Lausanne Hall Through the Years

Many students have lived in Lausanne Hall throughout the years, and in celebration of this landmark campus building we have a display with numerous photos and historical descriptions.  Below are some of the photos and description plates about Lausanne Hall which will be on display until May 15th.

l2Throughout Lausanne Hall’s History, she has had many names Woman’s College, Women’s College, Lausanne Hall, and the U.S.S. Lausanne.  And the name Lausanne has been used for three different buildings.

There are some fun quotes highlighting life in Lausanne Hall, such as from the Willamette Collegian, November 11, 1909: “No more fear from fire at the Hall now.  We have a new chemical fire extinguisher and a chain-ladder fire escape. ”  Then a week later in the Collegian, “Lausanne Hall was saved from destruction by fire last Saturday by gallant efforts of Messrs. Oakes, Anderson and Booth.  As is the case with boys, they visited the kitchen afterwards.”


In 1918, the old Lausanne Hall was condemned, and a song was made about its languishing condition: “There’s an old historic building, Fames in story and in song. Where the Westland’s fairest daughters Linger: may they linger long.  Old Lausanne may not look splendid, Its appearance don’t deride, it is some majestic ruin, When you view it from the inside.  (Second Chorus) Through insurance underwriters Think its fire risk is too great To Protect it by insurance. Yet it’s here we want to state Thought they call it an “Old Firetrap…”

In October of 1919, the old Lausanne Hall was razed by the Willamette “boys” and finished by professional workmen.  The old Music Building at Willamette was remodeled and temporarily used for housing for the young women at Willamette while the new home was being built.


As World War II rolled around, in December of 1942 the Board of Trustees approved a plan to offer Lausanne Hall as a men’s dormitory in the event Willamette was selected as a site for a Navy or Army training unit for World War II.  In April, 1943, Willamette was selected as a site to offer the V-12 naval program and plans are made to house 150 men in Lausanne, and a few months later in July 270 men reported to Willamette University’s naval headquarters (Gatke Hall). In October 1945, the V-12 Navy program comes to an end.


Youth Leadership Month

Our current display of books and DVDs are centered around Youth Leadership Month.  There are books and videos that feature strong leaders as the main characters, historical movers and shakers, as well as materials to brush up leadership skills.

All of these materials are available to check out, as always!





Thompson Exhibit

James B. Thompson: Fragments In Timejames-thompson1

January 23 – March 26, 2016

The Mark O. Hatfield Library has some art pieces by James B. Thompson on display on the first floor of the library.  This is in conjunction with the current exhibit by Thompson in the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art presents a twenty-year retrospective exhibition, “Fragments in Time,” by Willamette University’s art faculty member James B. Thompson in the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery.

“Fragments in Time” explores the development of Thompson’s work during thejames-thompson3 past two decades, and features 179 artworks that range through 11 series, starting with Thompson’s “Certain Situations” from the mid-1990s, to his most recent “Forgotten Biography of Tools” from 2015. Utilizing various mediums — including mixed-media, painting, intaglio prints, embossed paper and kiln-formed glass — Thompson focuses on his various interests in ancient history, golf, changing landscapes, life in a French village and even hand tools, by incorporating  fragmented references to these in his art making process.

Portland, Oregon art writer and critic Bob Hicks says, “In keeping with his theory of a fragmented universe, Thompson creates situations in his art, but not stories: juxtapositions, suggestions, leftover objects and ideas. Then like a collagist of objects and ideas alike, he creates something new.”

In addition to the objects on display in the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the exhibition is accompanied by a full-color, 128 page book by Portland, Oregon art writer and critic Bob Hicks.

james-thompson4The images included on this page are just a few items on display in the Hatfield Library, which includes a selection of related books from the library’s general collection (books on display can be checked out).

More information is available on the Hallie Ford Museum of Art web site:




Escape Fiction Display

escape-from-fiction-wu-reads-displayThroughout the month of January we will have up a display of fiction movies and books from our general collection.  There are classics and newbies to browse through.  The display is located on the first floor of the library, and all materials in it are available to be checked out.

Here are just a few titles that are in the temporary display:


Astro Boy
The Mists of Avalon
Blade Runner
My Brother is from Another Planet
Tales of Earth Sea
Castle in the Sky
District 9
Total Recall
Toy Story 3
Minority Report
Invasion of the Body Snatchers



Harry Potter
The Lost Heir
The Hunger Games
Ink Heart
Goblin Secrets
Boy, Snow, Bird
Cloud Atlas
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Sword in the Stone
The Hitch Hikers Trilogy
Watership Down



Popular Reading Collection Suggestions

If you’re going away for Thanksgiving or staying close to campus, why not grab a great book from our Popular Reading Collection which is near the elevator. Here are just a few of the over 350 titles we have to consider:

The lord of Opium
Nancy Farmer, PZ7.F23814 Lor 2013
In 2137, fourteen-year-old Matt is stunned to learn that, as the clone of El Patrón, he is expected to take over as leader of the corrupt drug empire of Opium, where there is also a hidden cure for the ecological devastation faced by the rest of the world.

Eat to live cookbook: 200 delicious nutrient-rich recipes for fast and sustained weight loss, reversing disease, and lifelong health
Joel Fuhrman, RM222.2 .F8395 2013
Filled with nutritious, delicious, and easy-to-prepare recipes for every occasion, the Eat to Live Cookbook shows you how to follow Dr. Fuhrman’s life-changing program as you eat your way to incredible health.

Code name Verity
Elizabeth Wein. PZ7.W4358 Cp 2012
In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can

The brides of Rollrock Island
Margo Lanagan, PZ7.L216 Br 2012
On remote Rollrock Island, men go to sea to make their livings–and to catch their wives. The witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal, of luring the beauty out of the beast. And for a price a man may buy himself a lovely sea-wife. He may have and hold and keep her. And he will tell himself that he is her master. But from his first look into those wide, questioning, liquid eyes, he will be just as transformed as she. He will be equally ensnared. And the witch will have her true payment.

Raina Telgemeier Gurihiru, PN6727.T294 D73 2012
Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going

Spontaneous Happiness
Andrew Weil, RA790 .W45 2011
In just eight weeks you will learn to influence your mood through natural, healthy means; improve your physical and mental health; discover how to sleep better; connect with others; and achieve balance and serenity.

Silver : return to Treasure Island
Andrew Motion, PR6063.O842 S55 2012b
It’s almost forty years after the events of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island:  Jim Hawkins now runs an inn called the Hispaniola on the English coast with his son, Jim, and Long John Silver has returned to England to live in obscurity with his daughter, Natty. Their lives are quiet and unremarkable; their adventures have seemingly ended.
But for Jim and Natty, the adventure is just beginning. One night, Natty approaches young Jim with a proposition: return to Treasure Island and find the remaining treasure that their fathers left behind so many years before. As Jim and Natty set sail in their fathers’ footsteps, they quickly learn that this journey will not be easy.  Immediately, they come up against murderous pirates, long-held grudges, and greed and deception lurking in every corner.

The Dog Stars (Vintage Contemporaries)
Peter Heller, PS3608.E454 D64 2012
Hig somehow survived the flu pandemic that killed everyone he knows. Now his wife is gone, his friends are dead, and he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, Jasper, and a mercurial, gun-toting misanthrope named Bangley.

But when a random transmission beams through the radio of his 1956 Cessna, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists outside their tightly controlled perimeter. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return and follows its static-broken trail, only to find something that is both better and worse than anything he could ever hope for.


For more great titles, search the library home page (the online catalog) for “popular reading” in quotes.



Banned Books 2015

banned-bks-2015Banned Books Week for 2015 is held Sept 27-Oct 3. Celebrate your freedom to read by reading a book from our Banned Books display, which will be on display from Sept 25th throughout October on the first floor of the library.  We encourage you to check them out!

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.  It highlights the value of free and open access to information, and brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.


Over this past decade, 5,099 challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom. These are the top five reasons…

1,577 challenges due to “sexually explicit” material
1,291 challenges due to “offensive language”
989 challenges due to materials deemed “unsuited to age group”
619 challenged due to “violence”‘
361 challenges due to “homosexuality”



The top ten most frequently challenged books last year include:

1)      The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”

2)      Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi

Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”

3)      And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “promotes the homosexual agenda”

4)      The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”

5)      It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris

Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. Additional reasons: “alleges it child pornography”

6)      Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Reasons: Anti-Family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group. Additional reasons:

7)      The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence

8)      The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”

9)      A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group

10)  Drama, by Raina Telgemeier

Reasons: sexually explicit


For more information on getting involved with Banned Books Week visit the ALA Banned Books web site:

Source: ALA Banned Books web site

Katriniana Exhibit

Ten years ago Hurricane Katrina slammed into Louisiana, and causing the New Orleans’ levees to fail.  It forced hundreds of thousands from their homes and left 80 percent of the city under water.

Doreen Simonsen, Humanities and Fine Arts Librarian at Willamette, has put on display an outstanding exhibit of literary and artistic responses to Hurricane Katrina on the 2nd floor of the library.  It is a selection of various genres that range from children’s literature, art exhibitions, fiction, music, and film.  The exhibit is her personal collection and will be on display until Sept. 23rd, and also includes some rare materials.  Make sure to view it before it comes down!

Below are some photos taken of this exhibit.




Katriniana: Literary and Artistic Responses to Hurricane Katrina

Katriniana is a phrase coined by Susan Larson, former Book Editor for the Times-Picayune Newspaper of New Orleans, to describe the inundation of books written about Hurricane Katrina and its impact.Katrina Cross-Stitch In the ten years since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and precipitated the failure of the federal levees in New Orleans leaving 80% of the city underwater, writers, artists, photographers, musicians, filmmakers and many more have been using their skills to respond to the devastation. Benefit works, sympathetic responses, communal rebuilding efforts, celebrations of the rich cultures of New Orleans, and a little bit of carpetbagging characterize the various types of literary and artistic responses to the storm and its aftermath.

A collection of these works will be on display on the second floor of the the Mark O. Hatfield Library until September 23, 2015.

Read It Again

Summer time is often a little slower paced academically, but also filled with work and extra curricular activities.  Why not have a book on hand to read between those activities?  And how about re-reading something you enjoyed?

Come get a book or movie from our current “Read It (or watch) Again” collection.  Relive the joy of a favorite book or watch a movie you really enjoyed watching before.  They are located on the first floor of the library.


Faculty Works Display, Spring 2015

The Hatfield Library will have a large selection of faculty works on display on the first floor of the library from April 1st through May 18th (after graduation).  The collection ranges from models of theatre productions to selections of scholarly research articles and books written by Willamette faculty.  Please feel free to read the articles written by our faculty.  Below are some photos of this year’s exhibit.


faculty-11Willamette “Faculty at Work”
faculty-1Chris Smith – Biology Department
faculty-12Selected Faculty Works on Display
faculty-2Emma Coddington – Biology Department
faculty-13Articles by Willamette Faculty
faculty-3Courtney Stevens – Psychology Department
faculty-14 Prints by Art Faculty
faculty-4James Thompson – Art Department
faculty-15 Photos of Theatre Productions
faculty-5Ellen Eisenberg – History Department
faculty-16 Model Design of Theatre Stages
faculty-6Juwen Zhang – Chinese Studies
faculty-17Artistic pieces by Art Faculty
faculty-8Karen Holman – Chemistry Department
faculty-18Sculpture by Art Faculty
faculty-9Alexandra Opie – Art Department
faculty-19 Book publication with Excerpts
faculty-10Bill Smaldone – History Department