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Prof. Hall Says U.S. Needs
More Kniow-How on Nations

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the
fourth in a series of weekly articles
on faculty personalities).
Much-travelled Prof. Robert B.
Hall, of the geography depart-
ment, has brought back everything
through the years from malaria to
a firm conviction that this coi,
try needs to know more about oth-
As director of the new Center
for Japanese Studies, Prof. Hall is
beginning the task of creating a
vast fund of information about
Japan. He gave us four major
aims of the Center:
1. The training of area special-
2 The building up of a major
3. The carrying out of a long
term research program.
4. The publication of informa-
tion on special areas.
Similar Aims
The aims of the University's
Center are the same as other re-
cently established centers at ma-
jor American Universities. Prof.
Hall has done a srt of coordinat-
ing job in regard to the organi-
zation of these centers. That is,
his book, "Area Studies" brings
together various research plans as
the foundation of the present pro-
gram. At the present time, Rus-
sia, China, India, the Near East
. nd Scandinavia are under study
at Columbia, Harvard, Pennsyl-
vania, Princeton and Minnesota,
What good are they? Prof. Hall
answers: "In the kind of world we
live in today, the same kind of
information necessary to win the
war is necessary to keep the peace.
This country must know other's
potentials for both peace and war
-must have a true. picture of con-
ditions throughout the world."
Simple Example
"Suppose, to give a simple. ex-
ample, that the Japanese had had
a true picture of the United States
before the war. Assuming that
the politicians would have listened
to their professors, there would
have been no Pearl Harbor. As it
was, they completely misjudged
us and committed suicide."
In order to get a true picture of
Japan, Prof. Hall has four other
p'rofessors active in the Center:
James M. Plumer (fine arts)
Charles F. Rener (economics),
Mischa Titiev (anthropology) and
Joseph K. Yamagiwa (Japanese
Prof. Hall, who teaches courses
on the Far East and Asia, and eco-
nomic geography, has been check-
ing up (by request of the govern-
ment) on the Far East and other
parts of the world for a good many
years. He has been in the Army in
three wars, counting the Mexican
(Continued from Page 7)
Department of Romance Langu-
ages will give a reception, immed-
iately after her lecture, on Nov. 5,
for Mile Helene Barland, of the
French Cultural Mission to the
United States. The reception will
be held in the West Conference
Room, Rackham Bldg. All regu-
lar members of the Club are cor-
diallly invited.
Advanced conversation group of
the Sociedad Hispanica: Mon.,
Nov. 3, 3-5 p.m., International
La p'tite causette: Mon., - 3:30
p.m., Russian Room, Michigan

Russian Circle: Meeting, 8 p.m.,
Mon., Nov. 3, International Center.
Lecture and Demonstration on the
music of Shostakovich. Everyone
is welcome.
Michigan Chapter Inter-Colleg-
iate Zionist Federation of Ameri-
ca: Prof. Preston Slosson of the
History Department " will discuss
the significance of the U.N.S.C.-
O.P. report Tues., Nov. 4, 8 p.m.,
Hillel Foundation. Refreshments
and social follow. All invited.
Michigan Dames Art Group: 8
p.m., Mon., Henderson Room,
Michigan -League. Speaker: Asst.
Prof. A. K. Lahti, of the School
of Architecture and Design. Mrs.
George Luther, chairman.
Bowling will be available at a
nominal fee for University women
and their guests at the alleys in
the Women's Athletic Building on
Forest and North University be-
ginning Monday, Nov. 3, 7:30 to
9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Tennis or bowling shoes must be

Border Chase just before World
War I.
BT Veteran
During the last war, Prof. Hall
was assigned to set upahresearch
intelligence unit in the China-
Burma Theater, later helped or-
ganize the Kachin tribes for the
Burma counter-attack and com-
manded various units under Gen.
Joseph Stilwell.
Before Pearl Harbor, he went to
each of the twenty-one Latin-
American Republics on a govern-
mnent mission-to see what the
Tans were up to. His conclusion,
briefly, was that the Japanese set-
tlements were potentially danger-

China Lecture * .*.
Dr. Earle H. Cressy, recently
returned from China where he
spent many years as representa-
tive of the New York Associated
Boards for Christian Colleges in
China, will speak at 4 p.m. to-
morrow at Lane Hall on educa-
tional and student conditions in
The program is open to all in-
terested students.
* * *
Hillel Meeting .. .
Hillel will honor Jewish for-
eign students at 7:30 p.m. today
at the Foundation.
This International Night is
open to all students who are
interested in hearing short talks
by students from foreign coun-
Fascist Mentality*...
"Fascist Mentality" will be the
subject of a talk by Lester Be-
berfall at 8 p.m. today at Robert
Owen Co-op House.
The talk will be sponsored by
the Inter-Cooperative Council,
and is open to the public.
Scientist To Speak .. .
Dr. R. L. Meier, newly ap-
pointed National Executive Sec-
retary of the Federation of
American Scientists, will ad-
dress the Association of Univer-
sity of Michigan Scientists at 8
p.m. tomorrow in the East Con-
ference, Room of the Rackham
* * *
Hawaiian Students .. .
Students from Hawaii will meet
at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Inter-
national Venter to organize a
Hawaiian students club.
* * *
Radio Tryouts .. .
Tryouts for Campus Quartre,
Union and League-sponsored radio
program, will be held between 4
and 5 p.m. tomorrow in Rm, 4208
Angell Hall.

LARGEST DONATION-Prof. Karl F. Lagler (left), director of
the University's Community Fund campaign accepts AVC's $1,000
pledge from Jack Geist, AVC chairman. The contribution was the
largest gift from any organization in the history of the Ann Arbor
Community Chest.
AVC To Present 'Open City';
Community Chest To Benefit


FOUND-At least one college
which is not bothered by the hous-
ing shortage!
While virtually every educa-
tional institution in the nation is
plagued by a housing dearth forc-
ing students to take up residence
in trailers, gyms, and other make-
shifts, the University of Pittsburgh
has more rooms than it knows
what to do with. In fact an ar-
ticle in the Pitt student newspaper
delares that there are plenty of
rooms - and even apartments on
hand for students there. The Pitt
paper urged editorially that stu-
dents contact the housing bureau
to take some of the extra housing
off their hands.
. .
Although the University of Wis-
consin is generally regarded as a
fairly liberal school, with regula-
tions even permitting the sale of
beer in the student union, writers
in the Badger student newspaper
charge that the administration is
becoming dogmatic and rigid. The
students declare that certain ad-
ministrators are "out to get" some
groups in -the student body. Ac-
cording to the students they are
treated like children, and adminis-
trators are displaying presonal
power instead of treating the stu-
dents as human beings.
* * *
The journalism school at North-
western University has come un-
der fire in an article in the Amer-
ican Mercury. The magazine
charges that. the Northwestern
journalism school offers faculty
instruction, and is dominated by
interests on the Chicago Tribune.
However, the head of the school,
Dean Kenneth Olson, refutes these
charges, declaring that the article
is shot full of inaccuracies.
* * *
At nearby Michigan State Col-
lege ten coeds have been inducted
into the ROTC. However, the
Spartan coeds are not contemplat-
ing military careers. They will
merely serve as sponsors on the
various branches, of the state
ROTC department.
* * *
From the University of Cali-
fornia comes word that the stu-
dent newspaper, Daily Californian,
has just escaped a move to impose

No Housing Shortage at Pitt;
ROTC at MSC Inducts Coeds

compulsory outside controls. Last
semester a compulsory advisory
board was named to control the
student paper. Now it has been de-
cided to abolish the board. The
Daily Californian editorially ap-
plauded the move as a genuine
gesture of progressive cooperation.
* * *
That traveling Congressional
committee investigating the cost
of living has stopped off at an-
other college. The congressmen
heard testimony from student-vet-
erans at the University of Wash-
ington. Students told the commit-
tee that the cost of living in
Seattle has spiraled upward since
the removal of price controls and
urged that Congress do something
about high costs during its special
session. Earlier, the committee
visited half-a-dozen other cam-
puses around the nation to hear
student testimony on high living
i ii

Play Group
Will Present
Prize Drama
Darling, Kratt Play
Leads in 'Our Town'
Larry Darling and Marcella
Kratt will play the lead roles of
George Gibbs and Emily Webb
respectively in Thornton Wilder's
drama "Our Town," which the
Speech Department's Play Pro-
duction will present at 8 p.m.
Wednesday through Saturday at
the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
The stage manager, who acts as
narrator throughout the play will
be portrayed by Albert Nadeau.
Since the entire drama is staged
without scenery, and with the cur-
tain always up, the narrator per-
forms the function of informing
the audience of time and setting
and prefaces the performance
with a few remarks about Grover's
Corners, New Hampshire, the lo-
cale of the story.
The supporting roles of Mr. and
Mrs. Webb will be played by James
Lynch and Eugenia McCallumn,
and Ann B. Davis will take the part
of Mrs. Gibbs. The production is
under the direction of Prof. Val-
entine Windt of the Speech de-
partment, and stage settings are
under the supervision of Jack
Tickets will go on sale tomorrow
at the Lydia Mendelssohn Box
Office. They may be purchased
from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2
to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday,
and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. the re-
mainder of the:week. Special stud-
ent rates will be in effect for the
Wednesday and Thursday per-
Seniors Must Sign Up
Monday for Pictures
Monday will be the last day for
seniors to sign up for Michigan-
ansian senior picture appoint-
The business office of the 'En-
Sian will be open from 9 to 5 p.m.
for applicants.


ous in Peru and Brazil, if the Jap-
anese or Germans had pushed
near them in the early stages of
the war
During the First World War, he
did a resource survey for the Navy
on Haiti.
Prof. Hall has been here since
1920, exclusive of travels. His
daughter is a graduate of the
architecture school and is now
teaching at Brookside school, near
Birmingham, Mich. His son is a
senior in the literary college.

In line with AVC's all-out cam-
paign to support the Ann Arbor
Community Chest, the campus
chapter will sponsor a benefit
showing of the prize-winning
Italian film, "Open City" at 8:30
p.m. Friday and Saturday in Hill
All proceeds will go to the Red
Feather Fund to bolster the chap-
ter's $1,000 pledge to the cam-
Jack Geist, chairman of AVC,
announced that no attempt would
be made to seat patrons in those
sections of the auditorium found
objectionable because of poor view
and faulty acoustics. Thus, he not-
ed, tickets will be available for
about 60 per cent of the auditor-

ium. They will go on sale at 2:30
p.m. Thursday at the box office.
"Open City," now in its second
year on Broadway will have its
popular price premiere in this
area at the benefit showing.
The film, produced in Italy
shortly after the liberation of
Rome, concerns the workings of
the Rome underground during the
war. It tells of an underground
leader and a Roman parish priest
who work against German rule
until their betrayal to the Gestapo
results in torture and death.
The New York Film Critics and
the National Board of Review vot-
ed "Open City," the best foreign
film of last year. Many reviewers
called it one of the best movies of
all time.

The Rev. Everett Jensen, assis-
tant director of Luthern World
Action, will speak to the LUTHER-
5:30 p.m. today at the Zion Par-
ish Hall.
* * *
Roger Williams Guild will meet
at 6 p.m. today to hear E. J. Ab-
bott, president of the Physicists
Research Co., speak on "Industry's
Contribution to Tomorrow."
* * *
Congregational-Disciples Guild
will meet at 6 p.m. today for a
Personality." Participants in thE
panel discussion on "Christian
panel will be Jane Blood, Don
Palmer, Mary Belle Roberts, Rob-
ert Santway, and Dwight Walsh.
* * *
Dr. Harold Kuhn, professor of
philosophy, Asbury Seminary, will
speak to the MICHIGAN CHRIST-
IAN FELLOWSHIP at 4:30 p.m
today in Lane Hall on the topic
"Revelation and Reason."





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