exams on the pillows. Of course there were drawbacks working there….schlepping boxes of copy paper up to the third floor because there was no elevator wasn’t very fun. “ ”- Pat O’Connell-Young, Center for Chinese Studies since 1992
  72. 72. Lane Hall Lilac Bushes Attacked at Dawn It was at the dawn of the workday (around 8 o’clock) one morning in spring when the lilac bushes surrounding the building and the wide front steps of Lane Hall were about to bloom. Suddenly men on bulldozers roared up to the building and began to uproot the lilac bushes! The staff of the Centers were horrified. Somehow the beautiful and spacious Lane Hall felt more like a home than a workplace, and we looked forward to and cherished the sweet and abundant lilacs that bloomed in our front yard each spring. We panicked at the size and speed of the bush attackers, and felt as if someone was violating our private property. Although I was a new administrative assistant, I was asked to contact the head of Plant Services, and communicate the staff sense of outrage at the loss of the lilacs- just before they bloomed! And incredibly, the bulldozers were stopped, before noon. Bushes that had been uprooted were placed back in the ground (where unfortunately, they withered and died). But the huge bushes lining the front steps were left untouched. They bloomed that year and continued to add beauty and delight to every spring as long as the Centers were located in Lane Hall! “ ”- Mary Mostaghim, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, 1980-2000
  73. 73. The Seringa Microphila was in jeopardy because of a construction project. The plant department contacted me to see what we could do to rehabilitate the site, and even improve it, because the lilac bushes had to go and people weren’t happy about it. So it became a site rehab job, one of those items in that bailiwick where graduate students were involved making the plan, presenting the proposal, etc. This was in 1985 or so. It was a nice mini student project with 4- 5 students involved for the design. They planted some Asiatic lilac (the Seringa Meyeri, or the dwarf Korean lilac) and put in some Serbian spruce that has a form that looks like a Japanese bagoda. This was to stay in keeping with the building, which did have an Asian theme. “ ”- Chuck Jenkins, Professor of Planting Design and Ornamental Design in Landscape Architecture, 1965- 1999
  74. 74. The Association for Asian Studies, the world’s biggest area studies association with some 8,000 members, was famously headquartered in the basement for many years. Famous in that Asianists everywhere knew about Lane Hall but the few who actually visited were appalled by the rabbit-warren conditions of life…..It’s a great building—I miss it. “ ”- John Campbell, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for Japanese Studies, 1982-1987
  75. 75. When Blanchard was governor, China opened up and a series of sister state relations were created. U-M wanted Michigan to partner with Liaoning because of its automobile industry, while Michigan State wanted Sichuan because of its heavy agriculture. Michigan State got it, but they really didn’t have any center that could carry through as the governor’s hand-maiden. This was all very important to Governor Blanchard because he found out that going to China stood for good press, and he was pretty upset with Michigan State. He wanted U- M to take it on….Ken DeWoskin volunteered and totally wowed the governor. That was up on the 3rd floor of Lane Hall: the governor’s sister state relations office running the program with Sichuan. The Governor was so pleased with the success that he once came to sign an Education Bill in the lobby of Lane Hall. “ ”- Bob Dernberger, Class of 1958, Professor of Economics and often Director of the Center for Chinese Studies, 1967-1997
  76. 76. 1988 A meal in the Lane Hall Commons Room. CREES Conference on “Religion and Marxism in East Central Europe,” October 1988.
  77. 77. 1990 Mary Ringia Mostaghim (CMENAS) by the Lane Hall rock garden, circa 1990. The rock garden was created in the 1970s by Asian Studies graduate students in Professor Rhoads Murphey’s history class. On each side of the rock garden, a raised floor provided a place for students to sit and study.
  78. 78. 1991 Professor William Malm’s Japanese Music Study Group
  79. 79. One thing I remember is getting Professor Oksana Beidina, a female professor of economics at a Russian university to run a course on Russian business for MBA students from the B-school. We dragged those business students to Moscow, made them stay in dormitories and then subjected them to a woman’s view of the Russian economy. Including female business people who were totally dismissive of men as incompetents. “ ”- Jane Burbank, Professor of History, Director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies, 1992- 1995
  80. 80. 1992 Fredj Stambouli’s sociology course, visiting professor from Tunisia
  81. 81. I was up in the attic for six and a half years. It was hot. Even in the dead of winter, boiling hot. There was no elevator, the bathrooms were in the basement so you never wanted to drink very much. There were three offices up in the attic. You were up high and couldn’t see because the windows were high and narrow, but we got the most fabulous sunsets. They were just terrific. One time, we had a visitor from the University of New Mexico when we were having a terrible winter. In 53 days we had had a total of 5 hours of sunlight. There we were with these little narrow windows. And then all of a sudden, this bright ray of sunlight comes through. All of us who lived in Ann Arbor stopped and our jaws dropped, just staring at that ray of sunshine. The guy from New Mexico was saying, ‘What is going on?’ And we were all saying, ‘The sun, the sun.’ We couldn’t talk, we were so thrilled to see this slice of sunlight coming in through the narrow window. “ ”- Heidi Tietjen, Center for Japanese Studies, 1988-1997
  82. 82. Most of my memories of the place are not terribly positive ones – e.g., writing one DE grant proposal in sweaters and wool hats since the furnace was broken and it took several days to repair it; during roof repairs, coming to my office finding water leaking into my office and also finding a bat hanging from the CREES bulletin board (Beni caught it and put it back in the attic). Wish we’d gotten a picture of the bat on the bulletin board…..That early cold spell and work without heat would have been in October 1996. “ ”- Donna Parmelee, Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies since 1990
  83. 83. 1996 A CREES course in oral history and focus group methods in the Lane Hall Commons Room (Ford Foundation-sponsored project, “Identity Formation and Social Problems in Estonia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan”)
  84. 84. 1996 China Center Staff Meredith Flax, Pat O’Connell Young and Ena Schlorff. The yellow pennant says “Danger.”
  85. 85. 1997 Moving Out Marysia Ostafin (CREES) Pat O’Connell Young (China)Donna Parmelee & Gwen Tessier (CREES)
  86. 86. One might ask where are the BIG rocks from the lobby area? Well, they are now residing in faculty and staff gardens. Happily reminding us all of Lane and the years we all spent there. “ ”- Pat O’Connell-Young, Center for Chinese Studies since 1992
  87. 87. The Area Studies Centers moved out in November 1997 to join the International Institute in their new quarters on South University. The School of Natural Resources moved in briefly (May 1998 – January 1999) while renovations were done on their building.
  88. 88. My very temporary quarters in summer 1998 at Lane Hall: A lovely, quaint place at the north end of the second floor…The purple finches never seemed to mind the busy bus traffic. And the view across Washington was surprisingly pastoral. “ ”- Rachel Kaplan, Professor of Environmental Psychology in the School of Natural Resources since 1978
  89. 89. In the meantime, in the spring of 1997, the University offered Lane Hall as the best campus building available for the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Women’s Studies Program (which had been located in West Hall). The University agreed that an addition would be needed to meet the space needs of these new tenants, and after much discussion, planning, and drawing, renovations and construction began in February 1999.
  90. 90. 1999 The addition to Lane Hall. Picture by Tom Walterhouse, spring 1999.
  91. 91. 1999 Renovations in the Lane Hall commons room Picture by Tom Walterhouse, spring 1999.
  92. 92. 1999 Lane Hall cornerstone Picture by Tom Walterhouse, spring 1999.
  93. 93. ”- Heidi Tietjen, Center for Japanese Studies. “They were the BEST lilac bushes. Picture by Tom Walterhouse, spring 1999. Many of the original lilac bushes (pictured left) were pulled out for the renovations. Eventually, new lilac bushes were replanted.
  94. 94. 2000 New lilac bushes planted at Lane Hall
  95. 95. By June 2000, administrative staff from the Institute and Women’s Studies, faculty and student researchers, program directors, as well as women’s studies faculty from departments across campus started settling into the new quarters. The renovated and expanded Lane Hall – with faculty and graduate student offices, classrooms, information/technology labs, interview rooms, meeting rooms, research bays, a library, and exhibition space for University and local artists – reflects what we feels is an unprecedented and exciting commitment by the University to scholarship and teaching on women and gender.
  96. 96. 2000 Lane Hall Opening Celebration
  97. 97. 2000 Lane Hall Opening Celebration
  98. 98. We would like to thank everyone who helped to make this exhibit possible, including Kathy Marquis and all of the staff at the Bentley Historical Library, as well as C. Grey Austin from the days of the S.R.A., and many faculty and staff of the Area Studies Centers, with special thanks for the time and enthusiasm of Beni, Mary Mostaghim, and Pat O’Connell-Young. Most of the photos were duplicated from originals at the Bentley Historical Library. Additional photo contributions were from C. Grey Austin, Tom Walterhouse, and the Area Studies Center. Special thanks to Kristin McGuire for initially compiling and editing this exhibit.